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TEAM WINS CHRYSLER AWARD FOR QUALITY AND COST SAVINGS

 TEAM WINS CHRYSLER AWARD FOR QUALITY AND COST SAVINGS
 TOLEDO, Ohio, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Chairman Lee A. Iacocca today presented to a team composed of members from St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo and the Toledo Assembly Plant, the corporation's coveted Chairman's Award.
 The Award was one of seven given at ceremonies held at Chrysler Corporate Headquarters in Highland Park, Mich., to teams or individuals who have achieved excellence in operational improvements, cost savings or contributions to customer satisfaction.
 The Toledo team -- St. Vincent physicians, Toledo Assembly management and employees and representatives of Jeep Unit, Local 12, UAW -- established a unique occupational health program which reduced workers' compensation costs by $1 million.
 The team also recouped $3 million more in workers' compensation reimbursements from the State of Ohio.
 The Chairman's Award cites the team for designing innovative programs to prevent workplace injuries and to get injured workers back on the job quickly.
 The Occupational Health Services Department of St. Vincent Medical Center lead the medical portion of the team, providing on-site services through a program unique to the Toledo Assembly Plant.
 The St. Vincent program is one of the few in occupational medicine that provides intensive on-site physician involvement, a team approach to problem solving and an emphasis on prevention.
 Physicians from St. Vincent are on-site at the Toledo plant 12 hours each day.
 G.A. Huber, Toledo Assembly's plant manager, said, "This program is an example of our philosophy of team effort and cooperation to make positive change. This program is a real benefit to Toledo Assembly's workers."
 Sue M. Parkins, M.D., medical director of St. Vincent's Occupational Health Services, said, "The multidisciplinary team from St. Vincent and Chrysler -- experts in medicine, law, management and labor -- meets weekly with the clear goal of enhancing medical care at the Toledo plant.
 "We also are highly involved with on-going studies matching workers' skills and medical restrictions with special job tasks."
 St. Vincent began its plant-based operations at Toledo Assembly in January 1991, augmenting the existing medical services. Chrysler chose St. Vincent based on its reputation in occupational medicine and on- going physician involvement.
 Tom Duross, Toledo Assembly's human resources manager, said, "St. Vincent's staff has done an excellent job in improving medical care at our plant. Not only have they helped to reduce injuries, but they have helped employees return to work sooner -- which helps both Chrysler and the employee."
 The St. Vincent/Toledo Assembly Plant team also received recognition from Chrysler on the local and regional levels, claiming the Silver Manufacturing Quality Award and the regional Gold Award for their efforts.
 In addition to its services at Toledo Assembly, St. Vincent Occupational Health Services provides in-house physician and nursing services at Chrysler's Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, and recently added a pilot physical therapy service staffed by St. Vincent's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation staff.
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