William Bee Ririe Rural Health Clinic held a Sports Physicals Clinic on Saturday, Aug. 2, in which free sports physicals were provided to middle school and high school students in our community. During the course of the four hour clinic volunteers from the clinic and hospital, as well as Summit Therapy and others in the community were able to provide physicals to more than 100 students. As these physicals are a requirement for students to play sports, the physicians, nurses, medical assistants, and support staff took this opportunity to make the most of it. They did everything they could to ensure each student was fit to safely participate in the coming school year’s sporting activities. Six physicians donated their time and services, Dr. Clement Strumillo, MD, Dr. Milton Lee, MD, and Dr. Lawrence McClish, MD, from the William Bee Ririe Rural Health Clinic, Dr. David Byun, MD, and Dr. Yun Namkung, MD, from the William Bee Ririe Hospital, and Dr. Noreen Borino, DNP, from the Newe Medical Clinic.
In addition to providing the physicals, notary public, Shannon Cessford, donated her time to finalize the last details of the sports packets for students so that the packets could be finalized on the spot and collected for distribution to the various schools. “We wanted this to be a one-stop for parents. They could come here, get the whole packet completed and turned in right on the spot. Not only were we able to provide a great service by reducing the stress of the cost of the physicals, but we were able to reduce that little bit of extra stress getting those finalizing details in place regarding the packet. For a parent of young kids that goes a long way,” said Keva Harrison, Public Relations Director of the hospital and clinic.
This is the first year the William Bee Ririe Rural Health Clinic has put on an event providing these physicals for free. “We are constantly looking for ways in which we can give back to the community. It is through this community that we are supported and we want to show our appreciation and thought this was a great opportunity for us to do so,” said Jan Jensen, CEO of William Bee Ririe Hospital and Rural Health Clinic. As a first year event the turnout was tremendous. The volunteers that participated worked quickly and efficiently to ensure that every student arriving for a physical was able to get one in the amount of time allotted for the event. Jan Jensen had more to say about the event, “We want to send out a big thank you to all those that donated their time and energy to make this happen!”