BEND, Ore. - The Center Foundation and St. Charles Health System are working together to provide Sisters High School athletes with continued access to a certified athletic trainer and concussion management services.
By funding a certified athletic trainer, the two organizations are helping young athletes "have daily access to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sports-related injuries," said Dr. Tom Carlsen, president of TCF/The Center Foundation's board.
Sisters High School — where Certified Athletic Trainer John Barresse works in the training room and on the field during practices and games — is one of only 50 in the state receiving emergency care, injury assessment, concussion testing and injury prevention strategies from a certified athletic trainer.
"Helping fund this important program ensures young athletes are able to safely participate in sports," said Brenda Finkle, St. Charles' director of system communications and marketing, "and furthers our mission to improve the health of the communities we serve."
For more information, contact Carol Stiles at 541-480-4882.
About The Center Foundation
The Center Foundation, a community based non-profit, exists to benefit the health, wellness and education of Central Oregon youth by providing free pre-play sports physicals, certified athletic trainers in area high schools, concussion testing and management, brain and spinal cord injury prevention, free bike helmets and a scholarship program.
About St. Charles Health System
St. Charles Health System, Inc., headquartered in Bend, Ore., owns and operates the St. Charles medical centers in Bend and Redmond, as well as family care clinics in Bend, Prineville, Redmond and Sisters. The health system also leases and operates Pioneer Memorial Hospital in Prineville and provides management services for Mountain View Hospital in Madras. St. Charles is a private, not-for-profit Oregon corporation and is the largest employer in Central Oregon with more than 3,000 caregivers in Bend, Redmond and Prineville. In addition, there are more than 350 active medical staff members and nearly 200 visiting medical staff members who partner with St. Charles to provide a wide range of care and service to our communities.