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January 12, 2014

New clinic opens at Merrimack Valley Hospital

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“If commercial drivers and heavy equipment operators do not complete these exams, they will quickly be out of a job,” he said. “I am glad to be able to continue to provide this service.”

The clinic is one of only a handful offering all three levels of FAA exams, including those for commercial airline pilots.

According to the FAA, you need a medical certificate before flying solo in an airplane, helicopter, gyroplane or airship.

The FAA suggests getting your medical certificate before beginning flight training so as to alert you to any medical condition that would prevent you from becoming a pilot before you pay for lessons.

To obtain your medical certificate, you must pass a physical examination administered by an FAA-authorized aviation medical examiner, like Voight.

For area employers, Voight and his team of occupational health nurses will help businesses and municipalities decrease their costs for worker’s compensation by managing and ensuring workplace safety and injury prevention.

Hospital officials said the staff will work to develop customized physical examinations, including visual, audio, strength, and flexibility testing as well as cardiology, laboratory, and radiology services as needed.

Also offered are drug and alcohol testing. The clinic provides timely results for DOT mandated and other industrial drug and alcohol testing requirements, hospital officials said.

Immunizations and medical surveillance are also offered including for Hepatitis A and B and the influenza vaccine, as well as medical surveillance testing for occupational exposures to lead, asbestos, silica, mercury, other chemicals, heavy metals and tuberculosis screening.

Hospital officials say the specialty of travel medicine was developed to prepare and protect the increasing number of people traveling globally to places still considered biological risks.

More than 1 million people lose their lives to malaria each year, but to protect against that disease, for example, there is no immunization — a traveler must take pills before, during and after a trip to an area where Malaria is prevalent, hospital officials said. This is how Voight, an expert in the field of travel medicine, can help protect travelers from infectious disease, they said.

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