CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - Southeast Missouri State University held a news conference at noon on Wednesday, August 14.
They announced a new partnership with SoutheastHEALTH for the University and Redhawks Athletics.
The hospital provide orthopedic and sports medicine services for the Redhawks NCAA Division I athletics program, intramural and club sports and performing arts students.
Under the new agreement, according to the University, the hospital will provide:
- Game day coverage for the athletic programs, including an emergency department physician to manage cardiac emergencies
- Six full-time certified athletic trainers on staff with one assigned to each athletic program
- One full-time certified athletic trainer assigned to work with the University’s performing arts and intramural and club sport participants
- Two physical therapists assigned to the Athletics Department, one physical therapist dedicated to the performing arts, and a concussion therapist to treat students with concussions
- Weekly on-campus clinic availability by both primary care and orthopedic physicians for student-athletes and performing arts students in the University’s athletic training facility
- Equipment, including portable x-ray and ultrasound machines to be placed in the athletic training facility
- Pre-participation student physicals, including EKG screenings
- Monthly on-campus drug testing for student-athletes
SoutheastHEALTH also agreed to make its DartFish video analysis program available for both lower extremity injury prevention and rehabilitation, as well as for research purposes for the University’s athletic training academic program.
In addition, the hospital also committed to providing three $1,000 SoutheastHEALTH Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Scholarships annually for Southeast students. The scholarships will be awarded to one student-athlete, one student from the Holland College of Arts and Media and one student in Southeast’s athletic training program.
“This is a wonderful opportunity for two organizations in this community to come together to provide value-added services for our University students, and we are honored to have SoutheastHEALTH on board with these efforts,” said Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University. "
This is the first time the University has partnered with a group for comprehensive medical services for its student-athletes and performers.
Previously, Advanced Orthopedic Specialists provided care for the University’s NCAA Division I athletes, but that did not include the University’s intramural, club sports and performing arts students.
The contract announced on Wednesday is for five years with the option to renew for two additional years.