St. Vincent’s Clay County Creates Partnership to Provide Athletic Trainers, Medical Supplies & Health Education to Schools

St. Vincent’s Clay County, a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit healthcare system, has created a partnership with the Clay County School Board, Preferred Physical Therapy and Southeast Orthopedic Specialists to provide a new comprehensive sports medicine program to the county’s public middle and high schools. The goal of the program is to prevent injuries. It will provide:

  • A certified athletic trainer in each high school and one certified athletic trainer for every two middle schools
  • Educational sessions for school officials and students on sports-related topics
  • $1,000 in medical supplies for each middle and high school

“More than half of all sports injuries in children are preventable. St. Vincent’s is investing nearly a quarter-million dollars into this program to protect these local middle and high school student athletes and arm them with knowledge,” said St. Vincent’s HealthCare President of Acute Care, Blain Claypool. “Ultimately, we think our comprehensive collaboration will become a model for other communities.”

Athletic trainers, provided by Preferred Physical Therapy, will tailor their schedules to the specific needs of the schools they work with. Southeast Orthopedic Specialists will provide medical direction for the program. St. Vincent’s Clay County will provide its clinical expertise for educational sessions and will also provide the medical supplies. Additionally, St. Vincent’s Ambulance Service is providing ambulances during football games at middle schools in Clay County.

“We are dedicated to providing students with learning opportunities beyond the school walls,” said Clay County Superintendent of Schools, Charlie Van Zant, Jr. “We are thankful to St. Vincent’s HealthCare for creating this partnership that is designed to make our student athletes safer, more educated and more prepared for their bright futures, inside or outside of organized sports.”

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St. Vincent’s Clay County Gets Donation From Penney Farms

Representatives from an organization under Penney Retirement Community Inc. recently presented at $10,000 check to St. Vincent’s Clay County. The gift is part of a larger commitment of $25,000.

Read more about the donation and commitment by the Penney Retirement Community in today’s issue of Clay Today. 

Associates Experience Simulation Training

Associates at St. Vincent’s Clay County recently had the chance to work with lifelike mannequins in the simulation nursing lab at St. Johns River State College. It’s part of a collaboration between the school and the hospital. Teams practiced different cardiac arrest scenarios to examine and improve their responses in situations that were realistic, but not life-threatening.

The experience was documented in a Clay Today article. Here are some photos from the training:

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