Working with Eastside Vocational services has saved a lot of time, and relieved a lot of stress for me the safety manager of a large manufacturing facility. My team and I decided to proactively have JA’s completed for our job positions prior to an incident occurring. Working with Eastside Vocational Services, we have been able to develop a plan that facilitates creation of these JA’s starting with our highest risk positions, and we were able to do this in a way that is affordable and provides benefit to us as a company as well as to our employees. Having accurate JA’s on hand helps to facilitate a safe and speedy return to work of employees for both work related and non-work related injuries. These JA’s can be sent to the attending physician during the injured employees initial consultation rather than waiting the normal two week waiting period for the follow up appointment. In this way we are able to safely return an employee to work in either their job of injury, or in a light duty position immediately. Many studies have shown that returning an employee to work is the best way to facilitate healing, and it is beneficial to the company as well as the other employees through elimination of overtime and training costs. Overall my experience working with Eastside Vocational Services has been extremely positive, has saved my team valuable time, and has saved our organization money. I would highly recommend Eastside Vocational Services to any employer who is looking for a safe and cost effective way to facilitate their return to work program.
Mary McCurdy, ASP
Safety Manager III
Having JAs done for high risk jobs at our facility is an important tool for measuring risk accurately, as well as providing more detailed information to our job descriptions. Working with Eastside Vocational Services has been a fantastic experience. They have proven to be professional, efficient and thorough; providing an invaluable tool in our Return to Work program. When they conduct an employee interview, they are extremely patient with our staff and they show just how much they want to understand what the employee does every day. The work they have completed for us is done in a timely and efficient manner. The JAs they have completed have assisted our local medical providers with a clear picture of what the employee does on a daily basis without having to leave their practice and visit our facility. From an Occupational Health perspective, I can state with certainty that having a JA completed for every position in our facility will help prevent occupational injuries in the future. With the work Eastside Vocational Services has completed for us already, I eagerly await to see them in the near future as they are an indispensable partner in our Return to Work program.
Eli Brackenbury, LPN
Occupational Health Nurse
My name is Ashley Frailey, I was referred to Eastside Vocational Services, Inc. for the PGAP program by my worker's comp adjuster. On March 11th I broke my fifth metatarsal and fibula on my right ankle by falling and missing a step down a staircase at my job. Now that I have your attention, I want to explain how much the ladies at Eastside Vocational helped me through the PGAP program.
When I first went into the office I was in sweatpants and a sweatshirt. I was down in the dumps, nervous to be there and to explain how I got there in the first place. I honestly wish I would have gone through the program when I got into my last car accident because by the time I was done with the program I had so much more confidence. The ladies of the office where always friendly and kind, always made me feel welcomed.
Once I got to feeling better, I started to dress better and not in sweatpants and sweatshirts and the ladies there would compliment me on my outfits and my make-up. I worked with Debbie as my vocational counselor and Michelle as my PGAP provider. They were both so great and helpful that by the time I left the program I honestly didn't want to leave.
I feel like if you are going through something like I did, and you have the chance to work with the ladies at Eastside Vocational Services, Inc. that you should do it. They help you gain your confidence back and help you get a schedule to your life. They also help you get healthy by having you go on walks and do stuff that makes you happy besides just going to work.
I feel like I will always be indebted to them for all the help and support they provided me. I was so happy that I got the chance to work with Eastside Vocational Services, Inc. I suggest if you are in that office and if you were in the same boat that I was in, you take the chance and allow those ladies to help you swim and not drown. Because it’s a sink or swim when you end up injured and depressed, so allow them to help you swim and succeed in life because they won't steer you in the wrong direction and they will help you get motivated.
I just want to close up by saying thank you to Deb and Michelle for helping me build my confidence back in the work force because if it wasn't for you ladies I was going to give up. I literally put out like 50 to 100 job applications and even when I felt like I wasn't going to be able to get a job again, I did. Because Deb, you helped me with interviewing and how to do it better. Michelle, you gave me the confidence knowing that everything will be ok even when I felt like giving up, you were there to support me. I appreciate all that you and Eastside Vocational Services, Inc. has done for me.
Sincerely your friend,