John Deere utility vehicles will soon make an appearance on the sidelines of Pullman High School and Potlatch High School home games. The “Gators” were identified as priority equipment needed to support the Regional High School Athletic Training Program (RHSATP), a newly developed comprehensive athletic training service provided through the Pullman Regional Hospital Orthopaedic Center of Excellence.

“The proximity of the fields to each school and the terrain between proved to be a worthy adversary,” said Carrie Coen, Program Director of Pullman Regional Hospital’s Regional High School Athletic Training Program. “With these utility vehicles, transporting athletes with non-emergent injuries and performing injury assessment and treatment, such as taping and splinting will be much more efficient and safer,” said Coen.

A dedication ceremony was held in Potlatch in the spring at the girls’ softball game. Pullman’s is scheduled for Friday, September 14th in Pullman at the boys’ football game.

Bob Maxwell, Superintendent Pullman Public Schools noted, “This is another wonderful example of support and collaboration between the school district and Pullman Regional Hospital. The utility vehicle is a valuable tool for the athletic training service and program. We look forward to working together this upcoming school year.”

“What an outstanding donation to receive for our school district and our athletic programs!” said Potlatch Superintendent, Jeff Cirka.  “The Regional High School Athletic Training Program, has brought us wonderful and much-needed services to our student athletes, parents and coaching, that we couldn't have provided as a district without their support, as well as the support of individual and corporate donors.  We are excited and pleased to receive this gift, but more importantly, pleased to be associated with the RHSATP,” said Cirka

The RHSATP, now seven months in practice, embeds a full-time certified athletic trainer, at Colton, Garfield-Palouse, Potlatch, and Pullman High School. The four full-time and one part-time athletic trainers are employed by Pullman Regional Hospital and have immediate access to orthopaedic consultations through Dr. Ed Tingstad and Dr. Steven Pennington, of Inland Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine Clinic.

The program started with an idea by the partnering surgeons as a way to provide early intervention, consistent return-to-play protocol, and immediate care for high school athletes, which currently serves more than 750 students in the four schools.

“The Regional High School Athletic Training Program has been a dream and top priority of our Orthopaedic Center of Excellence,” said Dr. Steven Pennington. “I sense the terrific momentum we have going, and I hope every person connected with our athletic community will join us in this valuable endeavor,” said Pennington.

“As a parent and physician, I want our children to excel,” said Dr. Ed Tingstad. “We are hoping to create a better environment for our children to grow and learn. It’s a wonderful service, and I am so grateful for the support we’ve already received,” said Tingstad.

With philanthropic support through corporate sponsorships from Avista Foundation, Dave Christy State Farm and Palouse Commercial Real Estate and individual donations, the vision for the program is to expand after the 3-year pilot and bring on additional schools.

Learn more about supporting the Regional High School Athletic Training Program online: 

Contact: Alison Weigley, Assistant Director of Development, Marketing & Major Gifts
Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation

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