Ensuring worker health and well-being at Hanford

In late 2018, HPM Corp. was competitively re-awarded the Hanford Occupational Medical Services contract.

HPM Corp. Occupational Medical Services (HPMC OMS) is one of the largest occupational medicine programs among all U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) sites. As a prime contractor to DOE, HPMC OMS provides comprehensive occupational medicine and health-related services to more than 9,000 Hanford workers in professional, technical, administrative and craft occupations.

We just completed the first year of our new seven-year contract with DOE, and I could not be prouder to be a part of this organization.

Our dedicated team of health care professionals and support staff have the privilege of ensuring an effective, healthy workforce for DOE and other Hanford contractors. Our unique role on the One Hanford team provides us with the ability to interact with nearly every worker on the site.

Led by Dr. Karen Phillips, our clinical staff supports the cleanup mission by ensuring the Hanford workforce is able and ready to perform work in a safe manner. In the event they are not, we have experienced case management, behavioral health and industrial rehabilitation services to provide care and guidance in their safe return to full duty.

An integral part of HPMC OMS’ successful business strategy is our commitment to small business utilization.

We work diligently to identify and partner with small businesses that bring value to our work through their provision of goods and services.

We recognize that our small business partners contribute to our innovative processes, support our customers, encourage local job creation and contribute substantially to the overall health of our local and regional economies.

Our occupational medicine service delivery model for Hanford is driven by our DOE contract.

It includes areas such as medical surveillance and exams, first aid, return to work, case management, behavioral health services, health promotion and education, industrial rehabilitation and ergonomics. Last year, we conducted more than 22,000 patient visits.

In 2019, HPMC OMS established a small business plan and contracted more than $2.3 million to small businesses in and around the state of Washington.

We purchased goods and services, such as office supplies and furniture, linen services, moving services, equipment repair and maintenance, medical and physical fitness equipment, printing, and X-ray, cardiology and other various medical testing services.

In support of our small business contracting efforts, we participate in various business development and networking opportunities, such as Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) events. This provides us with an opportunity to increase our local small business contacts, which has led to successful competitive procurement awards. 

We are actively involved in the Mentor-Protégée Program with DOE and one of our subcontractors. Our protégée was nominated for the Protégée of the Year award for DOE’s program. This program allows us to coach a small business new to government contracting on how to do successful business with the government.  

In 2020, HPMC OMS aims to increase our small business impact to $3.7 million. Our focus is to fill procurements with small business opportunities, specifically to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses and Veteran Owned Small Businesses.

Services we are hoping to expand with small business this year are medical supplies, toxicology and urinary analysis services, shipping supplies, pharmaceuticals and multimedia development. 

I look forward to leading our exceptional team through the next year of change at Hanford. We will continue to make the safety and health of workers our No. 1 priority.

Hiram Whitmer is president and program manager of HPM Corp. Occupational Medical Services.

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