NORMAL — An independent occupational health center will open soon at Crossroads Center in response to employers’ needs to reduce employee injuries and workers’ compensation costs.

Integrated Work Injury Network (IWIN), which promotes itself as a one-stop shop for occupational health, is scheduled to open during the week of Feb. 11 at the former outlet mall, 482 Wylie Drive, Normal, said Pete Duvendack, who will manage the operation with Michael Davis. Dr. Dru Hauter will be medical director.

“We can help employers to reduce workers’ compensation costs, just as we did in Peoria,” Duvendack said Tuesday. Duvendack, Davis and Hauter also are affiliated with Illinois Work Injury Resource Center, a separate operation in Peoria.

IWIN will be a non-hospital-based occupational health center where work injuries are treated and prevented. Services will include fingerprinting and background checks, X-rays, drug screenings, physical examinations and functional testing to make sure people can perform essential functions of jobs, Duvendack said. Patients primarily work for health care facilities, manufacturers, construction companies and school districts.

The 6,000-square-foot facility, formerly home to a Caterpillar Inc. operation, will include seven exam rooms and a rehabilitation center. The center will open with eight full-time and two-part employees, including physicians, physical therapists and certified medical assistants. Hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Duvendack and Davis formerly were with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Peoria, and Hauter was affiliated with BroMenn Occupational Health Services.

Courtesy: pantagraph.com

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