|Updated: 10/19/2013 8:26 pm
||Published: 10/18/2013 3:03 pm
St. John and Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates partnered with Broken Arrow Public Schools and Owasso Public Schools to provide sports medicine services to both schools’ high school athletics programs.
St. John and Tulsa Bone & Joint will offer athletic trainer services and on-site physician coverage at sporting events. Additionally, a student trainer program will be developed for each school system that incorporates supervision from a Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates orthopedic surgeon with sports medicine expertise.
“We are pleased to be able to provide the Broken Arrow and Owasso athletic programs with both the resources of the St. John Health System and the expertise of northeastern Oklahoma’s leading orthopedic group, Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates,” said David Phillips, St. John Owasso and St. John Broken Arrow chief executive officer. “As the community hospital in both cities, partnering with these two programs makes perfect sense.”
“We are excited to be a part of this strong partnership, as it enables Tulsa Bone & Joint and St. John to provide a synergy that will elevate the level of care available to the athletes as well as the citizens within these communities,” said Keith Stanley, MD, Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates.
By joining together to provide services, St. John and Tulsa Bone & Joint are able to provide a full suite of health and wellness services, including an interactive health education event for both school districts, discounted health club memberships at Tulsa Bone & Joint’s Platinum Fitness Center and preventive instruction for concussion management and AED/CPR training.
The comprehensive sports medicine program is further enhanced by convenient access to St. John medical facilities in Owasso and Broken Arrow. Both hospitals are well-situated less than three miles from both high schools and are equipped with emergency departments to stabilize, examine, and provide treatment for athletic injuries, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. St. John emergency room physicians will coordinate the care of athletes with Tulsa Bone & Joint Associates and other necessary physician specialists.
“The Broken Arrow Athletic Department is very excited to be partnering with St. John Broken Arrow and Tulsa Bone & Joint to enhance and support the district’s athletic training program,” said Chuck Perry, Broken Arrow Public Schools Student Services assistant superintendent. “Student athletes will receive the most comprehensive and dedicated services that will keep them safe and properly rehabilitated with this partnership. In addition, our student athletic trainers will benefit tremendously from the expertise and guidance that St. John will offer.”
“Owasso Public Schools is very excited to join this dynamic partnership with St. John and Tulsa Bone & Joint,” said Zach Duffield, Owasso High School athletic director. “Our student athletes and their families will have first-class care through this partnership.”