ORHC Provides Free Physicals for Local Students

ORHC Kicks Off Back-to-School Season by Serving the Community

Ottumwa Regional Health Center and the Ottumwa Health Group recently provided sports physicals free of charge for area students. Three nurse practitioners and staff including nurses, receptionists and physical therapists worked after hours and on the weekend to provide nearly 250 pre-participation physicals.

“It is so important for kids to stay physically active and develop healthy habits at an early age,” said Shelley Bechtel, nurse practitioner at the Eddyville Clinic. “By providing the free sports physicals we help make sure the students are in good health and it is an opportunity to talk with the athletes about topics like concussion and injury prevention.”

This is the second year the Ottumwa Health Group providers and staff have held the free school physicals clinic and area schools are thankful to have the service provided.

“We truly appreciate your team coming to Cardinal to offer our students sports physicals,” said Sherry VanBlaricom, Athletic & Business Secretary for Cardinal Schools. “Your staff is excellent to work with and we look forward to working with you again next year.”

PHOTO – David Burrows, Nurse Practitioner with Ottumwa Occupational Medicine examines high school freshman Riley Barker as part of the free school sports physical clinics.


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