Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Pitching a New Concept: Mercy Edmond I-35 Puts Fitness, Sports Medicine into Play for Health Care

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Pitching a New Concept: Mercy Edmond I-35 Puts Fitness, Sports Medicine into Play for Health Care

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EDMOND - Nick Niver is excited to see patients in Mercy Edmond I- 35, but don't call it a hospital. Physicians began seeing patients at the facility off Interstate 35 on May 27, but Niver, the vice president, said the company chose to do something differently. The facility combines primary care and outpatient surgery with fitness and sports medicine.

Niver said Mercy isn't the first in the country to integrate wellness with health care, but it is the first in the state. He said he expects it to be a model for future facilities.

David Huslig said the company saw sports as part of an emerging need in the area, as well as part of a growing trend. The director of sports performance and outreach, he said his job is to help identify potential problems early with adolescent athletes to help prevent significant injuries in the long term.

For example, he has the equipment to record video of a pitcher's windup and release. The team can then play back the footage, frame by frame, and identify possible mechanical problems with the throwing motion. He can relate: He has three children who all play sports.

"The more we can combine sports medicine and traditional care, the more we can improve sports and make them safer," he said.

In Phoenix, EXOS has a similar facility that combines sports medicine with technology for athletes' training and rehabilitation. The company has six facilities, including two in California, one in Frisco, Texas, one in Raleigh, North Carolina, and one in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

Yet aspiring athletes aren't the only potential clients for Mercy's sports performance division. Huslig said the company aims to use its sports medicine expertise as a way to target corporate wellness programs.

For example, he can teach an athlete how to lift or squat heavy weights to prevent knee injuries, but a middle-aged employee can use that same information to improve his or her overall strength and stamina. …

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