Alice Hyde Medical Center, 133 Park St., in Malone is participating in a University of Vermont Health Network program that makes prescription medications more affordable for eligible patients. Blaine LaVoie/Malone Telegram

MALONE — Alice Hyde Medical Center received PMA Companies’ Risk Management Leadership Award - for 2018, 2019, and 2020 - this week for the Medical Center’s employee risk management and safety programs.

According to their website, PMA is the largest business portion within the Old Republic General Insurance Group. PMA provides workers’ compensation, casualty insurance, third party administrator, and functions as a risk services provider with over 100 years of operation. Old Republic International is a fortune 500 company and within the top 50 largest shareholder owned insurance businesses in the country.

“I’ve been with PMA for 20 years in this position, and this is just the second time I’ve had the pleasure of helping present this award,” said Brad Oddo, a Large Account Executive with PMA.

The Risk Management Leadership Award is the companies’ highest honor and that acknowledges model risk management, employee training, and programs of support that would reduce injuries on the job.

According to a press release from Alice Hyde’s Communications & Engagement Strategies, organizations become eligible to receive the award when said organizations meet strict criteria on claim rate for long-term worker’s compensation, and are nominated by third party advisers who evaluate employee safety, training, education, and programs on risk management.

“The fact that the team has taken such great care of our people during these tumultuous times really speaks to how dedicated and hardworking they are,” said Emily Campbell, Associate Vice President of Patients and People at Alice Hyde. “To be able to achieve this on top of everything else is truly amazing.”

According to leaders from the Medical Center, the award emphasizes the groundbreaking work of Alice Hyde’s OHW, or Occupational Health & Wellness Department. In recent years, the department has led the implementation of various risk management, injury reporting, and follow-up programs alongside the center’s pandemic-related protocols for employee testing, vaccination, and monitoring.

The department consists of Regional Director Greg Freeman; Stephanie Barse, OHW Program Manager, Ashley Barnett, MOA, and Rosanna Secore, LPN.

“The question we try to answer every day is ‘how do we give people the tools they need to remain safe?’” said Freeman. “Nobody comes to work planning to get hurt. Our goal is to identify root causes and eliminate them.”

Freeman also states that the team’s method to redesigning safety in the workplace and risk management is wide-ranging. Freeman thanks leaders and clinical teams across the organization for their support and contributions to the department’s efforts.

According to Michael Wilson, CSP, Regional Risk Control Manager for PMA, Alice Hyde’s department has helped the organization and their respective employees avoid more than eight million dollars, from 2016 to 2020, in lost time and other expenses that would have stemmed from on-the-job injuries. Wilson stated that the estimate is based on different factors such as rates for injuries and worker’s compensation rates from similar organizations.

“Your performance has been excellent, and you are more than deserving of this award.” said Wilson.

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