Employee Health Service
The Employee Health Service (EHS) staff includes board certified physicians in Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine (Preventive Medicine),
registered nurses, and nurse practitioners who provide a variety of direct health care services and health promotion activities for the University of Connecticut Health Center and John Dempsey Hospital employees, contracted employees (i.e. dietary workers), and volunteers.
We also provide services for students and resident physicians and dentists that are related to their educational and vocational training.
EHS is part of the Department of Medicine, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and is located in The Exchange building across the street from UCHC.
Employee Health Service Functions
- Pre-placement evaluations including occupational history, physical examination, and immunization screening.
- Evaluation and management of on-the-job injuries.
- Medical surveillance activities are carried out
using regulatory guidelines provided by various agencies.
Some of our programs include:
- industrial respirator evaluations for users
- evaluations for commercial driver's licenses (CDL) as required by DOT
- annual evaluations for animal care handlers
- vision screening for workers using lasers
- screening for workers exposed to large nuclear magnetic fields
- hearing conservation program for those exposed to loud noises
- Immunization screening for all UCHC "new-comers", including volunteers and post-doctoral fellows, in accordance with CDC-ACIP guidelines and state regulations.
- Tuberculosis control program including a 2-step tuberculin skin test (TST) - an initial test followed by an annual TST thereafter.
An aggressive treatment plan and follow-up of individuals with latent tuberculosis infection, including dispensing of free medication therapy through a program with the Connecticut Tuberculosis Control Program.
- Training and control of Bloodborne Pathogen Exposures coordinated with the Office of Research Safety and the Infection Control Program.
- Fitness for duty assessments as requested by Employee Assistance Program counselors or managers.
- Random forensic urine drug screening as part of:
- the Physician Health Program of the Connecticut State Medical Society for controlling abuse of illicit drugs among physicians;
- the requirement for the Department of Public Health, Quality Assurance Licensing Board to ensure licensed health care professionals are safely able to keep their licenses and work;
- a mandated "Last Chance Agreement" signed by the employee, the employer, and the union representative as a condition for a safe return to work.
- Evaluation of potential work-related illnesses and
injuries, including cumulative injuries due to ergonomic problems at the workstation.
- Functional capacity assessment using the Blankenship protocol for evaluation of body strength and flexibility to perform work duties.
Marc Croteau, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Employee Health Service
Director, Occupational & Environmental Medicine Clinic
Section of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
University of Connecticut Health Center
270 Farmington Avenue, MC 6210
Farmington, CT 06030-6210
Phone (860) 679-3744
Fax (860) 679-4587