College Enters into Partnership with Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Jim Reynolds: 'I think this will be a really great partnership'

May 15, 2012

Timothy Kremchek, M.D., (pointing) shares the story of a series of photos on the wall at Beacon given to him by Ken Griffey Jr. The Cincinnati Reds' medical director chats with, from the left WC's Terry Rupert, Erika Goodwin, Larry Howard and Jim Reynolds, and Beacon CEO Glen Prasser.

Timothy Kremchek, M.D., (pointing) shares the story of a series of photos on the wall at Beacon given to him by Ken Griffey Jr. The Cincinnati Reds' medical director chats with, from the left WC's Terry Rupert, Erika Goodwin, Larry Howard and Jim Reynolds, and Beacon CEO Glen Prasser.

Hundreds of autographed photos of Cincinnati Reds and other impressive pieces of sports memorabilia share wall space with dozens of flat screen televisions tuned to sports channels.

One might be hard pressed to realize at first glance that beyond the comfortable, unintimidating common spaces exists one of the nation’s premier sports medicine facilities, Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. And that’s just the way they want it, according to CEO Glen Prasser, who describes the inviting environment as having “the Beacon feel.”

Wilmington College and Beacon have entered into a partnership in which Beacon will serve the medical needs of the College’s student-athletes with the quality care it provides the Cincinnati Reds and a number of other Cincinnati sports teams and area universities.

Beacon’s Summit Woods center in the Cincinnati suburb of Sharonville, the flagship of its four locations, features 70,000 square feet dedicated to the athlete. Services include clinic, physical therapy, surgery, imaging (MRI/X-Ray), massage therapy and chiropractic care. Its on-site affiliates feature D1 Sports Training, as well as Drayer Physical Therapy Institute at the Beacon East location.

In fact, both Beacon and Drayer will provide the College with a full-time staff member. Also, Drayer will open a physical therapy clinic for the public in Wilmington this summer at which WC’s AT students will conduct clinical rotations.

WC President Jim Reynolds and other College officials viewed Beacon’s Summit Woods facility earlier in May on a tour hosted by Prasser.

“I think this will be a really great partnership,” Reynolds said, noting the “incredible facility” and impressive welcome the College has received.

“A critical mass of our students and alumni are from greater Cincinnati, and this affiliation with Beacon and Drayer will extend the College’s reach even further into the tri-state area.”

Timothy Kremchek, M.D., is one of Beacon’s founding physicians and is the Reds’ medical director — and, now, Wilmington College’s. He said the College’s acclaimed athletic training/sports medicine program is one of the primary reasons that Wilmington College was so appealing to Beacon.

“One of the things we’re involved with at Beacon is education,” Kremchek said. “We like to teach athletic training students and Wilmington’s program offers an excellent opportunity for us to teach eager, well trained students. In fact, the truth is that they teach us too.”

(LEFT) Beacon CEO Glen Prasser (pointing) conducts a tour of the facility for, from the left, athletics administration vice president Terry Rupert, President Jim Reynolds, interim vice president for academic affairs Erika Goodwin and athletic training program director Larry Howard.

Erika Goodwin, interim vice president for academic affairs and professor of athletic training, is especially excited about that teaching component Beacon offers.

“It will be an excellent situation having our athletic training students be able to work with Beacon’s outstanding staff and facilities,” she said, adding that having Drayer’s staff member and facility in Wilmington also adds an exciting new dimension. “This partnership will present many enhanced learning opportunities for our students.”

Terry Rupert, vice president for athletics administration, said Beacon and Drayer, coupled with WC’s athletic training students and professional AT staff, will provide student athletes with superior care in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries.

“I’m looking forward to talking about our partnership with Beacon and Drayer when I speak with parents and our student-athletes at orientation sessions this summer,” Rupert said, noting this also enhances the College’s athletics program when attracting recruits for sports teams.

Kremchek, who is recognized as one of the top orthopaedic and sports medicine surgeons in the nation, said parents are especially attuned to the prospect of their child being injured while engaging in athletics competition.

“When kids get into college, parents want to know the kind of medical care they will receive — I take that very seriously,” he said, noting the student-athlete wants to return to competition as soon as is safely possible.

“As a college athlete, you get a finite amount of time to play,” he added. “Being ready to come back from an injury as quickly as possible due to the care you’ve received is important.”

Larry Howard, professor of athletic training and WC’s program director, did a lot of the heavy lifting in arranging the partnership with Beacon. He was especially impressed with Kremchek’s description of athletic training students as “colleagues of ours.”

“Beacon has the reputation as one of the best sports medicine centers in the country and everything I’ve seen, from the doctors, staff and administration to their incredible facilities, gives me no reason to doubt it,” Howard said.

He noted that Kremchek was instrumental in securing an internship with the Reds for a Wilmington College AT student, and looks forward to his students working with Beacon and Drayer in many capacities.

Kremchek said, “We get as much out of taking care of a school like Wilmington as we do with larger universities. I think this is going to be terrific.”