COHE Community of Eastern Washington Expands Territory and Renews Contract
Klickitat County makes 20 eastern Washington counties covered with other offices renewed to provide workers’ compensation assistance
August 4, 2016
Spokane, WA-The Center of Occupational Health & Education (COHE) Community of Eastern Washington, a program of St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, has renewed its three-year contract with Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) to continue getting injured employees back to work. Additionally, COHE Community of Eastern Washington expands its services to Klickitat County to assist more employers and injured workers through the workers' compensation process.

"Our services help nearly 1,300 medical providers, 22,000 injured workers, 35 hospitals and more than 400 medical clinics navigate the workers' compensation process," said Ben Doornink, program director for COHE Community of Eastern Washington. "Twenty counties in eastern Washington now share the vision of collaboration for education to help prevent work-related injuries and improved injured worker outcomes." 

"The COHE process is fully supported with occupational health best practices like those practiced at St. Luke's," said Dr. Gregory Carter, medical director for St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute and COHE Community of Eastern Washington. "Their continuation to provide care coordination between health care providers, employers and, most importantly, the injured worker, results in extraordinary cost savings and reduced work time loss."

With the expansion into Klickitat County, the services of COHE Community of Eastern Washington cover 20 counties in eastern and central Washington, streamlining the return-to-work process quickly and efficiently. COHE offices are located in Yakima, Tri-Cities, Spokane and Wenatchee. 

"COHE's effort to become part of these communities, allowing the return-to-work process to work to benefit those injured and their employers, gives our team the dedication and commitment to continue sharing best practices, resources and individualized attention," Doornink said. "Our renewed contract exemplifies the results-driven outcomes for our services for this region." 

For more information about COHE Community of Eastern Washington, visit .

About COHE:
COHE Community of Eastern Washington is dedicated to providing training and organizational support to medical providers to increase use of best practices in treating injured workers in 20 counties. A 2011 study found that injured workers treated by COHE-affiliated health care providers are away from work for 20 percent fewer days than other injured workers. COHE care also reduces disability and medical costs by $510 per claim during the first year. COHE Community of Eastern Washington has offices in Spokane, Tri-Cities, Yakima and Wenatchee and is a program of St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute. 
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