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Wayne State Athletics Announces Partnership with Providence Medical Center and Faith Regional for Athletic Training Services

September 06, 2012

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            Wayne State College and the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics have formed a joint partnership with Providence Medical Center (Wayne, NE), Faith Regional Health Services (Norfolk, NE) and Dr. Russell DeGroote of ProSports MD to provide their student athletes with comprehensive sports medicine and orthopedic services for the 2012-13 athletic season.

            This partnership will provide the Wayne State College Athletics game coverage during all home football contests, Athletic Training staff oversight, an on-campus orthopedic clinic for student athlete injury evaluation and monitoring, as well as a combination of state of the art medical facilities and surgical treatment within Wayne and Norfolk.

            “Faith Regional is tremendously excited about the partnership between Providence Medical Center, Wayne State College and Faith Regional Health Services to provide comprehensive, high-quality sports medicine services to the WSC student athletes, as well as all athletes in the region," stated Jim Sinek, President and CEO of Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk.  "This is another example of how Faith Regional and Providence are partnering to enhance the health services available in Northeast Nebraska. Dr. Russell DeGroote, a full time orthopedic surgeon at Faith Regional, will provide superb medical direction for the sports medicine program at WSC and, should medical care be required, will coordinate the continuum of care through Providence or Faith Regional.”

            Providence Medical Center is a successful, quality healthcare facility today because of its providers, employees and volunteers.   "We are all part of a team, and as a team we stand ready to meet the health and wellness needs of the residents of northeast Nebraska," says Administrator Thomas J. Lee, FACHE.  "We at PMC are committed to quality healthcare and look forward to working with WSC, Faith Regional and Dr. DeGroote in providing quality care for our local athletes as well," he said. 

            “To be able to get such comprehensive medical care for our student athletes right in our backyard will be a huge asset for our Athletic Department.  In college athletics injuries do happen, and to know we will have the expertise, facilities and convenience to properly treat those injuries and take care of our student athletes is an incredible peace of mind,” says Wayne State College Athletic Director, Mike Powicki.

            Russell DeGroote MD FRCS(C) is a board certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He has an extensive background in sports medicine. He was a collegiate athlete in hockey and rugby and is currently an orthopedic consultant for the NHL's Calgary Flames and St. Louis Blues Alumni.  He has been a team physician for international events. He has a special interest in the knee and shoulder and the aging athlete.

            Providence Medical Center (PMC) has been serving the people of northeast Nebraska for thirty-seven years.  Located in Wayne, PMC is a Critical Access 25-bed, non-profit hospital that employs 195 individuals from throughout the hospital's service area and provides state of the art, quality healthcare to more than 15,000 area-wide residents.  PMC offers acute, skilled/swing-bed care, and 24-hour emergency coverage.  Patients and their families find a smart, dedicated, caring workforce that is equipped with some of the latest technology available such as x-ray, in-house MRI, CT scan and it's all 'close to home'.

            Faith Regional Health Services in Norfolk is a 227-bed acute care hospital that specializes in cardiovascular, orthopedic and cancer care. Its highly trained local and regional staff is supported by state of the art medical facilities when diagnostics, such as x-ray or MRI, or surgical treatment of an injury is needed.  Affiliates include Faith Regional Physician Services, Faith Regional Surgery Center, Saint Joseph's Rehabilitation and Care Center, Skyview Villa Assisted Living, Niobrara Community Hospital, Tilden Community Hospital and West Holt Medical Services.


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