Nearly eleven years ago, Joey Fullilove’s dream of opening an occupational healthcare facility came to fruition. Joey, a radiological technician, recognized that the booming oilfield industry needed a company they could trust and that would make the need for occupational testing a priority.
In December 2003, the doors opened for Complete Occupational Health Services in order to serve businesses in the south and central Lafourche areas. In more than a decade, COHS has completed thousands of work-related exams including physicals, drug and alcohol screenings, and other occupational screenings.
When Joey’s daughter Kayla received her driver’s license, he put her to work in his clinic as well. Kayla attended Nicholls State University receiving her degree in business management with plans that one day, when her father retired, she would take over the family business.
In October, Joey Fullilove became ill and passed away from surgery-related complications. In the midst of grieving for the man who served as the mortar for not only the family business but for the family, his loved ones were forced to step up and ensure that his dream would not fail.
Joey’s daughter Kayla, who was 23, was pushed into managing the business earlier than she ever expected. Joey’s wife Allison, an educator, spends her afternoons at the office as well ensuring that the wheels of motion continue.
“We lost a tremendous person. He kept us all together. We have gone through so much these last few months.
We were all forced to step up in the hardest of times and ensure that my father’s business, his dream, would not fall at the waste side,” Kayla Fullilove says.
Kayla cannot say enough about the 15 employees working at COHS, some of whom have been a part of the company since its inception more than a decade ago.
“Our employees are an extension of our family. They’ve been through the good times and the struggles. I cannot ask for a more dedicated and loyal staff,” she says.
Customer service is high on the checklist of business practices at Complete Occupational Health Services. When companies call late at night, even at 1 a.m., for urgent medical evaluations COHS makes sure that someone on call, oftentimes Kayla, is made available to be of service.
“We are a one of a kind, one-stop place for all your medical/occupational needs. We service people of all ages, from every state. Our business is family owned; therefore everyone is treated like we have known them for years.
Almost everyday a patient comes in and asks for my dad, he made every patient his friend and that’s what we will continue to do,” says Kayla.
Dr. Jody Plaisance and Physician Assistant Jill LeBoeuf are the on-site health care providers who assist with occupational health needs as well as regular “doctor’s office” type needs.
“Your occupational needs and health care are our top priority,” LeBouef says.
Complete Occupational Healthcare Services is a full clinic that offers medical services to anyone with non-life threatening illnesses and injuries. Those types of medical services include common colds, coughs and illnesses.
“It’s especially great for people without insurance or who cannot get in to see their regular family doctor when they’re feeling under the weather. For a $40 office visit you’ll meet with our physician or physician assistant and get prescribed medications if needed,” says Kayla.
COHS contributes to numerous local charities throughout the year. The most recent and most heart-warming for the group is the Joey Fullilove Memorial Scholarship. This year a golf tournament was held to raise funds. With the monies raised a scholarship will be donated to someone in need that is graduating from South Lafourche High School, Joey’s alma mater, to attend college.
“My dad loved our community and loved his patients. We want to ensure that neither his memory is forgotten nor that his good deeds will go undone,” says Kayla.
Complete Occupational Health Services is located at 13554 Hwy. 3235 in Larose. You can contact the office by calling 985-693-8277.
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Posted on Tue, November 18, 2014
by The Lafourche Gazette