March 29, 2017
Rome, GA — Redmond Regional Medical Center’s Occupational Health Program recently celebrated a milestone 25,000th AngioScreen®. AngioScreen® is a simple, non-diagnostic screening designed to provide individuals with information about their risk for heart disease and stroke. Locally, AngioScreen® is offered through Redmond’s Occupational Health Program. Redmond’s celebration program for the 25,000th AngioScreen included commentary from Redmond Leadership, testimonials from former AngioScreen® participants, and remarks from Angiology Corporation of America Executives who were in attendance.
Redmond Occupational Health has been serving the needs of employers and injured working in Northwest Georgia since 1996. Redmond Occupational Health focuses on providing their industry partners with quality care and excellent customer service while reducing overall health benefit costs. Among the services provided by Redmond Occupational Health is AngioScreen®. According to Teresa Fagan, Director of Redmond Occupational Health, the AngioScreen® team at Redmond has provided AngioScreen® at the worksite via the mobile unit at 131 companies in Georgia and Alabama, as well as at monthly community days at both Redmond and Cartersville Medical Centers. Fagan cited some of the significant overall AngioScreen® participant findings through the Redmond program including: 26% had carotid plaque, 273 had greater than 50% blockage of their carotid arteries and 553 participants had Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). According to Fagan, “If you have PAD, your risk of a heart attack is two to four times greater than the general population.” Fagan went on to add, “because AngioScreen® requires no fasting, provides multiple screenings results in only 10-12 minutes, and has such significant and tangible employee benefits – it is an ideal screening for us to make available at the worksite.”
To share examples of the personal benefits of AngioScreen® to worksite employees, former participants shared their stories of life changing results. Mike Bowers, HR Director for OTR Wheel Engineering in Rome shared the story of how his AngioScreen® led to the eventual discovery of a heart blockage. “I had no symptoms of heart problems, no chest pain, no shortness of breath,” said Bowers. He went on to share how abnormal findings on his AngioScreen® led to an eventual appointment with a Cardiologist for addition follow up and heart cath. “I thought it would be a routine heart cath,” Bowers stated. “But it quickly became apparent to me that it was NOT going to be routine. The doctor did a procedure, a rotational atherectomy, to remove a 99% blockage of the LAD, left anterior descending coronary artery— also known as the widow maker!” Bowers added, “I did not know how close I was to leaving this world. I know that the good Lord placed these wonderful people in my life, and without them, I would probably not be here now. I want you to know that these wonderful Redmond people saved my life.”
In addition to sharing stories of the personal benefits of AngioScreen® Redmond was also honored to have two executives from Angiology Corporation of America (ACA) attend the AngioScreen® celebration. Heather Gilbert, VP of Marketing, shared that it was Redmond’s AngioScreen® team that brought incidental thyroid findings to ACA’s attention. “As a result, the acknowledgment of incidental thyroid findings was implemented by all 60 ACA AngioScreen® teams nationwide,” stated Gilbert, “further multiplying the life-saving impact of Redmond’s efforts.” ACA CEO Rhonda Small further praised Redmond’s program stating, “Redmond’s AngioScreen® team is an example of service excellence and has been a resource to other facilities nationwide.”
About Redmond Occupational Health
Redmond Occupational Health offers a comprehensive array of services along with a personalized approach to care for employees, including: Workers’ Comp Network Services & Injury Management, Pre-Hire, DOT Physicals & Testing, Substance Abuse Testing, Wellness & Screening Programs, Occupational, Environmental & Regulatory Services, Work-Site Response Program and On-Site, Near-Site & Co-Op Clinics. Redmond Occupational Health is focused on providing quality care and excellent customer service while reducing overall health benefit costs. For more information, or to speak with the staff, call (706) 290-8003.