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New Berlin - The 2016 election results weren't the only news on Nov. 8. On that date the Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin regional health network opened an occupational medicine clinic at its Moorland Reserve Health Center, 4805 S. Moorland Road.

It's the third occupational medicine clinic for the network, which previously opened locations in Menomonee Falls and West Bend. Businesses generally contract with the clinic for services, but walk-in emergency services are available. The clinic has full-service emergency capabilities to deal with workplace accidents.

Services offered include pre-placement physicals and testing, work injury treatment, preventive medicine and regulatory requirement evaluations. Spokeswoman Kathy Sieja described the clinic's mission as "working with employers to help make their workforce as healthy and productive as healthy and productive as possible."

Sieja said that "most businesses now require pre-employment testing. It might be a physical, mission exams or other kinds of exams. Many businesses require drug testing." She said pre-employment testing "is really about (putting) people in the best position for a job physically."

If employees have health problems or workplace injuries "we can work with employers to find a way they can make sure the employee can stay on the job," Sieja said, including teaching employees ways to avoid on-job injuries. She said the clinic can also work with employers on documentation requirements for workplace injuries.

Michael Borkowski, medical director of occupational health for the network, said preventable workplace injuries result in thousands of lost hours each year. "We get people back to work with a long-term view, combining injury management with prevention to help the employee understand how to stay healthy and prevent a recurrence," he said.

The occupational medicine clinic is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.


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