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 January 22, 2010


Occupational Health Clinic
offers increased level of care

Story & Photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff

Federal employees who need medical attention at Fort McCoy now can get immediate care at the installation’s Occupational Health Clinic (OHC).

Tracy Saboy, the new chief of the OHC, has a master’s of science in nursing, board certification as an adult and family nurse practitioner and specialty skills in orthopedics and occupational health nursing. During his military service, he served as the military chief of the Troop Medical Clinic (TMC) at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. For the past three years before coming to Fort McCoy, he worked at the TMC in Fort Lee, Va., as a civilian employee.

PHOTO: Tracy Saboy (far right), Occupational Health Clinic (OHC)  chief, and Joanne Kemp (center), OHC health technician, administer a vision test as part of a pre-employment physical.
Tracy Saboy (far right), Occupational Health Clinic (OHC) chief, and Joanne Kemp (center), OHC health technician, administer a vision test as part of a pre-employment physical.

“An Occupational Health Nursing Office, which this office (at Fort McCoy) was previously, is the lowest level of medical service available,” Saboy said. “Their role is to do minor medical procedures (such as monitoring blood pressure and conducting military audiograms), but send most of the patients off post to other medical providers.”

“An Occupational Health Clinic is the next step up in care,” he said. “Most of the time, I will handle as many of the medical needs as I can in-house. The goal is to see people, diagnose them, treat them and get them back to work as quickly as possible. I won’t send them off post unless it’s in their best interest.”

The work includes pre-employment physicals for people who are becoming firefighters, police officers or child care workers. Saboy said he also has reached an agreement with the installation TMC to allow him to do laboratory (blood) and X-ray work, so he can diagnose and treat patients. In turn, he also supports the TMC when they need his assistance.

For example, Saboy can treat minor lacerations and prescribe medications, which can be filled on post, on a limited basis, to help people get through a minor illness, such as an infection or cold.

“This is not a catch-all service, and it’s not in lieu of primary care,” Saboy said. “People who believe they need emergency care should call an ambulance. We have emergency medical services personnel on post who are more than happy to respond to those situations.”

The OHC also works closely with the Civilian Personnel Advisory Center and the Installation Safety Office at Fort McCoy to keep track of the installation’s Workers’ Compensation Program, Saboy said. The goal there, too, is to ensure employees are healthy and are assigned work they can perform.

Saboy also serves as Fort McCoy’s emergency medical services officer, which means in the case of a postwide emergency or contingency event, including training exercises, he would be coordinating medical treatment needs for the entire post.

The OHC staff will remain the same, with an OHC health technician in addition to Saboy. The clinic is open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, and the phone numbers are 608-388-2414/3209.

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