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UCPS forms 7-year partnership with Presbyterian Healthcare

Presbyterian Healthcare and Union County Public Schools officials sign an agreement that forms a seven-year partnership. Pictured from left (seated), are Dr. Eric Warren, Presbyterian Hospital Matthews President Roland Bibeau, Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis, Board of Education Chairman Dean Arp. Standing, from left, are Piedmont High School senior and Moorehead recipient Megan Thomas, Piedmont High School principal Jonathan Bowers, Presbyterian’s Director of Operations Regina Hartung, UCPS Athletic Director Doug Jones, Associate Superintendent Dr. Mike Webb, Deputy Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis and UCPS General Counsel Michele Morris. Click here for video...

Presbyterian Healthcare and Union County Public Schools officials have formed a seven-year partnership that offers a $4 million value to the school system. The partnership will provide advanced sports medicine care to the school system’s high school student athletes.

Superintendent Dr. Ed Davis and Presbyterian Hospital Matthews President Roland Bibeau signed a formal agreement Tuesday, (April 27, 2010) which begins the seven-year partnership.

“We appreciate, on behalf of Presbyterian Healthcare, the opportunity to be part of what we think is the greatest school system in this region,” said Roland Bibeau, president of Presbyterian Hospital Matthews. “This partnership will enhance the safety and well-being of every high school student-athlete competing for Union County Public Schools.”

“The quality of trainers that we are going to have now will be second to none and I think this is going to be a model that many around the state will look at,” Davis said. “I want to thank my staff, as well as Presbyterian Healthcare for their vision, and particularly Roland and his staff for making this possible.”
The new program will kick off this spring with the placement of a certified athletic trainer at Piedmont High School. Three additional trainers will be hired at the beginning of each football season over the next three school years, meaning that Presbyterian Healthcare will have 10 certified athletic trainers in Union County schools by fall 2012.
Trainers will be able to offer various treatments onsite throughout the school week, providing a major upgrade over services that are currently available. Student-athletes will also have convenient access to physicians, physical therapists and advanced imaging services.
The partnership includes trainers' services during the school week, game-day medical coverage, training for first responders, creation of emergency preparedness plans, sports injury seminars and clinics, as well as nutrition education and overall wellness programs.
Dr. Eric Warren will be in charge of the program. “I’m excited for the students because it raises the level of care and gives them access to all that Presbyterian Healthcare has to offer,” he said.


Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Apr 28, 2010 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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