CMU Athletics and MyMichigan Health Announce Sports Medicine Partnership

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan University Athletics and MyMichigan Health are proud to announce a new sports medicine partnership. As part of the multi-year partnership, MyMichigan Health will provide CMU student-athletes with specialized sports medicine care and streamlined access to comprehensive healthcare services.

“I am thrilled to announce this transformational agreement between CMU Athletics and MyMichigan Health that will provide a medical support system that will rank among the best in the Mid-American Conference,” Amy Folan said the Zyzelewski family associate vice president and director of athletics. “This will give our student-athletes access to MyMichigan’s extensive network of medical providers and services to ensure they can quickly and safely return to competition after an injury. It will also give us the necessary resources. to be a leader in injury prevention. I want to thank them for their vision, their collaboration and their partnership with us.”

The three-year partnership is one of the largest for Central Michigan University Athletics and will result in annual savings for the university of more than $700,000, with a total valuation of $2.1 million.

“This new relationship with a regional health care system, MyMichigan Health, will provide a comprehensive menu of services to ensure our student-athletes’ medical needs are met and they are well prepared to compete at the scale. nationwide,” said George E. Kikano, MD, CMU vice president for health affairs and dean of the medical school. “I have been impressed with the commitment to our local community shown by the leadership of MyMichigan and look forward to our future roster.”

In addition to CMU Athletics, MyMichigan Health has sports medicine collaborations with Alma College, Mid Michigan College, the Great Lakes Loons, as well as more than 13 local high school athletic programs. MyMichigan also assists with sports medicine coverage at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, Dow Tennis Classic and other local events. It also owns WellSport, the region’s only primary care sports medicine program.

“We are proud to become the official sports medicine provider for CMU student-athletes and look forward to providing them with high quality sports medicine and orthopedic services,” said Marita Hattem-Schiffman, FACHE, CPMSM, President, MyMichigan Medical Centers in Alma, Clare and Mt. Pleasant. “In addition to sports medicine care, this partnership will also focus on student-athlete safety, such as concussion testing and injury prevention. We are committed to our goal of creating healthy and safe communities together. this partnership allows us to extend our care to student-athletes.”

As part of the agreement, MyMichigan will provide sports medicine oversight led by fellowship-trained primary care sports medicine specialist AJ Pinney, DO. Other members of this comprehensive and experienced team include fellowship-trained primary care sports medicine specialists JT Pinney, MD, Daniel Diaz, DO, and Richard Giannotti, Jr., DO; fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeons Sabin Shah, MD, Teresa Hall, DO, Denise Stadelmaier, DO, and Benjamin Cox, DO; Orthopedic surgeon James Ware, DO, and Riley Bell, PA-C. ; Curtis Young, MD, MS, fellow-trained hand surgeon; fellow-trained pain medicine specialist Spencer Bertram, DC, MD; and physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist Stephanie Goggin, MD, DPT. In addition, sports psychiatrist Thomas Bills, MD, will be available to treat and prevent mental health disorders in athletes.

“Together, our common goal is to create an exceptional student-athlete experience, developing a sustainable sports medicine program that exceeds expectations for student-athlete health care,” Folan and Hattem-Schiffman said.

About Central Michigan Athletics
The Central Michigan Department of Athletics is an NCAA Division I institution and a member of the Mid-American Conference. The department is made up of 17 sports – baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, soccer, softball, indoor athletics, outdoor athletics, volleyball and wrestling. CMU Athletics supports more than 425 student-athletes through its three fundamental pillars of student-athlete experience, fan experience, and MAC leadership. CMU is one of 12 Division I athletic departments without major NCAA violations.

About MyMichigan Health
MyMichigan Health, a nonprofit healthcare system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, is a leader in providing high-quality, award-winning care to the 25-county region it serves. With medical centers in Alma, Alpena, Clare, Gladwin, Midland, Mt. Pleasant, Sault Ste. Marie and West Branch, MyMichigan also has affiliations with medical centers in St. Ignace and Mackinac Island. MyMichigan Health provides a full continuum of care in a wide range of settings, including urgent care centers, home health, virtual care, as well as physician offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties, including cardiology, family medicine, hematology/oncology, neurosciences, orthopedics, pediatrics, vascular surgery, etc. MyMichigan Health demonstrates its commitment to the future of medicine by partnering with leading institutions to offer medical education programs that train medical students, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistant students, students in nursing and other clinical experts for our region. Its more than 8,800 employees, volunteers, healthcare providers and other staff work together to create healthy communities through solutions designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the 981,000 residents of the 25-county service area. of the health system. In fiscal year 2021, MyMichigan Health provided $78 million in community benefits, and supported its patients and families with new equipment, services and programs with funds raised by the MyMichigan Health Foundation.

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