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Health Center

Occupational Health Services

The SXU Health Center (SXUHC) is a multifunctional clinic committed to meeting the healthcare needs of our business community by providing high-quality and cost-efficient programs to employers. With a strong foundation in prevention, health and safety for employees, SXU has partnered with schools, business and industry for years in order to provide comprehensive and customized services to meet their needs.

SXU remains sensitive to the needs of the employer by offering our services at our Chicago campus location or as an on-site closed-company service. Our services include:

Medical Treatment for Minor Injuries or Illness

We provide advice and treatment for a variety of minor illnesses and injuries. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Common cold and influenza
  • Urinary tract infections in women
  • Conjunctivitis (eye infection)
  • Minor cuts, abrasions, bruises and burns
  • Sinusitis, tonsillitis, middle and outer ear Infections
  • Ear wax removal
  • Simple gastroenteritis
  • Skin conditions and rashes

Pre-employment Screenings

Health care workers face unique risks and exposure to infectious material through their contact with patients. Many health-care workers (including physicians, nurses, dental professionals, medical and nursing students, laboratory technicians, administrative staff, etc.) are at risk for exposure to and possible transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases. Maintenance of immunity is therefore an essential part of prevention and infection control programs for health care workers. Optimal use of immunizing agents will not only safeguard the health of workers but also protect patients from the spread of infection.

We offer titer services, and all the recommended vaccines for health-care workers can all be obtained through the SXU Health Center, including:

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus and Diphtheria
  • Pneumococcal Disease
  • Varicella

Chronic Illness Management

Asthma, diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and heart disease are just some examples of chronic illnesses. Having access to a SXU Nurse Practitioner assists your employees in their management of chronic illness. Our clinical professionals act as partners or coaches to share and build knowledge which is integral to the concept of disease management. It is a health strategy as well as an approach to personal health. It may reduce health care costs and/or improve quality of life and productivity for your staff. Our programs:

  • Emphasize the patient's central role in managing their health
  • Use effective self-management support strategies that include assessment, goal-setting, action planning, problem-solving and follow-up
  • Organize internal and community resources to provide ongoing self-management support to patients

Effective self-management support means more than telling patients what to do. It means acknowledging the patients' central role in their care, one that fosters a sense of responsibility for their own health. It includes the use of proven programs that provide basic information, emotional support and strategies for living with chronic illness. SXUHC can use the latest technology for remote monitoring of a variety of chronic conditions. Using a collaborative approach, providers and patients work together to define problems, set priorities, establish goals, create treatment plans and solve problems along the way. This helps you keep your employees healthier and more productive. 

DOT Physicals and Recertification

Federal law requires that drivers of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) receive a physical examination by a licensed medical examiner. A DOT physical exam is valid for up to 24 months. Its purpose is to detect the presence of physical, mental or emotional defects that would affect an applicant's ability to operate a commercial vehicle safely. The SXUHC medical examiners understand the regulations to prevent individuals from being inappropriately disqualified from their livelihood. Conversely, the practitioner is equally responsible for identifying those individuals who do not meet the criteria. The medical examiner may issue a medical examiner's certificate for less than 24 months when it is necessary to monitor a condition, such as high blood pressure.

During this test, the applicant's health history is carefully reviewed, including past or recent illnesses or injuries (including head or brain injuries); vision, hearing or heart disorders; the presence of high blood pressure, muscular weakness or disease, diabetes, digestion, or respiratory problems; and the health of the lungs, kidney, liver, and nervous system.

The SXUHC staff will register the exam in the National Registry and issue a laminated card to the driver at the completion of the exam. Additionally, the results can be sent directly to the employer the same day as the exam.

Urine Drug Screens: DOT and Non-DOT

Drug screening for your employees is a key component of your company's risk control plan. SXUHC makes the process efficient, convenient and reliable, and offers several options to meet your specific needs. Employees can take the test at our Chicago campus or we can offer on-site testing. Employers receive the test results quickly, usually within 48 hours, and organizations can have the results sent to one centralized location or to various locations.

We offer urine drug screens that follow the regulations of the Department of Transportation with results reviewed per protocol by a Medical Review Officer. We perform these tests as part of pre-employment, post-accident, random or for reasonable suspicion incidents.

We also offer pre-employment and random non-DOT urine drug screens for health care workers and other industries that require urine drug screens for their employees.

Flu Vaccinations

Protect your employees from the flu!

The SXU Health Center can help you maintain a healthier and more productive workforce with our on-site flu shot clinics. By making sure your employees are properly vaccinated against flu, you can protect them from a potentially fatal illness and minimize decreased productivity.

Contact the SXUHC at 773-298-3712 today for more information or to schedule an on-site clinic

Immunizations and Titer services

It is much cheaper to prevent a disease than to treat it. Vaccines protect not only one employee, but all those around that employee. When your employees are vaccinated, most illness may be stopped before it starts. Vaccines protect not only individuals but entire organizations. That is why vaccines are vital to the health of your business.
We provide a comprehensive assortment of immunizations, including:

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Influenza
  • Measles
  • Mumps
  • Rubella
  • Tetanus and Diphtheria
  • Pneumococcal Disease
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Zoster (Shingles)
  • Meningococcol (Meningitis)

We provide Titer testing for those employees who do not have documentation of their vaccines or need to be sure they have immunity after vaccination. A negative means you either did not receive the vaccine, did not have the disease you thought or your immunity has waned. Most employers and schools will require a booster in these cases. Immunization and titer services can be performed on-site.

