Mercy Health - Cincinnati announces that it has signed an agreement with Princeton City Schools to promote health education with students and provide health and wellness services to the school’s student-athletes.

“Princeton City School's mission is to empower each student for college, career and life success,” said Tom Burton, superintendent of Princeton. “Mercy Health will help us achieve those aims by providing our student-athletes with a wide array of innovative health and wellness services and by providing our entire student body with access to a robust health education program.”

Mercy Health will provide three certified athletic trainers to serve as primary athletic trainers for high school and middle school athletes. Athletic trainers will work under the advice and counsel of the team physician, Marc Galloway, who is a Mercy Health physician, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist.

“It shouldn’t come as a surprise that healthy students do better in school and on the playing field, and Mercy Health is proud to partner with Princeton City Schools to help its student-athletes be well,” said Pat Davis-Hagens, president of The Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health. “We are also pleased to be able to help educate the next generation of health professionals by offering educational opportunities for students, including career shadowing and internships.”

The athletic trainers will provide a comprehensive array of services to promote and ensure the safety of the school's student-athletes, including injury prevention services, training room and program oversight, Saturday walk-in clinics through the fall sports season and after hours care year-round. Additionally, Dr. Galloway will provide direct orthopaedic care for athletic injuries and injury prevention training for the athletes. The partnership also gives Princeton High School athletes preferred access to treatment, diagnostic equipment such as x-rays or CAT scans and physical therapy options.

“Community and business partnerships like this are incredibly influential to the experience we are able to provide to our students,” continued Burton. “Through relationships such as this one, we are able to ensure that our students have the support they need to pursue their passions and the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about the opportunities available to them.”

Mercy Health is the source for the most comprehensive sports medicine care in Cincinnati, with an easily accessible network of healthcare professionals providing the most modern care available for athletes of all levels; athletic trainer coverage for over 40 local high schools and colleges, multiple club sports and performing arts organizations, including FC Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Red Hawks and the Cincinnati Ballet; outpatient rehabilitation with special attention to restoring function; injury prevention training; performance training and an ongoing commitment to education and research. Its high school partners benefit from the most robust school partnership in the region.