Physicians to Discuss Occupational Medicine Topics at Business Health Summit

Saint Francis Medical Center’s occupational medicine physicians will discuss how issues as wide-ranging as sleep apnea and pre-employment physical evaluations can affect an organization’s profitability at the sixth annual Business Health Summit.

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.

Dennis J. Straubinger, DO, MPH, MRO, occupational medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center, will present on “Sleep Apnea and Workers,” featuring an overview of sleep apnea and its impact on workers. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or instances of infrequent breathing during sleep. The resulting poor quality of deep sleep carries over into a tired feeling the next day, which can affect productivity and safety.

Dr. Straubinger will offer information on diagnosing sleep apnea, and a member of the Saint Francis Sleep Disorder Center team will discuss the latest in intervention technology.

Glen E. Cooper, DO, MPH, MRO, occupational medicine physician at Saint Francis Medical Center, will co-present a case study on “Changing Culture and Reducing Employee Expenses at Gates Rubber” with Sally Darr, human resources director at Gates Corporation in Poplar Bluff. The two will discuss the advantages of instituting more stringent pre-employment screening to reduce training and turnover expenses, and healthcare costs stemming from work-related injuries.

To register for the Business Health Summit at Saint Francis Medical Center, please call 573-331-3996.