Story & Photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
employees who need medical attention at Fort McCoy now can get immediate
care at the installation’s Occupational Health Clinic (OHC).
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
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.
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.”
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.”
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.