Despite its football team’s lopsided loss to New Palestine, it was still a big Friday night at Danville Community High School.
Danville played its first game on Hendricks Regional Health Field at Warrior Stadium, as the new artificial turf and scoreboard were seen by most for the first time.
“The greatest thing is, we have a lot of pride in our facilities now,” Danville football coach Russ Sumner said. “My first year here we had a sprinkler head bust on us in the middle of a game, and we just covered it up with a rubber mat. Now you look around and it’s amazing.”
For Hendricks Regional Health, the night brought the announcement of a long-term partnership between the hospital and the Danville Community School Corporation. Under the agreement, Hendricks Regional becomes the district’s exclusive provider of sports medicine services and employee health initiatives.
“Danville is our home where the hospital sits, and we’ve been a longstanding partner with the school,” Hendricks Regional President and CEO Kevin Speer said. “The opportunity to solidify that for years to come was very attractive.
“For us it’s all about helping the school system, its kids, employees and families maintain healthy lifestyles and keep them out of the hospital, healthy, well and at work.”
In addition to financing the new field and a revitalized weight room, Hendricks Regional will have two certified trainers covering high school and middle school athletic teams, including summer camps. It will also provide a team physician for home varsity football games, athletic physicals, concussion testing for high school athletes and CPR and AED instruction for coaches.
The partnership builds upon the one which was already in place.
“Before it was primarily from a sports medicine and athletic training standpoint, and we’ve also provided employee health clinics,” Hendricks Regional Director of Physical Therapy Shane Sommers said. “Now, this enhances that by adding more services, plus, the school nurses can reach out to our physicians as a resource.”
Like the Danville football team, Speer was impressed with how the field turned out.
“It has a wow-factor, and visually it really pops,” Speer said. “It gives us at the hospital a great sense of pride that kids for many years to come will enjoy it. We’ve been here in Hendricks County providing healthcare for going on 51 years now, and the opportunity to give back to the community and create this opportunity for those in the school system was very important to us.”