Brattleboro Memorial Hospital announced it will begin providing health services to area citizens planning trips out of the United States through its Occupational Health Department.

The services fill a gap left by World Learning when they closed their travel health center prior to the start of their fall semester. Previously, students in the World Learning programs as well as the general public could go to the Black Mountain Road campus for immunizations and other travel-related health advice.

BMH President & CEO Steven Gordon says the hospital has hired an occupational nurse with experience in the field to begin offering this service immediately. Gordon says BMH is also in discussion with World Learning about providing consultative services on non-emergency issues for its students, including reviewing and evaluating student medical forms, as well as emergency services through the hospital’s Emergency Department.

“World Learning has a number of students on campus who will need advice on medical issues during the application process, and when they are on campus as well as in another country,” says Gordon. “The nursing and medical staff in our Occupational Health Department has the capability to serve both World Learning students and the general public in this capacity.”

BMH’s Occupational Health Services department provides resources to area businesses that create a safer workplace environment and improve overall employee health, including pre-placement and annual physicals, drug screening, flu clinics, ergonomic evaluations, and on-site and off-site testing of hearing, vision and blood pressure. The Occupational Health Services department is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Appointments can be made by calling 802-257-8235.