The grand opening of a combined athletic training and physical therapy facility at Purdue University Calumet, facilitated by a partnership with Community Hospital, Munster, is scheduled at 10:30 a.m., Monday (4/13) in the university’s Fitness and Recreation Center.
The Purdue Calumet Community Hospital Athletic Training & Physical Therapy Center is designed to serve Purdue Calumet’s 200 student-athletes with training and injury-related services. Also, as a physical therapy facility, the center is equipped to provide outpatient, rehabilitation care for students, faculty-staff and their dependents, as well as members of the university Fitness Center on a referral, fee-for-service basis.
“We are proud to expand the partnership between Community Hospital and Purdue University Calumet through the opening of the Athletic Training & Physical Therapy Center,” Community Hospital CEO Donald P. Fesko said. “Having therapy services and athletic trainers on campus will make it more convenient for students to access care.”
Two athletic trainers, a physical therapist and two athletic trainer student interns, supervised by Community Hospital, will staff the 1,795 square foot center. The rehab professionals will employ hospital modalities in the clinic and utilize exercise equipment within the university’s adjacent Fitness Center to enable a comprehensive recovery program for patients.
Accommodating athletic program growth
“The growth of our athletic program makes this outstanding facility essential for our student-athletes and coaches,” Purdue Calumet Chancellor Thomas L. Keon said. “We are extremely grateful to our friends at Community Hospital for this latest demonstration of support and investment in the health and care of our campus community.”
Since 2013, Purdue Calumet has contracted with Community Hospital for services of licensed and certified athletic trainers to provide fitness and medical assistance to university student-athletes. Community Hospital also provides staffing and consultation for Purdue Calumet’s campus-based health clinic, available to students, faculty and staff.
Services enhance athletic program
“We are excited to provide physical therapy and athletic training services to Purdue University Calumet students,” Community Hospital Concussion Clinic Director and Supervisor of Athletic Trainers at Purdue Calumet John Doherty said. “These services offered on campus will enhance the athletic program and heighten the level of service to student athletes.”
Community Hospital-provided support for the center builds on an extensive partnership announced last December between Purdue Calumet and the City of Hammond, as well as the hospital and other parties relating to development of the nearby Dowling Park athletics complex. Phase one development—soccer, baseball and softball fields—has been completed.
“The growth and success of the Purdue Calumet athletics program has been a team effort of hard work, dedication and support,” Purdue Calumet Director of Athletics Rick Costello said. “The generosity of Community Hospital has been amazing. We talk about Purdue Calumet athletics being 200 student-athletes, 12 sports and one team. We are extremely appreciative to have Community Hospital on our ‘team’.”
As a member of the Community Healthcare System, Community Hospital is directed by local leadership committed to offering the latest medical advances, preventative screenings and support groups to improve the quality of life and health in Northwest Indiana.