Designated FEMA responder since working with hurricane Katrina, Rita, Ike, and Lili support staff, Medcor, a workers compensation medical care provider, will be providing on-site medical services to support about 360 relief workers in Minot, ND, for the next three months. Relief workers operating from a field operations center help Minot (pronounced “my-not”) residents devastated by flooding. The company has deployed a mobile clinic that includes staff living quarters, office space, and an exam/treatment room.
Medcor executive vice president Curtis Smith said the deployment took place within 72 hours of being asked. This assignment’s staff includes Brian Schroeder and Jodi Meere, paramedics and U.S. Army veterans from Iraq.
Headquarterd in McHenry, Ill, Medcor travels the globe to provide corporations with efficient healthcare. While the company works extensively with off-shore drilling industry, it also provides support to remote scientists in the Amazon jungle, for example. In this latest deployment, Medcor gives flood relief workers in North Dakota appropriate health services which greatly contains their employers workers compensation costs.
Now that floodwaters have dropped below flood stage for the first time since spring, relief workers are able to assist in cleanup and rebuilding Minot. The city experienced extensive damage after the Souris River broke a 130-year high-water record, cresting nearly 13 feet above flood stage. Approximately 11,000 people were evacuated from the Minot area — flooding damaged 4,100 homes in the hundreds of businesses, Smith said. Minot is a city of just over 40,000 people – the fourth largest in the state. It is also known for a U.S. Air Force base 15 miles north of it.
“Relief work is physically demanding in unstable environments, so injuries and exposure hazards do occur. Medcor accompanies the relief workers so the workers do not need to rely on local medical resources which were also affected by the floods,” Smith said via press release. “Having Medcor at the field operations center also frees up local medical resources to focus on providing care to local residents.”(WCxKit)
Medcor provides telemedicine services to nearly 90,000 worksites in all 50 states and operates 174 on-site workplace clinics. Medcor’s services are available 24/7 for worksites of any size in many industries. Medcor’s services help employers reduce health care costs while improving access to care and outcomes. Medcor is headquartered in McHenry, IL. For more information, visit www.medcor.com or contact Curtis Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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