"“Sound strategy starts with the right goal.” (Michael Porter). Our goal was to reduce employee injuries and Workers’ Comp costs. Over the last few years, IHMS has become one of our trusted, strategic partners in sustaining a culture of health and well-being. They provide a standard of service that is professional, knowledgeable, and pro-active. In our physically demanding production environment, employees have appreciated and benefitted from the weekly visits, stretching program, ergonomic evaluations, and safety education. We have successfully reduced workplace injuries and, equally important, employees are better equipped to effectively manage their own health through the professional care and counsel provided by the IHMS team. "
Fran Tobin, SPHR, SHRM-SCPDirector of Human Resources
Lake Champlain Chocolates
"I just want to thank you for all the work that IHMS has put into making our plant a healthier and safer place to work. • The PBM Program has allowed our employees to have a great resource at our facility to reach out to and get early intervention for any of their physical concerns which has prevented many injuries in our facility each year. In addition, IHMS has been key in helping a certain few individuals sort out their own personal health matters, which of course trickles into their work life. Your guidance has been a welcome support to many, whether job related or not. • The Post Offer Pre-Employment Screening that IHMS put in place has undoubtedly saved us from hiring people who would have been high risk of injury or were not strong enough to do our job tasks. This test has proven to make sure we have new employees who have the physical ability to perform our physical jobs. • The Job Analysis’ and ergonomic recommendations have greatly helped us define some of our most common positions, as far as the exact needs required (lifting, bending, standing, etc.) to complete our jobs. This better helps us put the right people into the right positions and help us, as safety professionals, to better understand the ergonomic risks on the floor and prioritize ergonomic changes. "
Jamie BlaiseSafety Team Leader
"When it comes to Ergonomics benefiting your employees; IHMS has the services to provide you to have a strong workplace ergonomics process. Their services were simple to initiate, and are an injury prevention measure and wellness benefit to the company. IHMS has assisted in the overall improvement of our safety culture. Employees are engaged when meeting with IHMS and absorb the information to maintain proper body mechanics on the job, and understand the importance."
Heather Cotto, COHCSafety Engineer | EHS
"I have worked with Louise, Seth and the IHMS team for the past year implementing a Preventive Body Maintenance program. The expertise and commitment Louise and Seth bring to our operations is invaluable, educating our work force on proper body mechanics and providing one-on-one consultations. I know of individual cases in the first year alone where the IHMS PBM program has intervened early on and prevented extended absences due to soft tissue injury. There professionalism and knowledge of work place ergonomics has been invaluable in preventing injuries to our workforce. I greatly appreciate the time, effort, and dedication IHMS has in delivery a quality product."
Brian FitzgeraldEHS Manager
Champlain Cable Corporation
"The IHMS staff has been wonderful to work with and has easily become part of the ECI team. Our employees look forward to their visits, enabling them to seek treatment without the inconvenience of leaving work. Employees have become more pro-active in dealing with small aches and pains before they turn into major injuries which could leave them unable to work and incurring unnecessary medical expenses. As an employer in the construction industry, we see this as an important strategy for minimizing any injuries (work-related and not), reducing potential workers comp and medical costs, and continuing to nurture a workforce that stays healthy and fit. IHMS meets individually with employees and also provides group presentations on stretching, nutrition, muscular/skeletal, etc. The PBM program is the perfect compliment to our wellness efforts and a win-win situation for everyone involved."
Gina CatanzaritaDirector of Human Resources
Engelberth Construction, Inc.
