THE BLANKENSHIP CENTER
THE BLANKENSHIP CENTER specializes in the evaluation of job-related injuries, the assessment of personal
Injuries and the analysis of high-risk industrial jobs.
Blankenship, P.T., CBFE, CEAS
Director of Clinical Operations
THE BLANKENSHIP CENTER OWNERS
Keith Blankenship was born in Cincinnati, OH, he attended Wellston High School, Wellston, OH, he attended Marshall
University, Huntington, WV, he earned his B.S. in Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond,
VA, he was a Lieutenant and Physical Therapist in the U.S Public Health Service in New York City, he became the Director
of Physical Therapy at The Kings' Daughters Hospital, Ashland, KY in 1981 and he was a Clinical Instructor for
the University of Kentucky from 1976-1983 and for West Virginia University from 1979-1983. He Co-Authored
the American Back School, a popular Back Injury Prevention program that was cited by the Wall Street Journal for
its injury and cost savings for the CSX Corporation. Keith then became the Director of one of the nation's first Work
Hardening and Functional Capacity Evaluation Centers, The American Back to Work Center in Macon, GA in 1983, and it was there
that he began developing his unique style of evaluating industrial injuries. And it was from this innovative work that he began what
would become one of the world's most popular seminar series on Work Hardening Programs and Functional Capacity Evaluations, which he
sponsored and taught to over 16,000 health care professionals from 1984-2014.
Lisa Blankenship was born in Macon, GA, she attended Tennessee Temple University
and Macon State College majoring in Psychology
and Business. Lisa began her Workers' Compensation career in 1983 at The American Back to Work Center, Macon, GA, and
it was here
that she began learning the nuances of the Job-Related Injuries and Workers' Compensation Claims. Lisa went on to earn her Certified
Workers' Compensation Professional (CWCP) qualifications, she was in the first group of professionals to become certified
as a Medical Provider Workers' Compensation Professional (MPWCP), and she also earned her license as a Georgia Workers'
Compensation Insurance Adjuster.
Keith has compiled an impressive list of firsts in the Industrial Rehabilitation field, including the first Physical Therapist
to sponsor and teach on Industrial Rehabilitation Programs in Live Seminars around the world, the first to present
a Full Day Symposium on Industrial Rehabilitation at the 1986 APTA Conference, the first to present a One Day Symposium on Industrial
Rehabilitation to the American Back Society in 1987, the first to teach live FCE Seminars entirely on Notebook Computers,
the first to produce an FCE Home Study Program so professionals could become Certified FCE Evaluators without having
to leave their practices to take a lengthy seminar, the first to develop and teach Physical Therapists, Physicians, Chiropractors
and Occupational Therapists how to objectively evaluate Functional Deficits with Computerized Equipment and Software and
the first to teach those same professionals how to identify, evaluate, document and report on Conscious Malingering
in Workers' Compensation when most professionals didn't believe that malingering even existed.
Keith authored, produced and marketed 12 Software Programs and he invented a wide array of Industrial Rehabilitation
Equipment including a Computerized Hand-Held Dynametric Muscle Testing System, MYOTEST, and he was awarded a
for the world's only Untethered, Real-World, Computerized Isoinertial Lifting System, AcuLift, which was able to identify
the three main components of Lifting, Pain, Effort and Biomechanical and Muscular Overload. Keith sponsored
and taught post-graduate seminars on
a variety of Industrial Rehabilitation topics, including FCE's, Work Hardening,
Back School, Pre-Placement Screening, Malingering in
Low Back Pain, Upper Extremity Repetitive Stress Disorders,
the AMA Impairment Rating Evaluation process and Industrial Ergonomics.
Keith also innovated a cutting-edge FCE called
the BLANKENSHIP WorkEvalTM and he continues to be a leader
in the field of FCE's and Impairment Rating Evaluations.
Lisa S. Blankenship, CWCP, MPWCP
Director of Business Operations
THE BLANKENSHIP CENTER
EVALUATING MEDICAL IMPAIRMENT AND WORK ABILITY
The Blankenship Center is an Independent Evaluation Center that is Not Affiliated with Any Physician Group, Insurance Company, Medical
Physical Therapy Practice, Rehabilitation Company, FCE Company, Medical Case Management Company, Attorney Group or Investment
The Blankenship Center is Not Affiliated with any FCE Companies, such as, Key Functional Assessment, Matheson, WorkWell,
Medical Group or JTECH Medical. The Blankenship WorkEvalTM was Developed by Keith Blankenship and is Owned Exclusively
by FCE/PPD Center, Inc.
