Hospital district to provide free physicals to student athletes


Last Updated on July 23, 2015 – 1:13 PM CDT

Above: Moore County Hospital District CEO Jeff Turner, left, goes through his administrator’s report Wednesday. Dr. Justin Corbin will practice in the Family Health Clinic.

Student athletes will receive free physicals, courtesy of the Moore County Hospital District. MCHD CEO Jeff Turner told the board of directors Wednesday the district reached out to the DISD sports program and will be the lead health provider for the school’s summer sports physicals at no cost to the school district or the athletes.

“Its just a service we’d like to provide,” Turner said.

The physicals will be held at the Dumas High School gym on July 27 and July 28, and they’re required of all incoming 7th, 9th and 11th graders and all athletes who are new to the district. Those students must have the physicals in order to participate in the DISD athletic programs.

“We’re excited to team up with the hospital district so our students can get their physicals,” DISD Superintendent Monty Hysinger said. “With the school and the hospital working together, it’s going to save parents money. This is just a great cost-saver.”

The physicals will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on both days, and one parent or a guardian must accompany the student.

Turner also said that Dr. Casey Lagan will serve as the physician member of the DISD Concussion Protocol Committee, which develops return-to-play protocol for students showing signs of a concussion. School boards are required to delegate licensed health car professionals to serve on oversight teams.

And the hospital district is going into fundraising mode. In his administrator’s report, Turner said the district will sponsor side dishes at a fundraising luncheon, which will be held at the Field House on July 28.