Bayhealth names new Occupational Health Director

Bayhealth recently named Parvathi Somasundaram, MD, as medical director of its three Occupational Health locations (Dover, Milford and Milton), of Employee Medicine and of its Walk-in/Urgent Care office in Milford.

Dr. Somasundaram joined Bayhealth in August 2013 as a staff physician at its Occupational Health Dover location and at its Occupational Health and Walk-in/Urgent Care office in Milford. She is certified as a medical review officer; as an occupational hearing conservationist by the Council for Accreditation for Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC); and as a physician supervisor for pulmonary assessments by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Most recently, Dr. Somasundaram played an integral part in the organization’s implementation of EPIC, an electronic health record (EHR) system.

“In her new role, Dr. Somasundaram will continue to maintain and improve safety, quality and regulation compliance by hiring, training and managing staff to serve both Bayhealth’s employee patient population and its corporate partners,” said Senior Director of Bayhealth Outpatient Services Deanna L. Rigby, FACHE.

“My biggest accomplishment so far has been helping to open the new office in Milton and expanding our services to the southern region,” said Dr. Somasundaram. “I love being part of a group of providers where we all collaborate and coordinate our medical specialties. It’s also great to be in a NAOHP (National Association of Occupational Health Professionals) certified hospital-based environment because I have immediate access to laboratory results, diagnostic services and an internal referral network. I didn’t have this benefit at my previous job. Being able to provide a personal touch to the care I provide also drives me every day – whether through on-call services or as a resource with regard to laws and regulations and helping people navigate the system.”

As medical director of Bayhealth Occupational Health, Employee Medicine and Walk-in/Urgent Care, Dr. Somasundaram will also work to further integrate population health and case management and improve health and safety for both company clients and Bayhealth employees, with a focus on prevention and reduced healthcare costs. Healthcare costs, in particular, are a top concern since they have skyrocketed in recent years.

Dr. Somasundaram is also board certified in family medicine, graduated from King’s College London School of Medicine in 2001 and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health. Prior to joining Bayhealth, Dr. Somasundaram worked for Concentra as a work site physician.

Visit bayhealth.org/occupationalhealth or contact Jennifer Sutter at 302-744-7012 or Jennifer_Sutter@bayhealth.org to learn more about Bayhealth Occupational Health services.

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