"As a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor working with injured Vermonters I have come to rely on Injury and Health Management Solutions (IHMS) for high quality rehabilitation services. I find their Functional Capacity Evaluations to be an invaluable tool in determining an individual’s safe capabilities for returning to work. If I provide specific questions for the evaluation invariably those questions are answered in detail and often with insight that goes far beyond what I have come to expect from other programs. Their approach and report are individualized and are not the result of a cookie-cutter approach. Format and content are always concise and readable. Should I have additional questions, program staff is always receptive and responsive to me. Simply put, IHMS is far and away the best resource available in Vermont to assist with physical rehabilitation and clarifying safe work capacities. My job would be much harder if they were not available to me and my clients. "
Jay SpiegelVocational Rehabilitation Specialist
Catamount Case Management
"Injury and Health Management has not only helped to reduce our worker’s compensation claim dollars by over 50% from 3 years ago, they have worked to reduce the number of claims filed by an equal amount. It was the City’s intention to find ways to provide support to their employees who were experiencing aches and pains from the years of physical labor involved in their jobs. IHMS has provided education, treatment and hope to our employees who range from police officers, firefighters, pipe installers, road crews, electric light crews, airport and parks maintenance crew and librarians. I can’t think of any other group that provides such a great service to our employees with such dramatic results."
Sue TrainorAssistant to the Chief Administrative Officer
City of Burlington
"IHMS is committed to teaching people how to take care of there body inside and outside of the workplace. They are also committed to educating employers on how to make the workplace as safe as possible for employees to perform their daily operations without injury. BMC is living proof that what Louise and her team at IHMS do for the employees and employer does work. In 1999 BMC had 107 recordable injuries in one year. I am proud to say for the first time in my 18 years here at BMC we have been over a year with no recordable injuries. This is a direct result of all the work that we do with IHMS."
Laurin BrunetPlan Manager
"IHMS works with my company. I have had discomfort in my upper back for a few months. Louise immediately diagnosed what was going on and was able to provide almost instantaneous relief. She explained what I should do from this point forward and will be sending me exercise information via a pdf. I can't say enough about Louise and her staff at IHMS. They are extremely knowledgeable, always prepared, flexible and available and they are an outstanding resource for our employees. I greatly appreciate the assistance we receive from IHMS I would highly encourage companies to provide this invaluable service to their employee."
"I had to take a moment to email you and let you know you are a miracle worker indeed! This is my third week back to spinning class and things are going really well. Your exercises have helped me with not only relieving the pain in my back but have also strengthened my core for better posture during spinning. The first day back, the instructor kept commenting on how my form was so much better and she didn't even know about the PT. I am so much more aware of what muscles I am using and working on that core. So thank you Louise. You rock!!!! It's a double-edged sword. I would love to see you soon but I hope I don't have to."
Hickock & Boardman
"You can't be safe unless you are well. IHMS (Louise) helped us to close the loop with injuries and open our minds to wellness. We look at IHMS as a member of our AOT family."
Rob GentleSafety Officer
Vermont Agency of Transportation
"Since beginning work with IHMS in July 2003, our Production employees have developed a culture of ergonomic awareness and injury prevention. IHMS' Preventative Body Maintenance program has been an invaluable tool in recognizing and treating aches and pains before they become injuries. The services offered by IHMS, including POPE screenings, PBM, on-site PT, and customized stretch & excercise routines, have played an instrumental role in reducing repetitive trauma incident rates within the Production Department by more than 50% and corresponding claims costs by 80%. Working with the enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff at IHMS has been a rewarding partnership which has surpassed all expectations. We look forward to further expanding their services to other departments at Vermont Teddy Bear."
Cathy CarlisleDirector of Manufacturing
Vermont Teddy Bear
"Injury and Health Management Solutions is very cooperative and they always find a way to meet our needs. Our interaction with them is always positive. You feel that IHMS is definitely a part of your team. IHMS services are very cost effective and a good investment in future employees."
Thomas F. MackinPresident
"Goodrich SIS-VT has worked with the Physical Therapy professionals with IHMS on site in Vergennes for nearly four years. The results have been undeniable – our recordable injury rate associated with soft tissue and ergonomic exposure has been reduced by over 25%, and related costs are down by 35%. Erica Gallipeau and Ashley Burghardt are members of my team. They are highly proactive in both treating employee injuries and identifying and minimizing risks and exposures. They have been instrumental in introducing a variety of counter measures into our workplace that have effectively reduced the exposure and injury levels. We greatly appreciate their professionalism and outstanding customer service."
Paul SchindlerDirector of Human Resources