Tetanus Shots

Tetanus (lockjaw) is a serious disease that causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. The bacterium that causes tetanus is found in soil; it is contracted through a puncture of the skin, after a burn or through an animal bite. Tetanus leads to death in about 1 in 10 cases. The CDC recommends that all adults receive a tetanus shot every 10 years. Protect yourself and your staff from this dangerous and potentially fatal illness.

TB Testing

Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease that is spread through the air from one person to another. \Many schools, health care organizations, correctional facilities and shelters require TB screening as a condition of employment. We are able to offer pre-employment and ongoing support for individual and group screenings for your employees. The testing includes both the administration of the test and the visit 48 to 72 hours after the test for reading the results. This service can be provided through our Chicago campus health clinic or on-site.

Lab services

Our Outpatient Laboratory presents a comfortable, convenient setting for your staff to receive the tests they need. To help put them at ease, individual rooms provide the comfort of complete privacy during the procedure.

On a daily basis, we draw blood for testing with ability, experience and sensitivity. Our highly skilled nurses obtain needed samples with minimal stress. Once the samples are obtained, they are sent to the main laboratory for testing, and timely and accurate results are given directly to the referring physicians and their patients.

CPR instruction and First Aid Instruction (American Heart Association approved)

The SXUHC offers many programs to your organization for CPR and First Aid instruction. Programs can be customized to meet your needs.

Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health care providers: Participants will be trained to save lives of victims in cardiac arrest through high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The course will prepare health care professionals to know how to perform CPR in both in and out of hospital settings. You will be trained to promptly recognize cardiac arrest, give high-quality chest compressions, deliver appropriate ventilations, clear airway obstructions and provide early use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) as part of a team and individually. The course also covers rescue techniques for adult, child and infants. For health care providers, EMS personnel, physician assistants, doctors, dentists, nurses and respiratory therapists who must have a credentialed card documenting successful completion of a CPR course. Each participant will receive a certification card valid for 2 years in accordance with the American Heart Association's guidelines. Length: 4 hours

Heart Saver CPR/AED: Participants will learn to save the lives of victims in cardiac arrest through cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and relief of choking. The course also covers rescue techniques for adult, child and infants. Each participant will receive a certification card valid for 2 years in accordance with the American Heart Association's guidelines. Length: 3 hours

First Aid: This American Heart Association approved course covers the identification and basic treatment of medical and injury emergencies so that participants would know what to do in the event of an emergency until professional help arrives. Each participant will receive a certification card valid for 2 years in accordance with the American Heart Association's guidelines. Length: 3 hours

Heart Saver CPR/AED/First Aid: This combined class covers both the Heart Saver CPR/AED and First Aid topics. Each participant will receive a certification card valid for 2 years in accordance with the American Heart Association's guidelines. Length: 6 hours

Epinephrine Pen Administration: This course covers recognizing signs of allergic reactions and knowing what to do in the event of an allergic reaction. Length: 30 minutes.

Biometric Screenings

A biometric screening is a short health examination that tracks a small number of significant indicators of a person’s overall health. Measurements are relatively easy to attain and results provide a simple scorecard of leading indicators that give a baseline of health. Subsequent screenings continue to track the risk level of a person for certain diseases and medical conditions. Many employers encourage their employees to complete this type of health screening so they can start thinking about their health and pursue treatment if needed before any issues become detrimental. Testing can take place at the Health Center or a work site.

The major health benefit to businesses is they reduce a company’s overall health-coverage costs. The major health benefit to employees is that they are usually provided at no cost. Some employees fail to get routine health screenings by their doctors, so a biometric health screening may be the first warning they get that they are in the early stages of a potential health problem.

In general, the screening typically takes just a few minutes and includes height, weight and waist measurements and a finger-stick blood test to measure cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose levels. Some assessments may include a recommendation to seek treatment from a physician because of very high level of blood pressure or cholesterol.

Medical Treatment for Minor Injuries or Illness

We provide advice and treatment for a variety of minor illnesses and injuries. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Common cold and influenza
  • Urinary tract infections in women
  • Conjunctivitis (eye infection)
  • Minor cuts, abrasions, bruises and burns
  • Sinusitis, tonsillitis, ,middle and outer ear Infections
  • Ear wax removal
  • Simple gastroenteritis
  • Skin conditions and rashes

 

If your organization has a health service need that you do not see listed, please let us know. SXUHC services are always expanding, and we are willing to work with employers to customize our services to meet your needs.

Chicago Campus hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. On-site programs are available during the week or weekends, day or evening. Appointments are strongly encouraged. You can call ahead and schedule your employees or call the Health Center to arrange for on-site testing at 773-298-3712.