JONATHON ZIMMER SCHUCH, M.Eng., P.E.

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HOME ADDRESS:              849 Locust Avenue

                                                Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

                                                (434) 977-3651

    

BUSINESS ADDRESS:        University of Virginia Health System

                                                P.O. Box 800766

                                                Charlottesville, Virginia 22908-0766

                                                (434) 982-3845

                                               

EDUCATION:

    

            Master of Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1984. Awarded scholarship for academic excellence covering tuition, fees and stipend.

                     

            Bachelor of Science, Biological Sciences, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, 1981.  Graduated with honors.

          

EMPLOYMENT:

    

July, 2012 - present

            Director of Occupational Health and Wellness

            University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia

 

Responsible for merging Employee Health, the Employee Same Day Clinic, and UVA-WorkMed into one business unit within the Health System. Assess business operations and pursue strategies to improve quality, customer satisfaction, and efficiency. Implement programs to improve employee safety and to meet CMS, OSHA, and Accreditation Organization regulations and standards. Take action to expand UVA's market share in employee wellness and occupational health services. Continue to manage and oversee the delivery of rehabilitation engineering services.

 

 

September, 2007 – July, 2012

            Director, Rehabilitative Services and UVA-WorkMed

            University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, Virginia

 

Responsible for the strategic planning, program development, and operational management of the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech Language Pathology, Rehabilitation Engineering, and UVA-WorkMed programs within the Health System.  Develop and oversee budgets that exceed $6 million dollars.  Oversee programs that employ more than 80 employees.  Oversee clinical research and grant funded activities performed by rehabilitation, occupational-medicine, and health/wellness clinicians.

 

November, 2004 – September, 2007

            Manager, UVA-WorkMed

            University of Virginia Health System, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

Responsible for the management and development of a comprehensive occupational health and medicine program at the University of Virginia.  Develop and oversee an annual budget that approaches $700,000 per year. Manage clinical and non-clinical personnel.  Develop and implement service contracts with businesses located throughout Central Virginia.  Coordinate services between collaborating clinical entities located within the University of Virginia Health System.  Oversee program improvement and expansion activities.

 

December, 1989 - November, 2004

            Manager, Rehabilitation Engineering Services

            University of Virginia Health System, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

Responsible for the establishment, management and ongoing development of a free-standing rehabilitation engineering program within the University of Virginia Health System. Manage the clinical, educational, and research activities of the program. Write and manage grants; develop and fulfill service contracts; collaborate with other academic departments, governmental agencies, and industry on special projects. Teach graduate and undergraduate engineers, medical residents, allied health students, and healthcare professionals.

 

June, 1985 - December, 1989

            Rehabilitation Engineer, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

            School of Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

Established a nationally recognized wheelchair seating program within the Division of Prosthetics and Orthotics.  Developed and implemented strategies to maximize the program’s clinical effectiveness and financial strength.  Provided clinical education and supervision to graduate biomedical engineers enrolled in the University’s federally-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Training Program.  Participated in the clinical evaluation and refinement of new products developed by the University of Virginia’s Rehabilitation Engineering Center on Wheeled Mobility.

 

June, 1983 – June, 1985

            Director, Rehabilitation Engineering Services

            Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center, Fishersville, Virginia.

 

One of only two service-oriented rehabilitation engineers employed at that time by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Coordinated, both administratively and clinically, in-house and field rehabilitation engineering consultation, design and fabrication services.  As an applied biomedical engineer, implemented, utilizing human factors design, assistive devices and equipment that maximized individuals’ employability, physical independence, and quality of life.  Managed an allied medical department and professional service in a manner that complied with both rehabilitation and hospital association standards. 

 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS

 

2002-present   Assistant Professor of Medical Education, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University of Virginia

 

1992-2000      Assistant Professor of Medical Education, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University of Virginia

 

1989-1992            Instructor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University of Virginia

 

1985-1989      Instructor, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, School of Medicine, University of Virginia

 

SELECT PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENTS

 

2017          Trained as a “Lean Practitioner” within the University of Virginia Health System to support the Lean Management initiative of the Health System.

 

2016          Assigned a lead role in overseeing employee safety within the University of Virginia Health System. Charged with reducing injuries by 15% in first year and OSHA-reportable injuries by 25% in the second year. Formalizing the process by which injuries and unsafe conditions are reported, root causes are analyzed, and interventions are implemented. Focusing on reducing injuries related to patient handling, sharps injuries, blood and body fluid exposures, and falls.

2015 -

present       In collaboration with the University Physicians Group (UPG) and U.S Preventative Medicine, assisted in the development and implementation of an employer wellness program. Managed the development and implementation of a comprehensive biometric screening program that resulted in the screening of the majority of UPG employees.

