The region’s largest health care provider and university are teaming up to provide comprehensive medical care for college athletes. Today, Norton Healthcare and the University of Louisville announced that Norton Healthcare has been named the official health care provider of the Louisville Cardinals.
As part of the agreement, Norton Sports Health will provide medical support for all of the university’s 23 sports programs. This support includes conducting all sports physicals and providing access to Norton Healthcare’s network of sports health physicians, orthopedic surgeons, neurologists and primary care providers.
“We’re looking forward to this partnership,” said Russell F. Cox, president and chief executive officer, Norton Healthcare. “Norton Sports Health offers comprehensive treatment for local athletes of all ages and skill levels. We look forward to supporting UofL and keeping its premier athletes in the game.”
In addition to offering its team of health providers, Norton Sports Health also will provide funding for athletic trainers on the sidelines, campus training rooms and state-of-the-art imaging equipment.
“This is a great day for University of Louisville athletics,” said Vince Tyra, athletic director, UofL. “The health and wellness of our players is our top priority. We’re excited to team up with Norton Healthcare, an organization that has proven to offer the same level of passion, drive and expertise as our athletes.”
Care will extend beyond the physical as Norton Sports Health also will offer mental health services, including access to counseling and sports performance specialists.
“Our goal is to care for the whole athlete,” said Steven T. Hester, M.D., MBA, division president, provider operations, and system chief medical officer, Norton Healthcare. “With our streamlined and comprehensive group of medical providers, we have the ability to provide the services athletes need both quickly and efficiently.”
To support the process, all UofL athletes will have access to MyNortonChart and Norton eCare visits. Norton eCare allows patients with non-urgent ailments 24/7 access to speak with a nurse practitioner via computer or mobile device or to have an eVisit, which consists of filling out an online questionnaire and receiving a phone call from the practitioner.
About Norton Sports Health
Norton Sports Health, a part of Norton Healthcare, is one of the Louisville area’s leading sports-related injury prevention and treatment programs. From professional, collegiate and high school competitors to those who simply want to stay fit, Norton Sports Health provides advanced care for athletes and active individuals of all ages. The Norton Sports Health specialists are experts in minimally invasive procedures and advanced surgical techniques that allow patients to return to their sport, activity or job with minimal downtime. In addition to treating sports injuries, these specialists are involved in research to gain a better understanding of why athletes become injured. The Norton Sports Health team includes fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, certified athletic trainers, physical therapists and sports psychologists who work together to design customized programs to meet each patient’s specific needs. Norton Sports Health is the official sports health provider for many local high school, college and minor league sports teams. More information is available at NortonSportsHealth.com.
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