BENNINGTON—April 9, 2015—For those who have sustained a serious injury, it is important to know when it’s okay to return to work. SVHC has a new service that removes the guess work.
Michaelia Dix, occupational therapist at SVHC Outpatient Rehabilitation, has completed an advanced training course in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE) from Roy Matheson’s System for Functional Capacity Evaluations.
“Michaelia’s interest in performing Functional Capacity Evaluations will be a welcome service for patients, providers, and employers who want to know if their strength and endurance have returned after an injury,” said Mark Epler, physical therapist with SVHC Outpatient Rehabilitation.
FCEs are a systematic way of assessing an individual's physical capacities and functional abilities. The assessment evaluates physical abilities through use of standardized tests, including grip strength and dexterity, for instance.
Dix compares performance to standardized norms and effort levels during testing. Specifically, the FCE matches human performance levels to the demands of a specific job or work activity or occupation.
FCEs are used to provide professionals with objective information regarding functional work ability for job placement, job accommodation, or return to work after injury or illness.
Dix holds a Masters of Occupational Therapy and is a graduate of The Sage Colleges.
“My goal is to provide a reliable and valid evaluation of a person’s return-to-work abilities,” Dix said. “I am eager to help people determine what they can safely do.”
Those needing a functional capacity evaluation may be referred to Dix by an array of professionals including physicians, worker compensation, insurance companies, and lawyers.
Functional capacity evaluations are performed in the Outpatient Rehabilitation Department, located in the Toolan Building on the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center campus. For more information, please call our office at 447-5140.
SVMC is a full-service community hospital that is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC), an integrated health system serving Bennington and Windham Counties in Vermont and nearby communities in New York and Massachusetts. In addition to the hospital, SVHC consists of the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, the SVHC Foundation, and the SVMC Northshire and Deerfield Valley campuses. It also includes Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. svhealthcare.org
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