 

2011 -

present       In collaboration with the UVA Human Resources and Aetna, assisted in the development and implementation of a University-wide employee wellness program. Managed the development and implementation of a comprehensive biometric screening program that resulted in the screening of more than 3700 participants in the program's first year and more than 8000 in each subsequent year.

 

2009          Responsible for the development and implementation of a physician occupational health surveillance program at UVA. Monitor the compliance of more than 900 licensed independent practitioners in their participation in annual surveillance to monitor 8 infectious disease elements.

 

1995-2009 Developed and implemented a rehabilitation engineering service contract with the Piedmont Regional Educational Program, a private non-profit corporation that provides assistive technology services to six school districts in Central Virginia.

 

2006          Consultant with the University of Virginia’s Healthcare Product Evaluation Center to provide ergonomic analyses and recommendations pertaining to the design of a new generation of bedside patient chairs.  This work was requested by an internationally renowned manufacturer of ergonomic office chairs.

 

1999-2001 Reviewer, RESNA 2001 Student Scientific Paper Competition.

 

2000                    Registered Professional Engineer, having successfully passed, on first attempt, the Principles and Practices of Engineering exam.

 

1998-99     Developed a one-day educational course entitled “Practical Approaches to Seating and Positioning” for clinicians who provide services to individuals with disabilities.  Delivered the training throughout the Mid-Atlantic States.

 

1997          Elected to the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of America.  This represents the first time ever that an engineer has been elected to the Board.

 

1997                    Co-authored a $50,000 contract from the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services to provide management and technical support of the Department’s statewide rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology programs. 

 

1996          Co-author of the University of Pittsburgh's grant-funded curriculum for the Assistive Technology Training Program for Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers.  Lead author of the Engineering Principles and Biomechanics components of the curriculum.

 

1996          Co-author of CARTE, The Center for Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology Training and Evaluation, a one-year project funded by the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services to increase the availability of assistive technology evaluation services in Central Virginia.  Served as Training Coordinator for the Center.  Amount of award:  $125,000.

 

1996          Collaborated in the design of an automatic braking system for manual wheelchairs.  This design has been submitted to the University of Virginia Patent Foundation for potential commercialization.

 

1996          Designed the front-latch subasis bar hardware and small-diameter subasis bar.  Collaborated with Metalcraft Industries, a manufacturer of assistive technologies, in the technology transfer process which resulted in the commercialization of these products.

 

1995-96     Co-author of the RESNA document "Guidelines for Advanced Curriculum Development for Seating and Mobility Assistive Technology Practitioners".  This work was supported by a grant from NIDRR.

 

1995-96     As an activity of the Virginia Rehabilitation Technology Training Project, developed and delivered twenty high-level seminars focusing on the state-of-the-art in clinical and research practices within the rehabilitation technology arena.  Areas of focus included: specialized seating and positioning; mobility; augmentative and alternative communication; technology for personal vehicle transportation; robotics applications; assistive technology for older adults; computer applications and adaptations; human factors engineering; and, exemplary service models.  Subject matter was delivered by nationally-recognized clinical and research leaders to an audiences made up of professionals from a variety of backgrounds. 

 

1994          Author of the University of Virginia's proposal for its fourth Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program in Rehabilitation Engineering/Technology.  Proposal was funded in the fall of 1995. Served as Co-Project Director.  Amount of award:  $289,017.

 

1994          Assisted the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services in the development of a statewide counselor training program focusing on assistive and rehabilitation technology training.  Training modules were developed for virtually every aspect of technology.  Chosen as one of the trainers for delivering the module on Seating and Mobility.

 

1993-94     Developed and managed a $70,000 contract with the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services to provide management support to the Department's rehabilitation engineering program.  Developed a CQI Plan and a Technical Supervision Plan for the Department. 

 

1991-94     Reviewer of Scientific Papers submitted to RESNA for presentation at the 1992-1995 Annual RESNA Conferences and publication in the Conference Proceedings.

 

1983-96     Trained and supervised 35 graduate biomedical and rehabilitation engineers enrolled in the University of Virginia's federally-funded Rehabilitation Engineering Training Program

 

1989          Co-authored the University of Virginia's proposal for its third Rehabilitation Long-Term Training Program in Rehabilitation Engineering.  Proposal was funded in the fall of 1990.  Served as clinical coordinator and educator for the project.  Amount of award exceeded  $300,000.

