Pullman Regional Hospital’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence received three recent gifts in support of the Regional High School Athletic Training Program—a service which embeds a full time certified athletic trainers in local high schools and provides immediate orthopedic consultation to student athletes at Colton, Garfield-Palouse, Potlatch and Pullman High School.

Bennett Lumber Products, based in Princeton, ID, made a $10,000 gift; $3,000 was donated by Emmanuel Baptist Church of Pullman, WA; and $3,000 was gifted by the Viking Crew booster club of the communities of Garfield and Palouse, WA.

“This program relies on philanthropy to fund half the cost of the program,” said Pullman Regional Hospital Chief Development Officer, Rueben Mayes. “We are grateful for every dollar because it is an investment in our youth.”

“We’re behind this program because it’s all about keeping our kids healthy and safe,” said Brett Bennett, Vice-President for Bennett Lumber Products. “This is a service small schools can’t afford by themselves, and the value provided by the hospital to provide an advocate for our youth, is significant.”

Dave Wood, committee lead for Emmanuel Baptist Church of Pullman said, “As part of celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, Emmanuel Baptist Church is giving back to our community.  The athletic training program is a program we have seen benefit many youths in our community, so it was natural for us to support it financially.”

“Our community has embraced our athletic trainer; we are so grateful to have someone looking out for our kids,” said Robin Woltering, Vice-President of the Viking Crew. “This program is peace of mind for every parent, grandparent and coach.”

The 3-year pilot program was started by local orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steve Pennington and Dr. Ed Tingstad through Pullman Regional Hospital’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence. Four fulltime and one part time certified athletic trainer is employed by the hospital. Each is assigned to a school, attending practices and games as directed by each school. The cost to each school to participate is on a sliding scale based on student population. Treatment is provided to student athletes at no cost to parents.

Learn more at www.pullmanregional.org/athletic-training.

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

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