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New Sports Medicine Providers Enlisted for Athletics

Dayton Sports Medicine Institute Partnering with WC

August 14, 2007

Dayton Sports Medicine Institute and Wilmington College have entered into a partnership in which WC’s orthopedic needs in athletics will be provided by DSMI.

The agreement became effective this summer and Jan Saunders, doctor of osteopathic medicine (D.O.), the institute’s medical director, made his initial campus visit Aug. 8 with eight other staff members to administer physical examinations to the football team and other student-athletes.

Saunders replaces John Turba, M.D., as the College’s team physician. Turba, owner and director of Queen City Sports Medicine in Cincinnati, retired after serving as the Athletic Department’s orthopedist for 30 years. He was a founder of WC’s highly acclaimed athletic training program.

Larry Howard, director of the athletic training program, said a number of regional orthopedic organizations were interested in working with WC, but Dayton Sports Medicine

“DSMI has an excellent reputation for sports medicine in the area — we’re excited about this partnership,” he said.

Howard noted Saunders is a fellowship trained sports medicine orthopedist that has worked with some of the best sports medicine physicians in the world.

Saunders said he feels a great sense of excitement and anticipation for his inaugural sports seasons as a new member of the Wilmington College community.

“I look at our partnership as an exciting new opportunity for DSMI and Wilmington College,” he said. “I look forward to the growth and expansion of two great programs.”

In addition to Saunders’ regular visits to the campus, DSMI is providing, among other types of support, a minivan for sports medicine use and two certified athletic trainers to cover sporting events and to staff the Athletic Training Room.

DSMI is a subsidiary of Grandview/Southview Hospitals belonging to Kettering Health Network in Dayton.

WC President Dan DiBiasio is pleased with the new arrangement and its prospects for the future. He said WC’s student-athletes will benefit in two important ways from the partnership with DSMI.

“First, Wilmington College student-athletes will receive quality medical treatment from excellent physicians and trainers,” he said. “Second, our athletic training majors will have expanded learning opportunities and internship sites.

“We are looking forward to this new partnership and the opportunities for program growth it provides,” DiBiasio added.

Speaking of growth, Howard anticipates a record number of students this year in the athletic training program as the largest freshman class ever of more than 60 students should boost the total number of athletic training majors to more than 100. That would eclipse the record 98 majors in the 2006-07 academic year.

The program received the ultimate affirmation of its quality in 2005 when it earned the maximum available seven-year re-accreditation. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs deemed WC’s sports medicine program worthy of continuing accreditation through 2012.

Historically, WC’s and Ohio State University’s athletic training programs have run neck and neck as having the largest number of majors in Ohio. Also, the College’s program won the 2006 Ohio Athletic Training Association Quiz Bowl championship.

Wilmington’s AT students are encouraged by faculty members to conduct undergraduate research. Indeed, in each of the past three years, a WC student has won the OATA Ohio Undergraduate Exceptional Research Award. Additionally, students have presented their research at the annual symposia of the National and Great Lakes Regional Athletic Trainers’ Associations.