St. Luke’s University Health Network is bringing its sports medicine experience and expertise to the student-athletes of Montgomery County Community College (MCCC). As the College’s official sports medicine provider, St. Luke's provides MCCC athletics with the most comprehensive, technically advanced and responsive care and training available.
“St. Luke’s is proud to offer its comprehensive sports medicine program to MCCC,” says Jim Reidy, Program Manager – East/NJ Region, Program Director – Athletic Training Residency for St. Luke's Sports Medicine.
“St. Luke’s is providing MCCC a full-time athletic trainer and physician services. Outside of coverage for athletic teams, St. Luke’s is partnering with MCCC to provide educational opportunities with the College, not only to improve the health and wellness of the athletes, but also the community as a whole.”
Kelly Dunbar, MCCC’s Director of Athletics & Campus Recreation, says she contacted St. Luke’s to inquire about partnership opportunities.
“We’re pleased to partner with St. Luke’s to not only enhance the care for our athletes on the field and in the gym, but also to provide preventive services to help avoid injuries,” Dunbar says. “Additionally, this collaboration will extend into the classrooms to benefit our Health Science students.”
As part of the agreement, St. Luke’s Athletic Trainer Joshua Walters oversees all seven varsity sports at the College’s Central Campus in Blue Bell, PA. Walters is on campus daily and his duties include covering all intercollegiate athletic practices and games, and the prevention, examination, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of emergent, acute or chronic injuries and medical conditions.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity, and the partnership between St. Luke’s, MCCC and the community at large,” Walters says. “I think the program has so many opportunities because of this partnership and I’m thankful I was asked to be a part of it.”
Additionally, St. Luke’s will provide formal education opportunities in the areas of sports first aid, and CPR, AED, and stop-the-bleed training.
“The athletic trainer will also serve as a preceptor for MCCC students enrolled in Health Science programs at the College,” Dunbar says. “This will be the first time MCCC has an opportunity for health care observation of this type on campus. Having Joshua on campus full-time also allows us to integrate his expertise across different Health Science programs.”
Brian Gloyeske, St. Luke’s Lead Athletic Trainer, Sports Medicine Relationships, notes that Scott Doroshow, D.O. (orthopedics) and Nicholas Crognale, D.O (primary care sports medicine) will serve as MCCC team physicians.
“Their expertise in orthopedics and sports medicine provides an avenue for excellent care for the student-athletes at MCCC,” Gloyeske says. “We understand the important role that National Junior College Athletic Association [NJCAA] athletics play in the lives of many young student-athletes. It is important to continue to seek programs like MCCC, where we can fulfill our mission of providing high-quality care to student-athletes.”
Reidy points out that St. Luke’s has had success with providing its comprehensive sports medicine model to other institutions within Region XIX of the NJCAA.
“The focus of St. Luke’s mission on community health makes an institution like MCCC an optimal partner,” Reidy says. “In addition to providing the College with outstanding sports medicine services, we look at other ways to improve the health of the College and surrounding community while partnering on educational initiatives.”
St. Luke’s is the largest provider of sports medicine services in the region, offering athletic training, orthopedics, rehab and concussion management, as well as sports performance training for individual athletes and teams. It currently works with more than 45 high schools, colleges and universities, and more than 100 youth programs.
“The Sports Medicine department at St. Luke’s is recognized as a national model for our comprehensive approach to enhancing performance and managing injury in the active population.” Reidy says.
“We pride ourselves on developing quality athletic trainers who are up to date on the latest techniques and have a passion to continually improve the quality of care they provide as medical professionals. Our services focus on expanding beyond traditional athletic training practice to collaborate with our partners on strategic initiatives to improve overall health and wellness of the surrounding communities.”
For more information about St. Luke’s Sports Medicine, visit www.slhn.org/orthopedics/Conditions-and-Services/Sports-Medicine.
For more information about Montgomery County Community College and its Athletics Program, visit www.mc3.edu.