WorkSTAR Services

Outpatient Occupational Rehabilitation

The family of WORKSTAR services at Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services represents a tested and proven system to help people return to their jobs healthy and with a much lower chance of re-injury.

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Work Hardening
A customized program designed for individuals who require reconditioning prior to returning to work. This includes customized work simulation, functional strength training, and aerobic conditioning with stretching and dynamic stabilization. Our program includes weekly Interdisciplinary Staffings.

Interdisciplinary Team:

  • Medical/Physiatrist (symptom & pain control, medications, imaging)
  • Physical Training (as listed above including an education program)
  • Neuropsychology (sleep, depression, stress management, etc)

Conditioning & Safety Training (CAST) Program
An adjunct program to the Work Hardening/Work Conditioning Program. The WorkSTAR team may refer clients to this program to work on conditioning, endurance, and overall safety training before beginning Work Hardening, Work Conditioning or a Functional Capacity Assessment.

WorkStep Program
An adjunct program to the Work Hardening/Work Conditioning Program. The WorkSTAR team may recommend and refer clients to an inpatient detox program for treatment of an existing substance abuse problem. Candidates for the WorkStep program have been evaluated by the WorkSTAR team and will be expected to begin their Work Hardening/Work Conditioning Program upon completion of treatment at the inpatient center (Currently partnered with Intermountain Hospital – NewStart Program).

Work Conditioning
Structured rehabilitation with an emphasis on job simulation activities to facilitate a successful return to work. An approach similar to Work Hardening is utilized, however, without the interdisciplinary team.

Functional Capacity Assessments/KEY Medley System
A process of measuring, recording, and analyzing a person’s ability to safely perform a number of job related functions. The purpose of an FCA is to identify the clients’ safe capacities through the use of objective, reliable and valid data. The FCA can also be used to assist with case management including return to work, re-injury prevention, rehabilitation, disability and/or job placement.

Job Placement Assessments
A non-discriminatory assessment used to screen workers before they begin a job to determine their capacities to perform specific job tasks. This can help to prevent on the job injuries by identifying any physical barriers that the potential employee may have in relationship to the job.

Ergonomic Assessments
Creating a “best fit” between worker, task and environment. A certified assessment specialist identifies positive aspects as well as risk factors at a specific work station. Recommendations are provided for modifications to reduce risk of cumulative trauma or injury. Industrial or Office assessments are available.

Job Site Evaluation (JSE)
A systematic procedure for observing and describing the duties and the condition of a particular job. This may include any of the following: task analysis, risk management, assessment of postures &/or positions, identification of environmental hazards, accommodation recommendations, and employee education.

A licensed staff member will visit the job site, identify the physical demands, and obtain data that can be utilized to make recommendations. This information can also be utilized to develop employee education classes or specific Job Placement Assessments.

Other Physician Services

Medical-Kevin Krafft MD

  • Independent Medical Evaluation
  • Electro diagnostic Studies (EMG/NCS)

Neuropsychology-Robert Calhoun PhD

  • Pre-Surgical consultations
  • Hypnosis
  • Neuropsychology and Psychology
  • Evaluations & treatment with medical patients
  • Chronic pain Consultation & treatment
  • Imagery & Relaxation Techniques