 

1988          Developed new strategies to improve the fit and function of the Contour U seating system manufactured by Pin Dot Products.  Collaborated with the manufacturer to transfer these strategies to a commercial domain.  These strategies continue to be used.

 

1986-88     As an invited speaker, presented rehabilitation engineering services at the University of Virginia to United States congressional aides.

                      

1985-91     Professional staff member of the RSA‑funded Rehabilitation Engineering Training Program and of the NIDRR‑funded Rehabilitation Engineering Center on Seating and Wheelchair Design.

    

1985          Established the Commonwealth's first comprehensive wheelchair seating program.   This program quickly earned a national reputation for its ability to successfully solve complex seating problems.

    

1984          Provided the technical lead in a three day study of the feasibility of rehabilitation engineering technologies applied in a total care facility at the Richfield Retirement Communities in Salem, Virginia.

 

1984          Awarded $15,000 contract from West Virginia's Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation to introduce rehabilitation engineering technologies to the state and to assess all residents in the state's MHMR facilities who possess multiple disabilities.

 

1984          Authored a proposal to establish the nation's first mobile rehabilitation engineering laboratory. Received $50,000 grant from the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Human Resources for this project.  Successfully developed the mobile laboratory that same year.

 

SELECT LECTURES

 

2018           “Influency of Respirator Change Following Annual Respirator Fit Testing at an Academic Medical Center.” Poster Presentation, IDWeek 2018 Conference (Co-author)

 

2018          “Characterizing Flu Vaccine Exemption Behavior Among Healthcare Personnel: Pattern Recognition Algorithms in Employee Health Data.” Poster Presentation, Society for Epidemiological Research 2018 Conference. (Co-author)

 

2017          “Characteristics of Health Care Workers That Decline Influenza Vaccination for Varying Reasons." Poster Presentation, IDWeek 2017 Conference. (Co-author)

 

2006          “Solving Difficult Seating Cases Associated with Neuromuscular Disease.” 12th Annual Conference: Management Strategies For Motor Impairments In Children With Neuromuscular Conditions.  Co-Presenter with Alan Donaldson, OTR/L, ATP

 

2004          “Complex Seating For the Involved Patient.” Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center Grand Rounds.  Co-Presenter

 

1995-98     “Introduction to Rehabilitation Engineering.” A three-hour credit graduate biomedical engineering course taught at the University of Virginia.

 

1996          "Meeting the Seating Needs for Individuals with Spinal Cord Injury." Management of the Patient with Spinal Cord Injury, New Challenges - New Approaches to Recurring Problems in Spinal Cord Injury Care, The Ninth Annual Advanced Conference for Health Professionals, Williamsburg, Virginia.

 

1996          "Liability and Warranty - What are the Risks to the Users and Vendors." Tri-State Assistive Technology Conference, Alexandria, Virginia (co-presenter).

 

1996          "Developing a Model Community-Based Assistive Technology Evaluation Service Delivery System." Tri-State Assistive Technology Conference, Alexandria, Virginia (co-presenter).

 

1996          "Exemplary Service Models and Approaches." A two-day workshop focusing on model programs and approaches to delivering assistive technology services, Fishersville, Virginia (co-presenter).

 

1995          "Wheelchair Seating and Positioning: Improving your Services From Assessment through Follow Up." A two-day seminar focusing on state-of-the-art in clinical and research practices, delivered as an activity of the Virginia Rehabilitation Technology Training Project, Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

1992          "Fundamentals of Seating." A one‑day workshop on seating principles and applications for physical and occupational therapists.

    

1991          "Funding and Reimbursement Issues for Assistive Technologies." 2nd Mid‑Atlantic Regional Conference on Rehabilitation Engineering, Newark, Delaware.

    

1990          "Options in Custom Seating For Solving Difficult Seating Problems." 1st Mid‑Atlantic Regional Conference on Rehabilitation Engineering, Charlottesville, Virginia.

    

1989          "Sit Right." A two‑day workshop on seating principles and applications for Virginia's Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Petersburg, Virginia.

    

1988          "Design for Success." A two‑day workshop on effective design of assistive devices for Virginia's Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Lynchburg, Virginia.

    

1988          "Custom Seating at the University of Virginia." American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Continuing Education Conference on Spinal Orthotics and Seating, Kansas City, Missouri.

    

1987          "Custom Seating at the University of Virginia." American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Continuing Education Conference on Upper Extremity Prosthetics and Orthotics, Alexandria, Virginia.

 

1987          "Options in Customized Seating For Severely‑Involved Residents." A multiweek training symposium on the selection; fabrication; and fitting of customized seating for residents at Central Virginia Training Center, Lynchburg, Virginia.

