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KATHRYN MUELLER PRESENTED WITH PRESTIGIOUS WORKERS COMPENSATION AWARD

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KATHRYN MUELLER PRESENTED WITH PRESTIGIOUS WORKERS COMPENSATION AWARD

(DENVER) – The Department of Labor and Employment announced today that Dr. Kathryn Mueller, the Division of Workers’ Compensation’s Medical Director and Professor at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, has been recognized by the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) with its prestigious Frances Perkins Award. IAIABC is the world’s oldest trade association dedicated to promoting the advancement of workers’ compensation systems through education, research, and resource management.

 

 “I extend my congratulations to Kathryn,” says Ellen Golombek, Executive Director of the Department of Labor and Employment.  “The programs and services of the Division of Workers’ Compensation have a tremendous impact on businesses, communities and families.  We appreciate the many contributions she has made to the workers’ compensation system in Colorado and we appreciate that workers’ compensation professionals, medical providers, insurers, and business leaders share our gratitude for her accomplishments.”

 

In a statement, IAIABC said that Dr. Mueller was being honored for her more than two decade long career as the Medical Director at the Colorado Division of Workers’ compensation.  Her work ensured that Colorado became one of the first states to adopt evidence-based medicine treatment protocols.  In addition, “Dr. Mueller continues her work by assisting other states in understanding the implementation and management of treatment guidelines.  Her work helps support high quality medical care for injured workers across North America.”

 

“We know Kathryn as an invaluable, important contributor to the success of our program,” says Paul Tauriello, Director of the Colorado Division of Workers’ Compensation, “so it is especially gratifying to see that she is being recognized with such a prestigious award.”

 

“I am honored to join the distinguished group of previous award winners and to be recognized by my peers,” Dr. Mueller says. “I am proud of my long-standing involvement in the workers’ compensation system and plan to continue to contribute to the health of Colorado’s workers.  I am delighted to receive this award, however it truly belongs to everybody who has helped build a system in which Colorado can take a lot of pride.”

 

About the Award

The Frances Perkins Award is given to an individual, usually in government, who best exemplifies the traits of the award’s namesake.  Perkins’ groundbreaking work led to the establishment of the nation’s first minimum wage, overtime and child labor laws.  In 1912, she had been among the onlookers who watched in horror as garment workers leapt to their deaths in the Triangle Shirt Waist Fire in New York City.  The tragedy was a pivotal moment in her life and pushed her to reduce workplace accidents as U.S. Labor Secretary.

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