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Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge partners with BCPS

posted Nov 10, 2014, 5:00 AM by Bcps Bcps   [ updated Nov 10, 2014, 5:00 AM ]

Burke County Public Schools’ Partner in Education for October is Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge. Partners in Education is an initiative BCPS started last school year as a way to showcase local businesses and industries that support educational efforts in Burke County.     
    “I am happy to announce that Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge is the first Partner in Education we want to highlight for the 2014-15 school year,” said BCPS Superintendent Larry Putnam. “We appreciate the health care system’s partnership with BCPS and its generosity in offering free sports physicals to student athletes, an athletic trainers program, medical supervision during the Sunrise Fun Run and Camp Med.”      
    Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge offers Athlete at Heart as a free sports-specific health screening and educational program for high school and middle school student-athletes. What makes this exam different from a traditional sports physical is the heart screening. Each student athlete attending this screening receives an electrocardiogram (ECG), which traces the heart’s electrical activity.
    The licensed athletic trainers are Carolinas HealthCare System employees who are located on each of the school campuses to coordinate the care for student athletes as well as the general student population who have sport-related concerns. The athletic trainers focus on prevention, assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses. In addition, athletic trainers serve as liaisons between the school, community and Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge to facilitate access to services.
    Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge hosts a first aid tent for the more than 500 racers at the Sunrise Run, including the student challenge.  
    Northwest AHEC partners with Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge to bring Camp MED to Burke County Schools. Camp MED is a one-week day camp is designed to recruit, educate and prepare high school students in grades 9-12 in the NW AHEC 17-county region for careers in the health professions. Activities include presentations, tours/observations and clinical experiences.Northwest AHEC partners with Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge to bring Camp MED to Burke County Schools. Camp MED is a one-week day camp is designed to recruit, educate and prepare high school students in grades 9-12 in the NW AHEC 17-county region for careers in the health professions. Activities include presentations, tours/observations and clinical experiences.
    “I am grateful to Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge President and CEO Kathy Bailey and her leadership as well as the healthcare team at Blue Ridge and the many programs they offer that benefit our schools and our community,” Putnam said.
    Each month, Burke County Schools recognizes a different Partner in Education as a business or industry that goes above and beyond to help Burke County Public Schools with its mission of educating diverse learners, nurturing student’s potential and empowering them to be competitive, successful and productive citizens, as well as the school system’s vision, which is to inspire students to be life-long learners who compete successfully on the global stage and contribute to their community.
    Chick-fil-A of Morganton, American Roller Bearing and Continental also have been recognized as Burke County Schools Partners in Education.
    “These partners,” Putnam said, “make monetary donations, donate their time, allow their employees to volunteer in our schools and/or provide instructional or athletic supplies and resources to our schools. Our school system would not be able to provide the level of education we offer students or the extracurricular opportunities afforded students if it were not for these partners. Partners in Education is our way of honoring not only the partnership publically, but also our employees.”
    This week, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge donated an insulated cooler bag, coffee mug or water bottle to eachThis week, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge donated an insulated cooler bag, coffee mug or water bottle to each Burke County Public Schools employee.
    If you would like to become a Partner in Education with Burke County Public Schools, contact Public Relations Officer Cheryl Shuffler at828-438-2989 or email cmshuffler@burke.k12.nc.us.
 
 
Photo: Burke County Public Schools Superintendent Larry Putnam and Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge President and CEO Kathy Bailey stand by the healthcare system’s new sign.

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