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Foundation-funded laptops a boost for area athletes

October 08, 2013

For immediate release
Contact:  Gerry Ewing / 503-681-1654

A grant from the Tuality Healthcare Foundation will pay big dividends this fall for high school athletes in western Washington County. The $10,500 grant will arm each of Tuality Healthcare’s five certified athletic trainers with a secure laptop computer and specially designed software that will log and track athletic injuries.

The five trainers have provided training services to athletes at Hillsboro, Century, Glencoe, Liberty and Forest Grove high schools since 1997.

“Our trainers will benefit greatly from the use of laptops for several reasons,” said Kim Lierman, Tuality’s clinical program leader for athletic trainers. “One is efficiency and continuity of care. They will be able to get live results or follow athletes that have been sent through our system.

The foundation decided to fund the grant, said Foundation Director Cece Clitheroe, because high school sports are an integral part of the Hillsboro community and to support Tuality’s unique relationship with the schools where the company shares paying the trainer’s salary with the schools.

John Hakkila, Tuality’s new director of rehabilitation services, said timely and thorough documentation of injuries is a hallmark of good athletic training. He listed three areas as identified by the National Athletic Trainers Association where good record keeping is vital:

  • Communication. Good medical records are the foundation for quality health care delivery. It allows correct planning and execution of care and eliminates confusion about diagnosis and prognosis.
  • Liability. Documentation is critical in health care lawsuits.
  • Research. Detailed documentation will help spot trends and evaluate best practices.

“We’d like to thank the foundation for helping make Hillsboro and Forest Grove a safer place for high school athletes by funding the laptops and software,” said Lierman. “It will allow us to do a better job treating our student athletes.”