FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, June 14, 2013
OVERLAND PARK REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER and PUMA FC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP
Healthcare collaboration will result in keeping soccer players healthy on the field and off.
Overland Park, KS –
Overland Park Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System—Kansas City’s largest healthcare provider and private-sector employer—and PUMA FC today announced a two-year partnership that brings a certified athletic training program and proactive concussion management to the well-known and growing soccer club.
As the “Official Healthcare Provider” for PUMA FC, Overland Park Regional Medical Center will also provide a comprehensive education program for the coaches and ImPact Testing, a computerized neurocognitive tool used to determine when an athlete can return to sports following a concussion. In addition, the hospital will provide access to board-certified sports medicine physicians for PUMA FC players and coaches. Overland Park Regional Medical Center, a healthcare leader in Johnson County, will leverage its years of expertise in providing concussion management and concussion prevention to help soccer players stay safe on the field.
Lori Boyajian-O’Neill, DO, FAOASM, along with her partner David D. Dyck, Jr., DO, is director of the Center for Concussion Management at Midwest Sports Medicine, part of Midwest Physicians, a network of experienced, multi-specialty physicians that is part of HCA Midwest Health System, located throughout the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. As team physician for the Missouri Mavericks hockey team, USA Volleyball’s US Women’s National Team and USA Boxing, Dr. Boyajian-O’Neill says the biggest misconception about concussions is that someone has to lose consciousness in order to be diagnosed.
“It’s actually rare for that to occur,” she says.
“We are very excited about this announcement, which is the first of its kind for regional competitive soccer clubs, as it puts health and safety first in competitive soccer,” says OPRMC Chief Executive Officer Damond Boatwright. “PUMA FC is a growing soccer club and their leadership for excellence on and off the field will help reinforce our vision of improving the health and wellness of our community. It’s another excellent partnership we have with the youth sports community, including our partnership with the Overland Park Soccer Complex.”
Dr. Boyajian-O’Neill and Dr. Dyck are part of a growing number of sports medicine physicians who advocate comprehensive concussion management that includes ImPact Testing. The concussion management program was launched in 2010 at OPRMC and the centerpiece of the program is baseline, or ImPact Testing.
ImPact Testing includes assessing attention span, working memory, sustained and selective attention time, response variability, non-verbal problem solving and reaction time. The concussion management program at OPRMC also partners with the Football/Cheerleading Club of Johnson County; more than 4,000 students in fifth to eighth grade have been baseline-tested since the program started two years ago.
“The safety of our players is paramount to our club and is a key value for PUMA FC,” says PUMA FC President Rob Million. “Our relationship with Overland Park Regional Medical Center will help strengthen the foundation we’ve worked hard to build. We’re excited about the partnership and feel that aligning ourselves with the top healthcare provider in our community only enhances the experience and value of being a member of our club.”
About Overland Park Regional Medical Center
Overland Park Regional Medical Center, part of HCA Midwest Health System, is a licensed 350-bed facility offering acute and outpatient medical care services, including a Regional Trauma Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center, The Women’s Center, a Level IIIB NICU, the Human Motion Institute, advanced diagnostic imaging, a Diabetes Center and many other services. Overland Park Regional Medical Center was named one of the nation’s top performing hospitals on key quality measures by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading accreditor of health care organizations. Overland Park Regional Medical Center has received the Get With the Guidelines Stroke-GOLD PLUS Performance Achievement
Award from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. The Breast Center of Overland Park Regional Medical Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which is administered by the American College of Surgeons. Accreditation by the NAPBC is only given to those centers that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous evaluation process and review of their performance. In addition, the HCA Midwest Neonatal Transport Team, serving Kansas City and outlying areas, is headquartered at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. In fall 2012 OPRMC broke ground on a historic $110 million expansion for a new patient tower, Emergency Department and Trauma Center. For more information on Overland Park Regional Medical Center, visit oprmc.com.
About HCA Midwest Health System
HCA Midwest Health System is the Kansas City area’s largest healthcare network, consisting of 10 hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services to meet the healthcare needs of the greater Kansas City area. HCA Midwest Health System is also the area’s largest private sector employer with more than 9,000 employees, the largest provider of charity and uncompensated care, and annually donates more than $1.2 million to local charities. Since April 2003, HCA Midwest Health System has invested more than $845 million to enhance and expand patient services and has paid more than $216 million in taxes to local communities. HCA Midwest Health System facilities serving the Kansas City area include Research Medical Center, Research Psychiatric Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Lee’s Summit Medical Center, Belton Regional Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Allen County Hospital and Cass Regional Medical Center. Midwest Physicians, which is part of HCA Midwest Health System, is a network of experienced, multi-specialty physicians located throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Midwest Physicians currently represents 341 physicians, including 142 primary care providers and 194 specialists with 79 physician practices providing care in 146 locations to serve the community. The physicians, licensed professionals and support staff who comprise the HCA Midwest Health System team are dedicated to improving healthcare in the Greater Kansas City and outlying areas. For more information visit hcamidwest.com.
About Puma FC
Puma FC is one of the top clubs playing in the Heartland Soccer league. With almost 50 teams, they are now considered by many to be one of the premier clubs in the Kansas City Metro Area. They have both girls and boys teams and with their unique friendship driven philosophy and high quality coaching continue to meet the needs of Premiere level players at all skill levels. For more information about Puma FC, please visit www.pumafc.org.
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OVERLAND PARK REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER and PUMA FC ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP Healthcare collaboration will result in keeping soccer players healthy on the field and off.
Damond Boatwright, Chief Executive Officer, Overland Park Regional Medical Center
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