    

1987          "Rehabilitation Engineering at the University of Virginia." Invited lecturer for the Department for the Visually Handicapped, Virginia Chapter Association For Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Charlottesville, Virginia.

    

1986          "Seating Fundamentals and Applications." A one‑day workshop for the Richmond Pediatric Interest Group, Richmond, Virginia.

    

1986          "Customized Seating for Persons with Head Injuries, Principles and Applications.” Virginia Commonwealth University, 10th Annual Postgraduate Course on Rehabilitation of the Brain‑Injured Adult and Child, Williamsburg, Virginia.

    

1985          "Rehabilitation Engineering at WWRC." Virginia Rehabilitation Association, Annual Conference on Rehabilitation, Williamsburg, Virginia.

    

1984          "Rehabilitation Engineering at WWRC." Virginia Rehabilitation Association, Annual Conference on Rehabilitation, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

     

1984          "Rehabilitation Engineering at WWRC." National Rehabilitation Association, Annual Conference on Rehabilitation, Atlanta, Georgia.     

 

1984          "Worksite Modification for Effective Job Placement." West Virginia Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Conference on Employment of Persons With Disabilities, Charleston, West Virginia.

    

1983          "Rehabilitation Engineering Applications for Persons with Cerebral Palsy." United Cerebral Palsy Association, Maryland District, Conference on Rehabilitation Technologies, Bowie, Maryland.                        

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

2007          Farrell WJ, et al.  Comparison of Pressure-Relieving Characteristics of Mattress Overlays and Head Supports Used In Pediatric Intensive Care Settings.  Proceedings of the WOW 2007 National Conference on Advanced Care.

 

2000          Schuch J, Donaldson A, and Baumgartner P. Carving a Niche. Rehab Management. 2000; 13(6):84-90.

 

1996          Schuch J, Breeden B. Managing the Legal Liabilities and Risks Inherent in the Delivery of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology Services and Devices. Proceedings of the RESNA 1996 Annual Conference. 1996;16:26-28.

 

1996          Schuch J. "Quality Assessment and Improvement Within the University of Virginia's Rehabilitation Engineering Service Program." Technology and Disability. 1996; 5:25-33.

 

1995          Schuch J, Pelegano JP. Development of a Bed Overlay to Control Extensor Tone, Improve Respiration, and Reduce Mattress Interface Pressures. Proceedings of the RESNA 1995 Annual Conference. 1995; 5:5-7.

 

1995          Hughlett NS, Schuch J. Development of a Car Safety Restraint for Children who Escape Commercial Systems. Proceedings of the RESNA 1995 Annual Conference. 1995;15:11-13.

 

1994          Schuch J, Margolis SA.. Modifying the Subasis Bar to Enhance its Performance. Proceedings of the RESNA 1994 Annual Conference.  1994;14:284-286.

 

1994          Hughlett NS, et al. Modifying Commercially-Available Walkers to Meet Individual Needs. Proceedings of the RESNA 1994 Annual Conference.  1994;14:28-31.

 

1993          Sprigle S, Schuch J. Using Seat Contour Measurements During Seating Evaluations of Individuals with SCI. Assistive Technology. 1993;5(1):24-35.

                   

1992          Smith J, et al. Prosthetic Management of Hemicorporectomy Patients: New Approaches. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 1992;73(5):493-497.

 

1990          Schuch J, Sprigle S. Using Seat Contour Measurements as an Evaluation and Prescription Tool for Seating SCI Persons. Proceedings of the Sixth International Seating Symposium. 1990;6: 24-28.

                      

1989          Cross L, et al.  Multidisciplinary Approach to the Rehabilitation of a Hemicorporectomy Patient. Proceedings of the Fifteenth Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

                      

1988          Schuch J. Flexible Joint Pipe: An Orthotic/Prosthetic Tool. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Rehabilitation Technology. 1988;3:110-111.

    

1986          Hope RC, et al. Multidisciplinary Approach To Rehabilitation. Thirteenth Institute on Rehabilitation Issues. 

                      

1985          Law D, Schuch, J. The Nation's First Mobile Rehabilitation Engineering Unit. Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Conference on Rehabilitation Technology. 1985;5:189-193.

                      

1985          English J, Knorr K, and Schuch J. Rehabilitation Engineering Technology Applied in a Total Care Facility: A Feasibility Study. Proceedings of the Eighth Annual Conference on Rehabilitation Technology. 1985;5:148-151.

                      

1984          Schuch J, and Law D. REACH: An Innovative Approach To Service Delivery for Rural Rehabilitation. Proceedings of the First International Conference of Rural Rehabilitation Technologies. 1984;1:136-142.

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