TYPES OF FUNCTIONAL CAPACITY EVALUATIONS
The Standard Total Body FCE
The Job-Specific FCE
The Full-Day FCE and The Two-Day FCE
The Job-Site FCE
The Upper Extremity FCE
The Video FCE
The Standard Total Body FCE was the original FCE developed by Mr. Blankenship in 1983. It
is an evaluation of an injured worker's
ability to work over a wide range of physical activities, including, Sitting, Standing, Walking, Reaching Forward, Reaching Overhead,
Arm and Leg
Control Ability, Hand Testing for Strength and Fine and Gross Motor Ability, Bending, Kneeling, Squatting, Crawling,
Stair Climbing, Vertical Ladder Climbing, Balancing, Floor Lifting, Shoulder Lifting, Overhead Lifting, Two Arm Carrying, One Arm
Carrying, Dynamic Pushing and Pulling and Static Strength ability. The Standard Total Body FCE usually lasts up to 2 hours.
The Job-Specific FCE is a targeted FCE whose primary purpose is to determine whether or not the injured worker is physically
capable of performing the Critical Demands of their original job. The specific Job Weights and Forces are provided by a Job Description,
by the Employer,
by the Worker or actually measured by Mr. Blankenship, and then
Job-Specific tests are conducted to see if
the injured worker can
exert the job forces and handle the weights that the job requires.
The Job-Site FCE is the best way to determine what an injured worker can do following
a job-related injury. The Job-Site FCE is
so named because this FCE is actually performed at Job-Site. And since the FCE is performed at the Job-Site, the worker
can work with the actual materials they work with every day, so there's no guess-work about the material handling weights
and forces or the postures in which the worker is working. And the worker
is tested where their friends and co-workers are
working and this real-world-environment appears to encourage the injured worker to feel more comfortable while being evaluated.
The Upper Extremity FCE specializes in determining whether
or not a worker can return to jobs where Repetitive Upper Extremity
work is performed throughout the day. Most of the time these types of jobs do not require the worker to Lift or Carry heavy weights,
but they reqiuire continuous and often
very high frequency Hand and Arm work, and this is best evaluated by The Upper
The Video FCE was designed to provide more objective test results to determine whether or not the injured worker is cooperating
with the FCE process to demonstrate their actual ability to work. The entire FCE is recorded by video and then a Short Video Program
is produced that provides Physicians, Employers, Attorneys, Nurse Case Managers and Administrative Law Judges compelling
evidence of whether or not the injured worker is cooperating with the FCE process.
The Full-Day and Two-Day FCE's were designed to expose the injured worker to longer durations of testing and work-simulations
to make sure that they are really capable of returning to a full day of work. This FCE is not requested often because it is more
costly for the Insurer and Employer, but for the right situation, it is a great way to make sure the injured worker can endure
the constant stresses of full-time work.
We provide Physicians, Employers, Case Managers, Insurers and Attorneys with objective information regarding an injured
worker's ability to work using an evaluation called a Functional Capacity Evaluation, or an FCE. Our unique FCE
called the WORKEVALTM and it helps Physicians, Case Managers and Employers determine what work limitations are appropriate
for the injured worker.
We also provide Physicians with the objective data they need to determine the injured worker's Permanent and Partial
Disability, or PPD. The name for
this evaluation, which was developed and published by the American Medical
Association, is a Permanent Impairment Evaluation. This evaluation process determines the percent of Permanent, Partial
Impairment and that percentage
is used to help Patients, Employers, Insurers and Attorneys negotiate the settlement of the Workers'
Lisa developed the Business Operations for The American Back to Work Center and
she is now the COO, CFO and Director
of Business Operations of the The Blankenship FCE/PPD Center. Lisa can be contacted for scheduling patients for FCE's and Impairment
Rating Evaluations or for any questions regarding a patient by Phone at 478-475-9393,