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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua Opens Occupational Medicine Clinic

August 15, 2012
Lebanon, NH

To support a healthy workforce in southern New Hampshire, Dartmouth-Hitchcock recently opened an Occupational & Environmental Medicine Clinic at their new Nashua facility.  The clinic, led by Abe Timmons, DO, MPH, FACOEM, is available to Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees as well as the public and is a new service for Dartmouth-Hitchcock in southern NH. 

The clinic is an expansion of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Occupational & Environmental Medicine Clinic in Lebanon, NH, bringing more than 20 years of knowledge and proven success to the new clinic.  Dr. Timmons, Department Chair, is highly experienced in dealing with all areas of occupational medicine including illness and injury management and navigating the workers' compensation system, having directed occupational medicine services for several large employers in New England and for the US Air Force's largest aircraft logistics center at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma City, OK.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Occupational & Environmental Medicine Clinic provides a wide range of services to meet the needs of the business community, from pre-placement testing to return-to-work fitness, offering a streamlined approach to manage the overall health of a workforce.  Complementing the extensive suite of services for area employers, the clinic offers an array of specialized physical evaluation and ability assessment services specifically designed to meet the particular needs of any given industry--from OSHA respirator, DOT and FAA exams, to military, firefighter and law enforcement physicals.  In addition, as part of the comprehensive approach to occupational health and safety, Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Occupational Medicine Clinic also offers medical director services to help businesses design custom occupational health programs appropriate for the needs of their workforce.

The Nashua-based clinic includes an extension of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center's Workers' Compensation Center--facilitating optimal, cost-effective care for the injured worker as part of a collaborative team that includes the worker, employer, adjustor, case manager, and health care provider.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 3.1 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported among private industry employers in the U.S. in 2010, resulting in an incidence rate of 3.5 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers.  In addition, the median days away from work for nonfatal occupational injury and illness cases was eight days in 2010. Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Workers' Compensation Center helps businesses and organizations achieve the optimum level of productivity from their workforce by helping employees get back to work as quickly as possible. Since initiating the Workers' Compensation Center Dartmouth-Hitchcock has decreased its lost productivity by more than 50%, and can now offer the same services to the business community in southern NH.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Occupational & Environmental Medicine Clinic is located at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Nashua's brand new facility at 2300 Southwood Drive in Nashua. With primary and specialty care, urgent appointments, and diagnostic testing such as lab, x-ray, MRI and CT, all under one roof, patients benefit from the extensive resources accessible to our Occupational Medicine team.  In addition, as part of the larger Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System, Dr. Timmons and his team have access to experts in almost every area of medicine. 

For more information, call (603) 577-4166 or visit Dartmouth-Hitchcock.org/OccupationalMedicine

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is a national leader in patient-centered health care and building a sustainable health system. Founded in 1893, the system includes New Hampshire's only Level 1 trauma center and its only air ambulance service, as well as the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of only 40 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the nation, and the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the state's only Children's Hospital Association-approved, comprehensive, full-service children's hospital. As an academic medical center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock provides access to nearly 1,000 primary care doctors and specialists in almost every area of medicine, as well as world-class research at the Audrey and Theodor Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

For more information contact Jackie Clancy at (603) 577-4234.

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