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Miami Valley Hospital and Sugarcreek Local Schools Announce Agreement to Provide Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Services to Students

Dayton and Bellbrook, Ohio—September 28, 2007—Miami Valley Hospital and Sugarcreek Local Schools today announced a 15-year agreement through which student athletes and students participating in extracurricular activities, including band, will receive sports medicine and athletic training services through hospital trainers and physicians.

The agreement is effective at the conclusion of Bellbrook High School’s 2007 fall athletic season.

As part of the agreement, Bellbrook High School will name its athletic stadium Miami Valley South Stadium. The stadium will be named for Miami Valley South Health Center, which opens October 15, south of the intersection of I-675 and Wilmington Pike. 

Sugarcreek Local Schools and Miami Valley Hospital officials will dedicate Miami Valley South Stadium at 7:15 p.m. today, immediately prior to the start of the Bellbrook Golden Eagles’ game with Valley View High School.

The 15-year sponsorship agreement, valued at $1.5 million, will be used to expand and update the Bellbrook High School stadium.  Improvements will include; synthetic turf for David L. Holmes Field, new lights, grandstands and an eight-lane track.  The sponsorship is intended to create safer playing conditions for athletes while providing support for sports programming and improved access to health care services. 

The school hopes to begin the stadium improvements in late 2008 and complete most of the renovations by the beginning of the 2009 fall athletic season. 

Sugarcreek Local Schools will receive prevention, wellness and health education services from Miami Valley Hospital sports medicine trainers.

“The opening of Miami Valley South Health Center, which is just two miles from Bellbrook High School, is a catalyst for our association with Sugarcreek Local Schools,” said Mary Boosalis, president and CEO, Miami Valley Hospital.  “We are reaching out to new communities through Miami Valley South.  In the same way, this partnership will help us extend high-quality health care in the tradition of Miami Valley Hospital to the Bellbrook and Sugarcreek Township communities.”
 
Dr. Keith St.Pierre, superintendent, Sugarcreek Local Schools, said that the stadium renovation project will provide significant improvements for an aging complex with a field that is 40 years old.

“The new turf will provide an expanded soccer field with a quality playing surface for football and band events. The addition of the eight-lane track will allow us to host larger invitational track meets that we couldn’t hold before. The generous commitment from Miami Valley Hospital represents partial funding for needed improvements.  We will need to raise at least an additional $500,000 from other sources to completely renovate the Miami Valley South Stadium for our students and the community,” he said.

Elizabeth Betz, president of the Sugarcreek Local Schools board of education, said, “We take the ‘in partnership with the community’ of our mission statement to heart. The artificial turf will accommodate the high usage of our field by football, soccer and marching band programs.”

Miami Valley South Health Center will open October 15 with imaging, cardiac diagnostics, ComputNet Clinical Laboratory and a breast center.  A 24-hour emergency department will open Nov. 5, to be followed in by Premier HeartWorks, Far Hills Surgery Center and a medical office building.