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Historic Partnership To Benefit Everyone In Springboro Schools’ Community

SPRINGBORO, Ohio – For what may prove to be the first time in state history, a local public school district has formed a partnership with a local health care provider.

Today, May 15, the Springboro Board of Education approved an agreement with Miami Valley Hospital to make unprecedented medical services available to the community, as well as provide athletic stadium upgrades.

Springboro Community School has agreed to allow Miami Valley Hospital to purchase naming rights for the athletic stadium, as well as provide a full range of primary and family care, sports medicine and athletic training for the entire district. Panther Stadium will now be known as CareFlight Field.

“This is an historic moment for Springboro Community Schools, and its residents,” said Dr. David Baker, superintendent of Springboro Community Schools.

“We have listened to our community. Our taxpayers have asked us to look for innovative ways to pay for extracurricular activities for our students, and we are doing what we can to meet that expectation,” he said.

Part of the money will be used to install artificial turf on the athletic field. Because of the number of teams and bands that use the athletic field, by midway through the season, it becomes a safety risk for students.

“Depending on the weather, we either have a surface that is as hard as a brick, or it becomes the mud bowl. It is difficult to ensure everyone’s safety under that type of playing condition,” said Steve Castator, athletic director for Springboro Community Schools.

A major component of the agreed upon plan between Springboro Community Schools and Miami Valley Hospital will be a 40,000 square foot building that will be located directly behind CareFlight Field, next to Springboro Junior High School.

That building will be built by Springboro Community Schools at an estimated cost of $9 million. Miami Valley Hospital will lease 25,000 square feet of space at fair market value for 22 years. It will house athletic locker rooms and training facilities. There also will be physician office space in the building.

As part of the agreement, Springboro Schools will borrow $1.9 million from the State of Ohio that will be used to improve its athletic facilities. Miami Valley Hospital in turn will make annual payments to Springboro Schools for 15 years for the naming rights.

The following health care professionals will serve Springboro Community Schools and its community at this site:

  • Miami Valley Hospital Sports Medicine physicians will offer comprehensive sports medicine services for athletes of all ages and abilities. They will utilize the latest equipment and treatment techniques to help patients and athletes stay healthy and/or recover from injuries.
  • SureCare Medical Center physicians will provide primary care and family medicine services. SureCare is a member of the Premier HealthNet group of physicians.
  • Atrium Medical Center will provide athletic trainers on site. Atrium Medical Center, part of Premier Health Partners, is now under construction east of Interstate 75 at the Route 122/Middletown exit.
  • Far Oaks Orthopedists, an independent physician group, will have an office on the site.
  • Other medical practices will possibly include pediatric sub-specialists, dermatologists and other sub-specialty practices.

“By having orthopedic surgeons and other such professionals on school grounds, it will give students the opportunity to get the medical attention they need without parents having to take off work, drive them to downtown Dayton, and then back to school,” Dr. Baker said.

“We envision that pediatrics, ob-gyn or other family practices could occupy this building and give our staff and students unprecedented medical services,” he said.

Mary Boosalis, president and CEO of Miami Valley Hospital, said, “We are pleased to see Springboro Schools adopt the spirit of CareFlight as the name for its football stadium. CareFlight represents rapid response and specialized skill. Our agreement extends our commitment to build healthier communities by delivering a wide array of health care services directly to a growing population.”   

The new medical offices are expected to grow and offer broader choice and convenience to the students, faculty, staff and community on and near “the hill” of Springboro High School, Springboro Junior High School, Dennis Elementary School, and the transportation facility.

Springboro Community Schools currently has an enrollment of more than 5,000 students. It is expected to grow to 7,000 by 2011.