Sentara Occupational Health Specialists

Worker's Compensation
Dealing with worker’s compensation issues can be a challenging and confusing task for employers. At Sentara Occupational Health Specialists, these issues can be handled in an efficient and cost-effective way. Below is a list of services our worker’s compensation program offers to employers:

  • Board-certified occupational medicine physicians
  • Nurse case manager to follow up with employees, employers and insurance carriers
  • Prompt scheduling of appointments
  • Timely treatment of new injuries/illnesses
  • Follow-up care for all injuries seen after hours
  • Appropriate referrals to specialists, as needed
  • Worksite evaluation by a physician or case manager
  • Company/plant tours by physician and/or case manager
  • Independent medical examinations
  • Second opinion
  • Impairment ratings

Physical Examinations
Sentara Occupational Health Specialists offer several different types of physical exams, including those required by law and others found by employers to be useful in maintaining a healthy and safe workforce.

Department of Transportation (DOT)
Examinations follow all Federal Regulations and Requirements. Basic components include:

  • Height, weight, vital signs, vision and head-to-toe assessment.

Optional components:

  • Audiogram


  • Height, weight, vital signs, vision and head-to-toe assessment.

This examination includes completion of a Pulmonary Function Test questionnaire. Once a baseline physical is completed and on file, the questionnaire will be reviewed to determine if a physical is necessary. Basic components include:

  • Height, weight, vital signs, PFT and heart and lung assessment;
  • Chest X-ray (only if indicated).

Fitness for Duty
This physical is developed specifically for your company and the employee’s job description. When requesting this type of physical, the employer will need to provide a job description and medical record history.

Medical Surveillance
Basic components include:

  • Respiratory physical, head-to-toe assessment, vision, UA dip, baseline chest X-ray and EKG.

This physical helps our clients protect their most valuable asset—their human capital—by enabling employees to take control of their health in an increasingly complex healthcare environment. This proactive examination includes:

  • Height, weight, vital signs, head-to-toe assessment, age appropriate screenings recommended by the American Medical Association.


  • As determined by insurance company.
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Class II and Class III pilot medical examinations and certificates, in compliance Federal Aviation Administration standards.

Drug & Alcohol Testing

Drug and Alcohol Testing Services

  • Certified Medical Review Officer
  • Walk in service—no appointment necessary
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) federally mandated testing
  • Company specific testing (non-DOT)

Drug/Alcohol Screenings:

  • Pre-placement
  • Randoms—DOT/non-DOT (pool selections available)
  • Post-accident
  • Reasonable suspicion
  • Follow-ups
  • Return to work
  • Breath alcohol (DOT/non-DOT)
  • Saliva test (DOT/non-DOT)
  • Table-top urine drug testing, offering fast, accurate results at the point of collection

Sentara Occupational Health Specialists provides 5- and 10-panel screening options, although comprehensive specific panels for substances can be created upon request. Samples of the 5- and 10-panels include:

5-Panel / LANIDA

  • Amphetamine
  • Cannaboids
  • Cocaine
  • Opiates

PCP 10-Panel (5-Panel plus:)

  • Barbiturates
  • Benzodiazepines (Valium)
  • Metadone
  • Methaqualone
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon)

Work Safety & Taining
Operating on the belief that one of our most important services is information, Sentara Occupational Health Specialists has taken a proactive role in educating the business community on health-related issues. Through Sentara RMH, the Center offers educational opportunities with the expectation that education will result in a healthier work force and decrease employee accidents and lost time from work. The following are a few of the on-site training seminars Sentara RMH offers to local companies and their employees:

  • Blood-borne pathogen training
  • Farm and agricultural safety
  • Drug and alcohol testing procedures
  • Worksite evaluation
  • Respiratory fitness testing

Corporate Health partners with outside resources to maintain an up-to-date understanding of issues that may be beneficial to area companies. These issues include OSHA, ADA and DOT guidelines, as well as worksite safety and health suggestions.

This information is shared with the business community in various formats. Often, specific information is requested by a company and provided on an individual basis. Other information may be beneficial to the business community as a whole and is shared through direct mailing.

If you are interested in any of these educational opportunities or in taking advantage of the resources mentioned, please contact Sentara Occupational Health Specialists at 540-564-5700540-564-5700 or 800-722-8854800-722-8854.

Industrial Rehab
Through Sentara RMH Rehab Services, Sentara Occupational Health Specialists offers the following industrial rehab programs to create a safer and more efficient workplace:

Pre-placement screenings measure a client’s maximum lifting ability in several lift positions, as well as cardiovascular endurance.

Job site evaluations can be performed for an entire organization or specific to one person or one job. The goal of these evaluations is to position the worker in the safest, most productive and energy-efficient manner.

 Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) are used to assess an injured worker’s ability to safely return to work. Components of this test include a musculoskeletal evaluation, material handling, positional tolerances, dexterity evaluation, endurance testing and a psychological screen to address the effect of pain on the worker.

Educational programs can vary according to the individual needs of the organization. Programs can be customized with slides of the actual workplace if desired. Programs include but are not limited to:

  • Body mechanics—how to lift correctly
  • Back education—injury prevention
  • Cumulative trauma disorders—overuse injuries
  • Carpal tunnel prevention
  • Joint protection
  • Stress in the workplace


If you are interested in receiving more information on these or other industrial programs, please call 540-433-4600.

On-site Programs

Mobile Mammography Diagnostics Unit
A breast X-ray, known as a mammogram, is the best way to find cancer in its earliest stages—up to two years before it can be felt. If breast cancer is detected early, 90 percent of women can be treated successfully. All women age 40 or older should have a mammogram every year.

To make this important screening more available to your employees, Sentara RMH Medical Center can bring the mobile mammography service to your place of business.

The mammography van provides the same quality service that women enjoy at Sentara RMH Women's Center, and employees can be back at work within approximately 30 minutes. Many women who have used this service report that they would not have had a mammogram if it had not been made available at their worksite. To schedule call 540-433-4641.

Cholesterol Screening
In cooperation with the Sentara RMH Wellness Center, Sentara Occupational Health Specialists offers on-site cholesterol screenings for employees. The Wellness Center employs the latest technology in cholesterol screening. Accurate results are available in five minutes using a simple finger-stick method that draws a small amount of blood.

It has long been known that smoking, high blood pressure and family history are risk factors for cardiovascular disease. However, people often underestimate the importance of knowing their blood cholesterol levels. You can now provide your employees with the opportunity to obtain this important information in a simple, cost-effective manner. To schedule call 540-564-5694540-564-5694.

Flu Vaccination Program
A study published in the August 1996 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine found that those who received flu vaccinations had 36% fewer sick days than those who chose not to participate. The study also calculated a return on investment of almost 5 to 1, a return of $25 on every $5 spent on vaccinations. Whether you wish to subsidize vaccinations or simply make your employees aware of their benefits, the preventive health benefits are substantial.

The flu vaccination program is an extremely popular service to area businesses and employees. Sentara Occupational Health Specialists staff is available to come to your place of business and administer the flu vaccine. This will make it easier for your employees to participate and minimize disruptions to your daily operations.

We will try to accommodate each business’s unique schedule and hours of operation. Times and vaccine are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We also offer vaccinations in our clinic on a walk-in basis. To schedule any of the above