If you work in manufacturing, you know there's a chance you could get injured on the job. Since heavy equipment is usually involved that's the nature of the business. That was a risk MidStates Printing in Aberdeen didn't want to take so they hired Avera St. Luke's Business Health to minimize work site injuries and maximize their health.
MidStates Printing has a longstanding history in Aberdeen as a commercial printing and mailing shop. In 2006, they began a relationship with Avera St. Luke's Business Health. MidStates H.R. Manager Becky Mutziger says so far their 4 year history together has been successful at keeping their 300 member workforce at work, happy and healthy.
Mutziger says, "We have seen huge changes. Our recordable injuries for work comp dropped over 50% since we added this program and another thing the employees enjoy the fact that a physical therapist and nurse are onsite that they can see for work related injuries or if they feel ill or have an ache or pain that has nothing to do with work. They can go to them free of charge.
Some employees (depending on where they are stationed in the plant) have to be careful of repetitive motions, like a jogging motion in their wrists, so they are cross trained and switch positions every 2 hours. That's something they learned from Avera St. Luke's Business Health.
Avera St. Luke's Business Health's Marie Quaschnick, CNP says, "In injury care, the main role is to assist that worker to get back to work safely. We know that workers go back to work soon will recover faster than those who stay home from work. Most companies are willing to modify their work to lighten their duties so they can get back to work for a speedy recovery. It a win/win for both the employer and employees. Work is actually therapeutic."
MidStates says since they brought in Avera St. Luke's Business Health every year, for the last 4 years, their injury rate has dropped improving their productivity and proving to be an asset for their bottom line. More importantly, MidStates says it's improving the lives of the companies true asset; their people.
Avera St. Luke's Business Health is holding an Open House this Thursday May 6th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.
It will be held at its clinic in Aberdeen, located on the first floor of Avera Dakota Medical Square, 815 First Ave. S.E. The public is invited to come and meet the staff, tour the clinic, sign up for door prizes and enjoy refreshments. Come and learn about our Business Health team's comprehensive services!