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Got Water?

Water is one of the most important nutrients in our bodies. Blood is mostly water and muscles, lungs and brain contain a lot of water too. It makes up approximately 70 percent of our muscles and about 75 percent of our brains.

Kibby Named Chief Medical Officer of BarnesCare

Tom Kibby, MD, MPH, FACOEM, CIME, has been named chief medical officer of BarnesCare. Dr. Kibby has worked with BarnesCare since 2007 and has over 24 years of experience working in occupational medicine. “Dr. Kibby has worked closely with area employers providing expert care and consultation in workplace health and safety,” says Pat Venditti, executive director of BJC Corporate Health Services. “As chief medical officer, he will continue to focus on improving our quality of care and advancing our strategic vision.”

BarnesCare Now Offers Hair Alcohol Testing

Alcohol is the most abused substance in the world, and excessive use poses serious health and safety issues. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, drug use in the workplace costs employers approximately $81 billion in lost productivity. To help our client companies control these costs, BarnesCare is now providing hair alcohol testing.

Flu Shot Fact or Myth?

Influenza (flu) is a serious disease that can make you sick for a week or longer with coughing, fever, aching and more. It can lead to pneumonia and make existing health problems worse - like diabetes, asthma and heart disease.

Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself from the flu. It also keeps you from bringing the virus home or to work to work and infecting others. There are some misconceptions about flu shots.

The Importance of Workplace Wellness
“The wealth of business depends on the health of workers.” 
-- Dr. Maria Neira, World Health Organization


The relationship between employee health and individual and organizational performance is more crucial than ever before. The facts are sobering. Tobacco use, physical inactivity and obesity are creating challenging road blocks for businesses, individuals and medical providers.
Body Substance Exposure Hotline
Workers are exposed to many hazards in the workplace. One of the most disconcerting is exposure to infectious diseases. The risks for workers who come in contact with blood and body fluids include, but are not limited to, Hepatitis B and C, and HIV. The potential for exposure is increasing. Each year in the United States, an estimated 78,000 people become infected with Hepatitis B. There are approximately 25,000 new Hepatitis C infections, with 2.9 million people chronically infected and 40,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. annually.

Life-Long Learner Earns Health Coach Certification
The National Society of Health Coaches (NSHC) has awarded the certification of health coach to Diane Palmer, RN, MPH. For Palmer, BarnesCare’s director of clinic operations, the certification is another step in her life-long journey of learning. “I pursued the certification for personal and professional reasons,” says Palmer. “I am passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles and want to learn as much as I can. What I learned by studying for the certification will help me in both my personal and professional life. 


Essential Function Testing Reduces Costs
In an effort to better manage injuries and workers’ compensation claims within the Barnes-Jewish Hospital transport department, a team was assembled to conduct a study. The study called for investigating the plausibility of implementing Essential Function Testing for transport employee-candidates. The team was made up of staff members from throughout the organization, including workers’ compensation administration, occupational health and ergonomics. 

Kibby Awarded Prestigious Status of Fellow
Thomas B. Kibby, MD, MPH, CIME, FACOEM, has been elevated to the status of fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). He has earned this recognition through his active participation in the organization and through his contributions to the field of occupational and environmental medicine. 

DOT Medical Examiner Certification

BarnesCare medical team leads the way with new certification requirement.

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