Grinnell Regional Medical Center's rural clinics completed wellness sports physicals for students in the area. In 2012, GRMC distributed $3,120 to seven school districts. GRMC's three rural clinics include Deer Creek Family Care (Toledo), Lynnville Medical Clinic, and the Victor Health Center.
This program takes a portion of the fees paid for the physicals and donates them to the school of the student's choice. Donations were made to BGM school district, Green Mountain/Garwin school district, Grinnell Newburg schools, HLV school district, Lynnville-Sully school district, Marshalltown Community schools, and South Tama County school district.
The long-standing program supports community schools while serving an important role to ensure students are in good physical condition to participate in sports activities. The providers at the three GRMC clinics use these physicals to also engage students in conversations about their health, body image, and nutrition.
Grinnell Regional Medical Center’s clinic in Toledo, Deer Creek Family Care, donated $1,020 to the South Tama High School. Presenting the check were, from left) Jessie Collum, ARNP; Sherry Parks, PA-C; Tracey Bradley (all from Deer Creek Family Care); Bo Blocker, Adrian Castanon, Natasha Musgrave, Peyton Craun, Taylor Ellenbecker and Jim Plantz (STC Athletic Director).
"Young people may be intimidated to ask a question and won't make an appointment to talk to a health provider. This wellness exam opens the doors for conversation and education between providers and students. In healthcare, the family care providers are the focal or starting point for questions. We want young people to begin establishing relationships with health professionals," explains Sheryl Rutledge, GRMC rural health clinics director.