Mercy Health - Cincinnati Renews Student Athlete Health and Wellness Partnership with Cincinnati Country Day School

Mercy Health has a long history of partnering with the communities it serves to help residents be well. In this spirit, Mercy Health and Cincinnati Country Day School announce that they have renewed their successful partnership to promote the health and wellness of the school's student athletes.

"The leaders, teachers and staff of Cincinnati Country Day School pride themselves on providing students with a rigorous and innovative curriculum that includes a competitive athletic program," said Thomas Urban, Mercy Health North Market President and CEO. "Mercy Health is proud to continue its relationship with Cincinnati Country Day and provide student athletes with the best quality care."

"Mercy Health shares our values of compassion and excellence and provides our scholar-athletes with a holistic approach to sports medicine including prevention and care. Rachel Weitzel, our athletic trainer, and orthopaedic and sports medicine specialist Ron Hess, DO, parent of Noah '18, Hannah '19, and Samantha '23, will keep Country Day athletes in great shape," said Athletic Director Chris Milmoe.

Under this partnership agreement, Mercy Health provides a certified athletic trainer to serve as the primary athletic trainer for Cincinnati Country Day School and a team physician who is associated with the school. The athletic trainer will work under the advice and counsel of the team physician.

The athletic trainer provides a comprehensive array of services to promote and ensure the safety of Cincinnati Country Day 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. The partnership gives Cincinnati Country Day School athletes preferred access to treatment, diagnostic equipment such as x-rays or CAT scans and physical therapy options.