If you’ve been to a home game at the Bear Den recently, you may have noticed a bright green tent on the sidelines bearing the name “Burke Health.”
The hospital partnered with Burke County High School over the summer – a partnership consisting of a full-time athletic trainer providing services to the various teams in their athletic program.
In efforts to keep the same trainer the athletic program and kids had grown familiar with, Burke Health reached out and began negotiations to employ Mr. Howard and keep him here in Burke County for Bear Nation.
The Bears were featured in Burke Health’s commercial for their “Game Night Live” sponsorship on WJBF. The commercial highlighted the full circle care they can now provide by adding new services. Quality healthcare is right here in Waynesboro, from the field to diagnosis, treatment, and recovery.
“Having a trainer to work with local athletes daily enhances the athletic program and ensures the students’ needs are being addressed as injury or discomfort of their musculoskeletal system present themselves,” said Burke Health COO Rob Snipes. “We are proud of this partnership with Burke County High School and the convenient access to medical care it provides local athletes and their families. Diagnosing and treating an injury in the early stages is essential to recovery. ”
During the game on Friday, several injuries were addressed immediately by the on-staff athletic trainer and given appointments to an orthopedic specialist at Burke Orthopedics without delay on Monday.
The hospital hopes to expand the program in the coming years by providing similar services to other schools across the CSRA.