Five of Elk Regional’s physicians recently provided free physicals to local high school athletes. Dr. Murray Baker, Dr. Scott McKimm, Dr. Nancy Rieder, and Dr. Julie Wonderling provided on-site physicals to students throughout the region, assisted by Jodi Regulski, Physician Assistant; Tonya Aversa, RN; and Megen Handley, Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner.
The physicals were given on-site at each of the schools in June.
“Our employees and physicians are some of the most generous people I know,” said Gregory Bauer, the President and CEO of Elk Regional Health System. “Providing these free physicals is a great way for us to not only give back to our community but ensure our children are safe and healthy.”
Terry Straub, the athletic director for the St. Marys Area School District, said the donation of physician time is a “major cost-savings measure” for the school system.
“Elk Regional offering these sports physicals for free is just a tremendous help,” Straub said. “It’s a major cost-savings measure for our student athletes and their families and for the St. Marys school district as a whole. From an athletic standpoint and from the standpoint of our school nurse, I don’t think things could have gone much more smoothly. I can’t say enough about how much of a help this is. We’re definitely looking forward to next year.”