Local Experts Highlight Business Health Summit

Attendees at the 2013 Business Health Summit will hear from local experts on topics ranging from healthcare reform and its impact on local providers to a variety of occupational health issues.

This free event, sponsored by Saint Francis Medical Center’s Services to Business program, will take place Wednesday, September 18, from 8 am-2:30 pm at the Saint Francis Conference Center – Entrance 8. To register for the Business Health Summit at Saint Francis Medical Center, please call 573-331-3996.

Steven C. Bjelich, FACHE-D

President and Chief Executive Officer – Saint Francis Medical Center

The implementation of healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act has many employers concerned about how it will affect their expense ratios. Steven C. Bjelich, FACHE-D, President and Chief Executive Officer at Saint Francis Medical Center, will offer insight into this issue from a healthcare system’s perspective.

Saint Francis’ commitment to wellness and making preventive care a priority will help offset the increase in healthcare resources expected from the aging baby boomer population. Bjelich will explain what this means for the business community.

Heidi J. Hunter, MD

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physician – Saint Francis Medical Center

Athletes are not the only people who suffer concussions. Workplace accidents, motor vehicle accidents and falls at home also can result in these debilitating brain injuries. Dr. Hunter will discuss some of the signs and symptoms of concussion, as well as recommended recovery strategies, in her presentation, “Concussions in the Community.”

Concussions can be difficult to diagnose because they do not show up on an MRI or any other imaging test. Physical, cognitive, emotional and sleep changes are the most common places that concussion symptoms present.

Rob Bunger, ATC, CEAS

Certified Athletic Trainer and Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist – Saint Francis Medical Center

Rob Bunger will discuss the importance of having job descriptions that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and how to establish proper physical ability testing in his presentation, “The Whys and Hows of a Job Demand Analysis.”

Proper physical ability testing involves using appropriate techniques, set-ups and amounts. A Job Demand Analysis identifies essential job functions and assists the physician in determining which tasks the employee should be able to complete.

The objective communication generated by the Job Demand Analysis enables the physical therapist to know exactly what the employee needs to be able to tolerate.