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SafeWorks Illinois announces promotions, hiring

Tonya Trice, operations/AR manager, has been promoted to executive vice president, operations, for both SafeWorks Illinois and 217 Immediate Care, located at 1806 N. Market St., Champaign.

Bringing 11 years of occupational health experience to the organization, Trice transitioned to the SafeWorks Illinois company in 2012 from Decatur Memorial Corporate Occupational Health Service, where she worked as a Certified Medical Assistant. Her responsibilities range from managing building operations to negotiating contracts to managing the organization’s electronic health record system. She has helped develop many of the processes that streamline patient care for all of patients and employers.

Trice is a Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) through Presence Hospital (acquired by OSFHealtCare in 2018) and received her Medical Assistant Certification from the Midwest Technical Institute. Trice resides in Piatt County with her husband and two children. She serves the area communities as an EMT for her local Fire & EMS Department, a non-profit volunteer fire protection service.

Stacy Eichelberger has been promoted to executive administrative assistant for Dr. David Fletcher’s Medical Expert and Consulting Practice.

In Eichelberger’s key role, she handles the national cases in which Fletcher serves as an expert medical witness, developing a professional relationship with the attorneys and their assistants. Other responsibilities include the organization of sensitive medical/legal files, drafting and sending retainer, deposition and IME letters and invoices as well as corresponding regularly with attorneys and work comp carriers to schedule independent medical examinations, impairment ratings and depositions.

SafeWorks Illinois and 217 Immediate Care has promoted controller/HR director Matt Dillon to executive vice president, finance and human resources. Dillon joined SafeWorks in January 2017 and has 20 years of experience in finance and management in a variety of settings, including governmental bodies and the insurance industry. He is a 1992 graduate of Eastern Illinois University in business and accounting.

Dillon is charged with developing the SafeWorks strategic plan for 2020 and beyond, along with the rest of the organization’s management team. He is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and is working on upgrading HR functions with more automation of on-boarding and employee time management.

Dillon is about to embark on obtaining an Executive Healthcare Leadership Certificate training program from Cornell University.

In addition to his SafeWorks responsibilities, Dillon also manages Fletcher’s two real estate ventures, Illinois Land Restoration and Stewardship LLC and 812 Illinois Properties LLC, which includes the 7-acre 217 Medical Center campus on North Market Street in Champaign.

Dillon lives with 10-year-old son James in Homer, where he also serves as the elected supervisor/treasurer for South Homer Township. He is an avid pool player, set to play in Las Vegas for the national pool tournament in August, after his team won a local qualifying tournament.

SafeWorks Illinois and 217 Immediate Care have promoted Chaley Shipley, RN, to Executive Clinic Director for both operations.

Shipley’s managerial job responsibilities have now been expanded to include client relations and outreach as a major focus of her new leadership position. In this role, she provides advisory capacity to area employers regarding their occupational health needs when meeting OSHA compliance standards or in the implementation of other job site health and safety programs.

In addition to managing the day-to-day operations, staff schedules and clinical processes for the SafeWorks Illinois and 217 Immediate Care clinical staff, Shipley also provides supervision over SafeWorks Illinois medical staff who work off-site, providing SafeWorks Illinois clients with their own outsourced, on-site medical services.

Shipley also serves as the SafeWorks Illinois internal nurse case manager, providing this vital role for SafeWorks Illinois and 217 Immediate Care patients and employers. Under Fletcher’s supervision, Shipley fast-tracks referrals for injured patients, seamlessly transferring these patients to other providers, rehabilitation services or diagnostic testing, as needed. This SafeWorks Illinois process helps employees and employers achieve rapid resolution of cases and aids in the restoration of function for an injured person. 

Shipley is also a certified Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) drug and alcohol collector trainer and holds a certificate in hearing conservation by the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation for her competency in fulfilling OSHA regulatory and best practice responsibilities in occupational hearing conservation programs. 

Shipley’s years of experience in the field have qualified her become a Certified Occupational Health Nurse (COHN) after she passes her upcoming COHN certification exam sponsored by the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses (AAOHN). She will join a select club of well-qualified occupational health nurses as there are less than 5 COHNs in downstate Illinois.

Chaley resides in Tuscola with her husband, Paul, and two children.

Kevin Wilson PAC, MPAS, DFAAPA, has joined the SafeWorks Illinois and 217 Immediate Care team. Wilson brings the SafeWorks Illinois team nearly 30 years of experience as master’s level physician’s assistant in a variety of practice settings. He has worked in both urgent care and occupational medicine clinics over his career. In addition, he is a certified by the by the US Department of Transportation as an examiner of Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) drivers for the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME).

Wilson’s career includes many years with the Veteran’s Administration and most recently, Express Medical Care and Memorial Medical Group/BJC, all in the Metro St. Louis area.

He earned his Bachelor of Medical Science-Physician Assistant degree at St. Louis University in 1990. In 2002, Wilson obtained a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) with specialization in Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Physician Assistant Program.

In 2008, Wilson became a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistant (DFAAPA), the highest level of expertise a physician assistant can obtain. DFAAPA Fellows demonstrate outstanding dedication to their profession in the areas of medical practice and education, leadership in medicine and healthcare, commitment to lifelong learning, and community service. Wilson earned this distinction for his community volunteer work, teaching and mentoring of PA students for clinical rotation Preceptor/Mentor for PA students from St. Louis University and Southern Illinois University. Wilson is also a Peer Reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistant.

His wife, Gabriella, works as a dialysis nurse for Fresinius Dialysis unit, and they live in SW Champaign.