McLeod Occupational Health hosts open house

McLeod Health’s Octavia Williams Blake, vice president of Health and Safety, gets ready to cut the ribbon during the open house for the new McLeod Occupational Health center in McLeod Medical Park East, Suite 150 on Thursday night. Helping with the ribbon cutting are Jay Lavrinc, left, director of membership relations for the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Stuart Sandler, medical director of Occupational Health Services at McLeod Health; Fulton Ervin, chief financial officer, McLeod Health; Blake; Dr. Peter Hyman, associate vice president of Onsite Health Services at McLeod Health; and Kim McCracken, business relations manager, McLeod Health.

FLORENCE, S.C. — McLeod Occupational Health celebrated the opening of its new location in McLeod Medical Park East on Thursday night with an open house and ribbon-cutting. The ribbon-cutting was part of the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Five with chamber ambassadors taking part.

The new location of McLeod Occupational Health is 101 S. William H. Johnson St., Suite 150.

Dr. Stuart Sandler, medical director of McLeod Health Occupational Health Services, greeted guests to the Florence After Five event. He said McLeod Occupational Health provides “treatment, services and health care to area businesses and industries at several locations throughout the 18 counties McLeod Health serves.”

“The locations include McLeod Occupational Health Cheraw, McLeod Occupational Health Sumter, McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park located off I-95 and this new location at McLeod Regional Medical Center.”

Sandler said the new location allows them to offer a full range of occupational medicine services. They include DOT-certified exams, physicals, primary care services, treatment for work-related injury and illnesses, on-site X-ray and EKG services, labs, firefighter physicals, and employee health services for McLeod Health staff.

Occupational Health moved from across the McLeod campus where it had been for nearly 30 years. Occupational Health kept outgrowing its space.

Oct. 14 was the first day at the new location.

Nurse Kim McCracken, business relations manager, said occupational health is all about medical health for people who work. It is on-the-job health care and covers things like immunizations, she said.

There are two full-time physicians, Sandler and Dr. Valarian Bruce. Dr. Peter Hyman is associate vice president. Shelly Morris is the director of occupational employee health.

Sandler said he has been with McLeod Health Occupational Health for about two years but has worked in the field for 25 years.

“We take care of the working family,” he said. “Anything that happens at work.”

He said a lot of times people who come to them don’t have a primary doctor.

“This is really a step up for us,” Sandler said.

Hyman said the new site has allowed them to expand their services.

“We are very happy to have this new location,” he said.

Sandler said they have 26 employees in the new building and about 55-60 overall, and 15 on-site locations in industries throughout the McLeod coverage area.

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