Mercy Health - Cincinnati Forms Partnership with Deer Park Schools to Promote Health and Wellness of Student Athletes

CINCINNATI; September 23, 2015) - Mercy Health has a long history of partnering with the communities it serves to help residents be well. In this spirit, Mercy Health and Deer Park Schools announce that they have formed a partnership to promote the health and wellness of the school’s student athletes.

“The leaders, teachers and staff of Deer Park Schools pride themselves on partnering with students to achieve excellence together,” said Pat Davis-Hagens, Mercy Health Central Market CEO and President of The Jewish Hospital – Mercy Health. “Mercy Health is proud to join the Deer Park team to provide student athletes with the best quality care.”
"Deer Park Schools is excited to partner with Mercy Health and The Jewish Hospital to provide the best medical care for our student athletes. The agreement to partner these two great institutions, who share the same community, makes sense for everyone," said Jim Stoll, Business Operations Specialist for Deer Park Community City School District.
Under this partnership agreement, Mercy Health will provide a certified athletic trainer to serve as the primary athletic trainer for Deer Park Schools and a team physician who will be associated with the school. The athletic trainer will work under the advice and counsel of the team physician.

The athletic trainer will provide a comprehensive array of services to promote and ensure the safety of Deer Park School's student athletes, including:
• Managing and overseeing the athletic training room
• Advising the school on the supplies and training equipment needed for the athletic training program
• Assisting faculty and athletic coaching staff in the design and implementation of a student athletic training program and continuing education program and other related health and wellness programs as needed by the school, including providing speakers to address relevant topics for career days, etc.
• Providing strength, conditioning and flexibility training suggestions and programs to the coaching staff through the advice of a certified strength and conditioning specialist and with the consent of the Team Physician
• Monitoring athletic injuries and developing injury prevention training and programs with the advice and consent of the Team Physician
• Coordinating and providing injury follow-up and evaluation with the physicians of Mercy Health
• Providing and arranging all coverage for a wide array of sports, including soccer, volleyball and basketball games, tournaments, events and practices, throughout the school year
• Providing all pre-season sports physicals
• Providing priority appointments for injured athletes
• Providing Saturday walk-in clinics through the Fall sports season
• Providing Sportsmetrics(tm), an ACL injury prevention program

In addition, the physician will provide direct orthopaedic care for athletic injuries and injury prevention training for the athletes.