The workers at DOT dedicate themselves to keeping America’s highways, byways, railways and runways moving smoothly every single day. But just like any car, bus, train, or plane, our employees need to be in top shape to do their job. They need to be physically, mentally and emotionally healthy And when they aren’t feeling fit, the DOT Health Clinic comes to the rescue.
The Health Clinic started as a suggestion from an employee. We were making plans to establish the clinic when a similar suggestion was submitted on IdeaHub, an internal online community where DOT staff can post, discuss, and vote on ideas to improve our department. The submission garnered lots of positive attention, so we knew the Clinic would be well-received.
Originally open only 2 days a week, I am proud to announce that the clinic is now open a full 5 days per week offering services ranging from glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure screening to flu and allergy shots to health risk assessments.
Last Thursday, I was able to visit the Health Clinic for an Open House. Since February is Heart Health Month, one of the nurses at the clinic offered to check my blood pressure. They also explained that they are hosting Open Houses March 6-8, with free screenings each day and noted that flu shots are still available. I had a terrific tour and chatted with some of the hard-working nurses.
One particularly ambitious staffer I had the pleasure of meeting was Dorothy Taylor. Dorothy is enrolled as a student at Montgomery College, studying for a nursing degree. She works part time at the clinic while attending classes. Dorothy hopes to become an RN, and I hope to see her join the clinic crew full time when she graduates.
Hard-working people like Dorothy are the reason I am so proud to lead this department. Thankfully, on those occasions when one of us at DOT is not physically up to speed, the Health Clinic is there for on-site treatment.
DOT professionals keep America running, and we are fortunate to have a Health Clinic available to keep them running.