New Sports Medicine Connections Program

Premier Pulse     November 2018

Blake_HS_350x350By Gary Blake, vice president, service line integration, orthopedics and sports medicine

The Premier Health orthopedic/sports medicine service line has the largest school partnership program in the region. This program and several other similar programs utilize the expertise of our athletic trainers, sports medicine physicians, and orthopedic surgeons to provide comprehensive sports medicine care to our communities.

To further strengthen our partnerships and leverage the expertise of our providers, our service line has initiated the Sports Medicine Connections Program. The program is designed to improve the coordination of services provided to our school partnerships, YMCA/recreation centers, and sports performance services, and further invest in the health and safety of our local fire department/EMS partners. The program extends the Premier Health mission and meets the needs of the communities we serve.

School Partnerships – The Premier Health School Partnership consists of 38 schools and three universities. Athletic trainers cover each of the schools, and 34 physicians provide coverage during contact sports. The Sports Medicine Connections program will advance our relationships with schools by improving communication, visibility, and other service offerings that benefit the growth of the partnership in areas of both athletics and academics.

YMCA/Recreation Centers – Premier Health has relationships with several YMCAs in our markets, offering physical therapy and other clinical/wellness services. The Sports Medicine Connections Program will expand Premier Health’s presence and service offerings through a collaboration designed to meet the needs of members and the community surrounding the facilities.

Sports and Human Performance – The Sports and Human Performance Program provides customized programs for individuals desiring to become stronger in various areas of fitness. The service line is expanding the program through partnerships to meet growing demand for this service. The goal is to increase access and expand the services offered in various locations.

Fire/EMS – Working with our fire department/EMS partners has always been a priority for our service line. The Sports Medicine Connections Program will continue to look for opportunities to provide services that meet the needs of these important providers. 

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