COSHOCTON -- In today's business environment, the strength of the workplace depends on the good health of the employees. Coshocton Hospital Occupational Medicine services has recently opened to help businesses meet the demands of health screening requirements, physicals and workplace injury management to maintain a safe and healthy business environment.

Coshocton Hospital Occupational Medicine is a service with a focus on the health and safety of workforce employees, operating under the sole purpose to meet the needs of the business community for workplace health and wellness services. These services include overseeing the care, management and follow-up of workers compensation injuries, performing Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals, and providing employment post-offer physical examinations and return to work physical examinations.

Occupational medicine services also include OSHA-required exams for employees, drug and alcohol screenings with Medical Review Officer (MRO) services, employee immunizations as well as testing services including audiometry and vision screenings, electrocardiogram (EKG) and pulmonary function testing.

The Coshocton Hospital Occupational Medicine Services are provided by Nicholas V. Varrati, MD, and Patrice Ortiz, RN, MS, FNP-BC. Dr. Varrati is a family medicine physician, board certified in pain medicine, who has worked in occupational medicine for over 15 years. He is joined by Patrice Ortiz, RN, MSN, FNP-BC, who has worked a medical/surgical nurse before earning her Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization as a family nurse practitioner in 2012.

Occupational medicine services are located in Medical Office Building 2 at 1523 Walnut St.; the parking lot is located across 15th Street from the Coshocton Hospital Emergency Room entrance. The clinical staff is available by appointment by calling 740-622-3016 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-in service is available for drug and alcohol screenings and minor workplace injuries. For severe injuries, employers are instructed to call 911 or direct their employees to the emergency room for treatment.

For appointments or for more information about on-site services provided by Coshocton Hospital Occupational Medicine, call the office at 740-622-3016.