As a service to the community, Dearborn County Hospital Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine and Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine provide athletic training and medical director services without charge to South Dearborn High School.
Through the efforts of DCH and Beacon, in addition to the generosity of the Dearborn Community Foundation, South Dearborn High School has additional equipment on site to assist an athlete during a medical emergency.
The Dearborn Community Foundation granted more than $21,000 for the purchase of a John Deere utility terrain vehicle, an automated external defibrillator (AED) and related equipment for use at South Dearborn High School sporting events. Nobbe Mower Shop, Inc., of Batesville, provided the John Deere at a reduced cost and customized it to accommodate athletic medical emergencies.
“The benefit of using the utility terrain vehicle is that it can be taken directly onto the field. Since it is equipped with the AED and other emergency supplies, the athletic trainer has rapid access to the equipment she needs to treat the injured athlete,” explained Ed Brush, MSPT/ATC, DCH Director of Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine. “The UTV is also fitted with a stretcher to transport the player off the field if necessary. Also, because of its small size, it can reach places inaccessible to a full size emergency vehicle. That means the athletic trainer and the necessary equipment can reach the injured player much more quickly.”
During halftime of the South Dearborn High School/Lawrenceburg High School football game at SDHS on October 14, those associated with the project were recognized including David Argo, M.D., Orthopaedic Surgeon, Beacon Orthopaedics; Amanda Harper, Community Outreach Coordinator, Beacon Orthopaedics; Jennifer Semones, ATC, DCH Athletic Trainer; Brad Stoneking, Principal, South Dearborn High School; Ryan Walston, Athletic Director, South Dearborn High School; and Mr. Brush.
“DCH Physical Therapy is proud to provide athletic training services, under the medical direction of Beacon Orthopaedics physicians, for the South Dearborn Community School Corporation. We are thankful for the generosity of the Dearborn Community Foundation in making this equipment available for the South Dearborn student athletes,” Mr. Brush concluded.