Medical Department Offers Preventive
By Linda DuShane White
Prevention is the watchword for the Medical Department’s Maria G.
Gherman, M.D., MPH. In her seven years at SLAC Gherman has spearheaded
numerous programs to increase the opportunity for each employee to take
care of his/her own health.
On staff are (left to right):
Synday Aguilar, Administrative Assistant/Medical Assistant, Vincent
Valencia, Medical Assistant, Raylene Blandino, Physician’s
Assistant, and Maria Gherman, MD.
Not pictured are Carol Kubiak, RN and Geraldine Roach, RN.
(Photo by Diana Rogers)
Gherman is delighted to acquaint employees with Health Promise. This
program, approved by ES&H, increases the opportunity for each person to
monitor his/her own health.
“In addition to the complete physical examination offered to employees,
we want to offer Health Promise as a commitment to improve health for a
period of one year.”
Participants measure biometrics for weight, BMI (Body Mass Index), blood
pressure, EKG, blood tests for cholesterol and blood sugar. In the final
analysis, Gherman explains, “We hope that by increasing health
improvement we will contribute to fewer injuries at SLAC.” Watch for
Health Promise on the Medical Department website.
Come by the waiting room any time to use the Heart Card machine, a great
help for weight or blood pressure management, as well as BMI and pulse
rate. No appointment is necessary and there is no charge.
It is no surprise that the dedicated Gherman has more prevention ideas.
“For reducing ergonomic injuries, 20 people will participate in a pilot
program called MouseKey Do,” said Gherman. Physician’s Assistant Raylene
Blandino added that MouseKey Do, self-paced keyboarding and mousing CD
classes to prevent injury, start in June.
Stretch Break and Vision Break software will also be tested. Be sure to
let Medical know how you like them.
Free trial of Stretch Break:
For Vision Break information:
Ten medical surveillance programs are on the ES&H Employee Training
Assessment (ETA) website. Use the Exposed Employee Medical Monitoring
Program to see if you are in OSHA compliance.
The staff provides consultations to the Community Emergency response
team, SERT, CPR/First Aid, Recertification CPR, Asbestos awareness,
Ergonomic Evaluation and Back School for back conditioning.
Take advantage of our Medical Department. Use the website, with the
monthly Wellness Calendar of exercise and sports program schedules.
Updates on a range of programs and issues are in the bimonthly
newsletter, New Options for Wellness. Short term counseling is available
by appointment with Rosan Gomperts, LCSW and Kevin Carr, MFCC. Massages
are provided for a fee and by appointment with Mer Baldoza, CMT.
With the recent expanded programs added, Gherman has hopes for even more
improvement—the space and added facilities for an on-site physical
therapist and ergonomic lab. Despite SLAC’s already rich array of
medical and fitness options, Gherman dreams of still more to offer.
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For available training, see: