Occupational Health

Board-certified physicians and experienced clinicians

Sindecuse Health Center’s clinical expertise begins with board-certified physicians, licensed therapists, trained medical technicians, and a range of other health care professionals. They will coordinate worker’s compensation, progressive early return to work assignments, rehabilitation, ergonomics evaluations, pre-placement examinations, environmental medicine consultations, and disability management for Western Michigan University.

Primary injury care

Primary injury care is caring for non-emergency injuries sustained at work. Typical examples include cuts and bruises, injury from falls or lifting, abrasions of or foreign bodies in the eyes, and sprains of backs, ankles, and other joints.

When an injury occurs in the work setting, supervisors or managers typically direct patients to Sindecuse Health Center for treatment. If the injury isn't work-related the patient will be treated as an urgent care patient and then referred to primary care providers.

WMU Human Resources Dept. forms are required in the event of accident or injury.

Dedication to patient care

Sindecuse Health Center providers practice evidence-based medicine. With this approach patients return to work, to play, and to life faster and more affordably. At Sindecuse we:

  • Assess the injury and the determine the urgency needed to treat it.
  • Question the patient to learn how the injury occurred, the medical history of the individual, and other important information.
  • Counsel the patient on next steps and what to expect during the treatment plan.
  • Institute evidence-based treatment regimens.
  • Direct the patient to return to reduced or normal activity, see a specialist, or rest at home.

Benefits to the WMU community

  • Assurance of care
    Our patients receive quality medical care. Our focus is on best practices to both treat injuries and return patients to normal functioning.
  • Better outcomes
    By monitoring and managing treatment throughout a patient’s care, our clinicians can produce better outcomes for the injured worker.
  • Convenience
    With on-site X-ray, lab, pharmacy and physical therapy, patients receive immediate medical attention at one facility and during one visit.
  • Lower costs
    Our efficient, cost-conscious health care leads to lower medical costs.

Contact us

To schedule a physical or other appointment
Please call Carol Bukant at (269) 387-4214.

For questions regarding the Occupational Health program
Please call Dr. Michael Shelden at (269) 387-4636.