Victory Medical Group provides 232 free physicals
Victory Medical Group's Stanley, Thorp and Owen Clinics saw a total of 232 high school students during the clinics' annual free sports physicals. These exams comply with the requirements of the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), which state that a student must have a current physical examination on file before they are allowed to start practice.
All of the students who were screened were cleared for participation. Victory Medical Group Clinics Manager Cindy Lindgren says, "We saw 52 more students this year than in 2007, and we're glad that the community is taking advantage of this service."
About the screening overall, Cindy says, "These physicals are not always covered by insurance and some families may not have the financial ability to pay, especially if they have more than one child involved in sports. We are pleased to be able to provide this service so that no child in our area will be excluded from participation because the family couldn't afford the physical exam. Victory Medical Group provided approximately $35,000 worth of services to the community at no charge."
During the physical, healthcare providers evaluate the prospective athlete's overall appearance, eyes, ears, nose, throat, lymph nodes, heart, pulse, lungs, abdomen and skin. They also evaluate the musculoskeletal system and look at the neck, back, shoulder/arm, elbow/forearm, wrist/hand, hip/thigh, know, leg/ankle and foot. The Victory Medical Group staff providing the physicals this year were: Tom Tuttle, MD; and Charles Wirtz, MD; Nima Heshmati, MD; Dan Gilles, PA-C; Peter Gintner, PA-C; Nicky Crick, APNP; and Stacey Gusman, APNP. OLVH and VMG President Cindy Eichman says, "We are grateful to these clinicians and to their support staff for making it possible to provide this service to our communities."