CHRISTUS presents the new resource – a mobile athletic training room


Approximately 40-50 people attended a special groundbreaking ceremony on Monday morning, August 1, 2022, to showcase CHRISTUS’ newest resource – a Mobile Athletic Training Room or MATR (pronounced mater), a specially equipped trailer designed to attend meetings and sports games. The unit will complement the services offered to student-athletes who are injured during sporting events or training.

Mobile training room for athletes

Holding the ribbon cutting in the Gerald Prim Stadium parking lot was fitting as the trailer will be located at Sulfur Springs Stadium most of the time, especially during home football games.

“This is not an RV trailer. What we have here and what we will have here is state of the art equipment to take care of our athletes in Hopkins County and our service area. We currently work with approximately 22 high schools,” Paul Harvey, CEO of CHRISTUS Mother Frances Sulfur Springs Hospital, said of the schools served by the hospital. [Chris] Meltsakos and our athletic coaches will be involved in many of our games throughout the Friday night games taking place this fall in our service area. So we’re really grateful for the energy and time they’re going to put into this.

Harvey noted that the process of bringing the CHRISTUS Institute of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine’s new mobile trailer to fruition was a year-and-a-half journey that would not have been possible without a number of individuals and of groups working together to make it happen.

Harvey thanked Shannon Barker, who served as director of the Hopkins County Healthcare Foundation until recently, for the many hours of work she put in initially to help the project get off the ground. He also thanked the Board of Directors of the Healthcare Foundation for their dedication and effort to the project, including finding creative ways to make the Mobile Athletic Training Room (MATR) possible. , and Sharla Campbell who led the effort.

Sharla Campbell, on behalf of the Health Care Foundation Board, thanked Alliance Bank for partnering with them to bring this opportunity to the community.

“As a mother, I would like to warmly thank CHRISTUS as well as Alliance Bank and the other companies that support the Foundation. It is a blessing to know that I am raising our children in a community that is willing and able to care for them, especially since it looks like I will need a permanent reservation for our daughter,” said laughed Campbell.

Harvey credited “Tom Sellers and the fantastic team at Alliance Bank” for embracing the medical professionals’ dream of making the mobile center possible as a way to better serve area athletes.

“I’m so happy and grateful that Alliance Bank is a part of this effort. I just want to thank Tom and his team at this time,” said Harvey of Sellers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. ‘Alliance Bank.

“I just wanted to personally thank Alliance Bank and the Health Care Foundation for all you do for us. We couldn’t have done this project without you and we’re so proud to have it in Sulfur Springs,” Jennifer said. Heitman, Senior Market Development Representative for CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulfur Springs.

The hospital CEO also thanked Sulfur Springs ISD Superintendent Mike Lamb for his part in the MATR planning process. Harvey and Kyle Lemarr, sports medicine coordinator, met with Lamb on several occasions “to make sure we were on the right track with this whole process, not only from what we are doing from a training point of view athletic, but really how to take care of our athletes. – not just in football but in all the sports played by every high school, how can the CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital Sulfur Springs make a difference from this point of view.

“We are really excited to support our community. We are very happy to be able to support student athletes and supply them throughout the market and in our county. It’s very important to us, supporting the school’s efforts in any way and also supporting our hospital. I have said many times that we are fortunate to have a hospital of the caliber that we have in this community. Many communities our size do not have this and we very much appreciate all that the hospital does in terms of health care and the support it provides to the community. We are delighted to be a partner with them and look to continue our partnerships in the future,” Sellers said.

“I cannot thank Alliance Bank enough for all the support. When Mr. Harvey, Shannon and I went with him to Alliance Bank, we presented what we were doing and they immediately said, “What do you need? It was a blessing, the support you are showing our community is truly awesome, not only will it get athletes back to playing, it will keep them playing safe. This is the most important objective, to be able to have the tools, to be able to evaluate them in an athlete’s training room, to do it correctly. I can’t thank you enough,” said Kyle Lemarr, Sports Medicine Coordinator.

Lemarr also noted that Meltsakos and has been a blessing to the community, especially athletes over the past few years.

Meltsakos also thanked “everyone for their support” in obtaining the MATR, noting that it is “a beautiful and wonderful thing to be able to help these athletes”. The resources will not only enable early diagnosis of injuries for athletes, but will also help them get back on their feet faster.

Last month, the Board of the Health Care Foundation approved the purchase of the final piece of equipment to fit into the trailer to make it fully operational, a state-of-the-art mobile x-ray machine that can fit inside a moving trailer. It hasn’t arrived soon but will be added as it becomes available. MATR already has tables and other stations on which to sit or position athletes who are seen by orthopedic coaches and staff.

During football matches, the trailer will be parked behind the stadium on the visitors’ side, where buses are usually parked. This will make it visible and give better accessibility to the terrain. The trailer tailgate lowers so athletes can be driven or transported on a golf cart if needed.

Starting this fall, in September, Meltsakos will be joined by another orthopedic surgeon, who will be the only hand specialist in this part of North Texas. He and Meltsakos have already planned orthopedic service offerings.

The MATR will complement the service already offered in Sulfur Springs. In addition to specialist staff, the CHRISTUS Institute of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine has also offered a sports injury clinic on Saturdays for several years.

Beginning August 20, a Saturday Sports Injury Clinic will resume every Saturday from 9-11 a.m. through November 12 at CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Orthopedics, Medical Building 5, 103B Medical Circle in Sulfur Springs. Hopkins County student-athletes, grades 7 through college age, will be able to take a free exam and X-ray to determine a care plan to treat their injury. For more information about our sports medicine program or our orthopedic services, please call 903.885.6688.

Alliance Bank Chairman and CEO Tom Sellers and Sharla Tanton cut the ribbon for the new CHRISTUS Mobile Training Room (MATR) August 1, 2022

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