OSF HealthCare in Ottawa and Streator recently teamed up with schools in both communities to provide sports physicals and baseline concussion testing.
More than 110 students from Ottawa Township and Streator Township high schools participated in the clinic.
“We are excited to partner with OSF on this venture”, says Matt Seaton, Superintendent of Streator Township High School. “This opportunity provides a cost-effective and quick solution for all those high school students who need sports physicals.”
Don Damron, VP, Ambulatory Services at OSF Saint Elizabeth says, “Community partnerships are important to OSF’s success in getting people to support the health services that will allow them to remain viable and sustainable.”
A team consisting of OSF physicians and nurses, as well as school athletic trainers provided the physicals and testing. The $25 fee for the physicals was donated to each high school’s athletic department, with each set to receive a $1425 contribution from OSF.
As the wife of a varsity basketball coach, Cari Bedeker, Physician Office Manager, OSF Medical Group, Ottawa, is excited to see the collaboration. “OSF Medical Group in the I-80 Region is very committed to work with the local high schools and coaches to address their needs as well as the entire communities we serve”, she says.
Ottawa Township and Streator Township high school athletes who could not attend the clinic can still get a physical at an OSF facility. For an appointment call 815-673-4587 in Streator and 815-433-1010 in Ottawa.