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McLeod Occupational Health center holds ribbon cutting

May 11, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park held an open house with a ribbon cutting on Thursday for businesses and industries surrounding Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Commerce City. Guests were offered guided tours of the new facility.

The McLeod Health center, located at 3257 General William West Drive in Florence, opened its doors on April 29.

The addition of McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park, according to a McLeod Health announcement in April 2018 for its ground breaking, underscores McLeod Health’s commitment to “provide treatment, services and health care to area businesses and industries.”

“This project has been years in the making, and I am honored to have been able to see it come to completion”, said Fulton Ervin, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer for McLeod Health. “McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park could not have been made possible without the support of McLeod Health leadership and industry leaders within Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Commerce City.”

Octavia Williams-Blake, vice president of McLeod, said any business or industry and its families can receive services at the McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park. She said since opening day the center has averaged about 10 patients a day.

“We are excited to be here and provide convenient health services to industries and their families at the shared center,” Williams-Blake said.

McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park is McLeod Health’s first shared facility off campus in Florence, Williams-Blake said.

It offers a full range services to care for work-related injuries and illnesses of the businesses and industries’ employees and families at the Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Commerce City Park. There are about 15 industries in the park with about 2,000 employees combined.

Companies in the area will be provided with the following occupational health services: DOT certified exams and physicals, primary care visits, sick and urgent care visits, work-related injury/illness treatment, on-site X-ray and EKG services, labs, firefighter physicals, wellness programs including screenings and disease care management, flu shots, immunizations, vaccinations and more for businesses and industries surrounding Pee Dee Touchstone Energy Commerce City.

Williams-Blake said that about 10,000 trucks stop at the nearby truck stop every week. She said the truckers need a place to get DOT physicals and drug screenings.

“We can meet this need also,” she said.

The benefits of an industry partnering with an occupational health clinic include a reduction in direct health care costs, increased productivity, fewer lost work hours, improved employee job satisfaction and morale, and lower turnover rates, stated McLeod Health in a release.

McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Care will be provided by Krystal Cooley, family nurse practitioner.

For more information, call McLeod Occupational Health Commerce Park at 843-777-1290