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St. Joe/Candler Offers Employers Physical Testing Facility

One of the unique services at St. Joseph’s/Candler’s new outpatient therapy clinic in Garden City that opened this month is the region’s only specialized testing facility to help Savannah employers ensure new employees can do the physical work that their job demands. It’s an enhanced approach to hiring to help companies improve their efficiency in the hiring process.
Called the “Physical Capacity Profile,” no other system collects the amount of physical data for pre-employment/post-offer testing as fast, according to Heidi Prado, clinical coordinator.  The profile can determine pre-existing injuries of office workers to ensure they are capable of work in factories that requires lifting heavy loads all day.  The hospital group plans to market the service to businesses throughout Savannah and the surrounding communities.
“This is a proven system that is based on years of testing.  When we medically document that a new employee has the strength to perform the requirements of their new job, the opportunity for injury is substantially reduced,” according to Prado. 
The test collects 28 different measurements utilizing both isometric and dynamic lifting. The PCP system provides a comprehensive three-page report to the employer that clearly displays whether the employee has the physical capability to perform the job for which they were hired, baseline strength and motion abilities, and pre-existing conditions.
St. Joseph’s/Candler’s Physical Therapy department also provides standard occupational medicine services and worker’s compensation coverage for local employers.
The Occupational Performance Corporation manufactures the Physical Capacity Profile testing system; its studies show a 30 percent decrease in worker compensation injury rates when the system is used.
Savannah employers are faced with increased workers compensation premiums and lowering their injury rates will help them control their costs.  St. Joseph’s/Candler personnel will utilize this new service for newly hired employees as a way to protect them from injury.
The testing is fully compliant with EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission), ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
Prado, along with other members of the St. Joseph’s therapy staff, will administer the 30 minute computerized test. 
“Through this comprehensive testing, we can protect new employees by confirming they have the strength to do their job,” Prado said.  “Protecting employees is a major reason we expanded our therapy services, but it should help businesses as well.” 
St. Joseph’s/Candler Physical Therapy will also be able to use the computerized tests to perform return-to-work evaluations and Functional Capacity Evaluations on employees who do suffer an injury.
To learn more about this new service, Prado can be reached at (912) 964-0007 or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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