POMPTON PLAINS-In recognition of its service to hospital employees and to employees of 250 participating companies and organizations, Chilton Memorial Hospital has received the 2004 Business Recognition Award from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN). The AAOHN business award honors small and large businesses that support and promote the occupational and environmental health nursing profession. Dicristina said Chilton Memorial achieved the AAOHN recognition because it was the only occupational health service to meet all of the organization's stringent criteria for its Business Recognition Award. The award-winning physician and nurses recognized for their work at Chilton Memorial Hospital's Occupational Health Center offer a variety of occupational health services to area corporations, manufacturers, construction and transportation companies, municipalities, area boards of education, and nursing homes. The Center's staff helps companies and organizations comply with legal and regulatory agency requirements. It also provides services to an average of 150 patients during a regular five-day business week. "Our occupational health center staff members are specially trained and certified in work-related injury care," explained Chilton Memorial's Occupational Health Center nurse manager, Doris Dicristina. "We also offer pre-employment physicals and annual exams, executive physicals, firefighter physicals, risk assessment for hazard materiels exposure, and more. "This recognition at the national level is truly deserved by the dynamic staff of professionals in our center," she said. "We take our responsibilities to employers and their work forces very seriously and we are committed to providing quality comprehensive occupational health services."