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Memorial hospital and Tata Chemicals North America partner on employee healthcare

Dr Jake Johnson 

Rock Springs – In an effort to increase access to quality healthcare for their employees, Tata Chemicals North America recently signed an agreement with Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County for occupational medical services. Memorial Hospital has committed a physician 20 hours a week, trained in occupational medicine, to be on-site at Tata Chemicals to care for their staff's needs.

The commitment also includes an occupational medicine provider on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Dr. Jake Johnson will be the primary provider for Tata Chemicals, but in his absence another certified provider would be present at the facility.

Memorial Hospital, the only regional acute care hospital in Sweetwater County, as per definition of Wyoming law, has the capability of offering many diverse services to these patients, not only including occupational health, but laboratory and diagnostic services, urgent and critical care, and access to the largest specialty group in Southwest Wyoming.

"The health and safety of our employees is a top priority, and we are thrilled to provide them with on-site access to quality health care services from a trusted local provider," said Martin Keighley, CEO and Managing Director, Tata Chemicals North America. "As a 24-hour operation, it's critical for our employees to receive medical attention whenever necessary. Additionally, employees have expressed their appreciation for the convenience and reassurance of having a doctor readily available at all times."

Over the last year, Memorial Hospital has continued to develop their occupational medicine program based around local industry needs by increasing those services and bringing on new providers to handle the demand. They have had a strong, positive reaction to this program from many industries looking to offer the same quality, on-site care from a regional provider. The occupational medicine team consists of Dr. Jake Johnson, Dr. Lawrence Lauridsen, Mark Sanders PA, and Ryan Kid Wilk PA.

"Jake, Mark and myself have really been out hitting the pavement, talking to these industries, seeing if they are interested in what we are able to offer. Across the board, the feedback has been positive. Tata Chemicals has shown a big commitment to their staff in allowing us to come in and take care of them right at their workplace. We are working with a few other facilities to try and fit their needs as well. With our regional partnerships and also with our University of Utah affiliation, we are able to offer access to care that was never seen even 3 and 4 years ago. The response has been so affirmative that we were able to bring Dr. Lauridsen and Ryan into the program and we have Dr. Jolene Mitchell joining them in August," said Jerry Klein, CEO of Memorial Hospital.