The Eastern Washington Center of Occupational Health & Education (COHE), a program of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute and Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS) in collaboration with Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I), recently opened a new office to better serve Benton, Franklin, Columbia and Walla Walla counties to improve injured worker outcomes. The new 736 sq. ft. COHE-Kennewick office is located at:
3311 W. Clearwater Ave.
Kennewick, WA 99336
“Our efforts are to help get people back to work in a safe and timely way by working with health care providers, employers, L&I and employees,” said Nancy Webster, director of St. Luke’s rehabilitation services and the COHE program. “There are approximately 5,000 state claims in the area, making our services vital to an effective workforce.”
This is the fourth office location for Eastern Washington COHE, with offices currently in Yakima, Wenatchee and Spokane. Two newly hired health service coordinators located at the Kennewick office are providing coordination and communication between health care providers, employers and injured workers throughout the region.
For one area employer, the Kennewick-COHE office provides that collaborative approach in working with employers, providers, injured workers and the state to meet everyone’s needs. “My weakness is not having the time to communicate with doctors and hospitals, and COHE is good at speaking the same language as the medical professionals,” said Dan Eslinger, safety specialist for Pasco Processing, LLC. “COHE’s goal is to take care of the person, and part of that is getting them back to work when they’re ready.”
Eastern Washington COHE currently has more than 1,200 participating COHE health care providers, 35 hospital emergency departments, 800 employers and several labor unions.
For more information about Eastern Washington COHE, visit www.gocohe.com.
About COHE:Eastern Washington Center of Occupational Health & Education (COHE) is dedicated to providing training and organizational support to medical providers to increase use of best practices in treating injured workers in 19 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. Eastern Washington COHE is a program of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute, a division of Inland Northwest Health Services.
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