LINCOLN-Carolinas Medical Center-Lincoln has announced a partnership with East Lincoln High School (ELHS) to provide ongoing health and wellness initiatives for students, teachers and staff members.
The new collaboration will include wellness programs for students and faculty, and will provide the school with a full-time certified athletic trainer, Patrick Sheehan, who will offer to the athletic department professional guidance on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sports-related conditions and injuries.
The partnership also includes academic support, as was demonstrated at ELHS’s “Welcome Back” luncheon held for teachers and staff on August 21, when a donation to the school’s technology fund was presented to Principal Tim Woody by Pete Acker, CMC-Lincoln president. These funds are intended for the school to use to acquire upgraded computer software and related teacher equipment to enhance learning.
“By partnering with CMC-Lincoln, we hope to emphasize our commitment to maintaining and improving the overall wellnesss of students and faculty,” said Tim Woody, principal at ELHS. “We are increasing accessibility to a variety of health and academic support services and have high hopes for the future of this relationship.”
CMC-Lincoln plans to provide ELHS with the school’s first digital marquee sign, which will be located just past one of the main entrances to the school. The sign is expected to be completed within the next three months and demonstrates the joint relationship between the hospital and the school to share announcements and information with the community.
“We are pleased to announce this collaboration, and pledge not only to meet, but to exceed their expectations as an official healthcare provider for the East Lincoln Mustangs,” Acker said. “It is our priority to benefit the community as a wellness partner and to address the growing needs of students, teachers and staff members. We look forward to watching this relationship develop in the years ahead.”
CMC-Lincoln’s relationship with Lincoln County was demonstrated in July at Heart of a Champion Day, an annual CHS-sponsored event that provides free comprehensive health screenings to high school athletes from various counties in North and South Carolina. As a result of the screenings administered to 47 students at ELHS, there was one case that required additional medical care prior to being cleared to participate in high school athletics.
CMC-Lincoln’s continuing partnership with East Lincoln High School includes plans to offer health fairs and health screenings for teachers, along with featuring physician speakers at the school’s events. Additionally, physical examinations will be administered to students as needed.\
About Carolinas HealthCare System
Carolinas HealthCare System (carolinashealthcare.org), one of the nation’s leading and most innovative healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network of more than 650 care locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, healthcare pavilions, physician practices, destination centers, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home health agencies, nursing homes and hospice and palliative care. CHS works to improve and enhance the overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships and initiatives.