Central Michigan University Athletics and MyMichigan Health of Midland have formed a new sports medicine partnership. MyMichigan Health will provide CMU student-athletes with specialized sports medicine care and streamlined access to comprehensive health care services.
“I am excited to announce this transformational agreement between CMU Athletics and MyMichigan Health that will provide a medical support system that will rank among the best in the Mid-American Conference,” Amy Folan said, the Zyzelewski Family Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics. “It will give our student-athletes access to MyMichigan’s vast network of medical providers and services to ensure that they can quickly and safely return to competition after an injury. It will also allow us the resources to be a leader in injury prevention. I want to thank them for their vision, collaboration and partnership with us.”
“We’re proud to become the official sports medicine provider for CMU student-athletes and we look forward to providing them with high-quality sports medicine and orthopedic services,” said Marita Hattem-Schiffman, F.A.C.H.E., C.P.M.S.M., president, MyMichigan Medical Centers in Alma, Clare and Mt. Pleasant. “In addition to sports medicine care, this partnership will also focus on student-athlete safety, such as concussion testing and injury prevention. We are committed to our purpose of creating healthy communities together and this partnership enables us to extend our care to student-athletes.”
The three-year partnership is one of the largest for Central Michigan University Athletics and will provide a cost savings of over $700,000 to the university annually with a total valuation of $2.1 million dollars. In addition to CMU Athletics, MyMichigan Health has sports medicine collaborations with Alma College, Mid Michigan College, the Great Lakes Loons, as well as more than 13 local high school athletic programs. MyMichigan also assists with sports medicine coverage during the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the Dow Tennis Classic, and other local events. It also offers WellSport, the area’s only primary care sports medicine program.
“This new relationship with a regional health-care system, MyMichigan Health, will provide a comprehensive menu of services to make sure our student-athletes medical needs are met, and they are well prepared to compete nationally,” said George E. Kikano, M.D., CMU vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine. “I have been impressed by the commitment to our local community shown by the MyMichigan leadership and look forward to our future alignment.”