Blain Claypool, President of Acute Care for St. Vincent’s HealthCare, presented Clay High’s coaches and players with the Clay Cup for their performance in 2015. Accompanied by Tom VanOsdol, Chief Operating Officer for Clinically Integrated Systems of Care, Claypool expressed his thankfulness to the team.
“It is truly an honor to watch you committing to yourself, your schools and your sport,” Claypool told the team. “Thank you on behalf of St. Vincent’s for being our Clay County champion. I appreciate you.”
To win the Clay Cup, Clay High had to win more games than anyone else in the county. Athletic Director Jay Stilianou was thrilled.
“We’re pretty fortunate to have people like St. Vincent’s to support us,” he told the team. “St. Vincent’s has been great, not just for Clay High, but for Clay County.”
Also present at the presentation were Clay High principal Cary Dicks and Mike Wingate, Director of K-12 Academic Support Services for the Clay County School District.
“You guys have a great reputation,” Wingate told the team. “You got so many good people behind you.”
“This cup is yours to keep for the year,” Claypool said. “We’ll ask for it back in August, but it doesn’t mean you can’t win it again.”
The Clay High flag will also fly outside of St. Vincent’s Clay County until the 2016 high school football season begins.
The expansion of St. Vincent’s Clay County celebrated a milestone last Friday with a “topping out” ceremony. A “topping out” is when the highest structural feature is placed on a building, typically in ceremonial fashion.
“You’ve already changed lives in this community and with this project, you continue to,” said Blain Claypool, President of Acute Care for St. Vincent’s HealthCare, addressing construction workers at the work site. “I really want to thank you all for all of your hard work and for your commitment.”
The $33.1 million expansion project broke ground on May 22nd, 2015 and is expected to be complete in late summer 2016. Its opening will mean a doubling in size for St. Vincent’s Clay County, which will add 30 inpatient beds, 13 treatment rooms in the Emergency Department, a shell to add 30 more beds in the future and the addition of maternity and women’s services.
“With this new building, you are helping start new families,” Claypool told workers. “You’re providing service and the ability for our ministry to continue our outreach to serve those who are struggling today.”
St. Vincent’s will begin hiring in late spring 2016 to fill more than 100 new positions in a variety of fields, both clinical and non-clinical.
Here are some photos from Friday’s ceremony and a hard hat tour afterward.
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.”