McDowell Hospital offers free physicals for junior high, high school athletes this week

Press release

From McDowell Hospital

MARION, N.C. (May 16, 2013) – McDowell Hospital is offering free physicals for junior high school and high school athletes on Thursday, May 23, at the McDowell High School gym. Students who plan to try out for any school-sponsored athletic team are required to have a physical before participation in school athletics.
Free exams will be offered to students from each of the schools at the following times:

McDowell High School students – 3:30 p.m.
West Junior High students – 4:30 p.m.
East Junior High students – 5:15 p.m.

“The physicians, nurses and staff at McDowell Hospital are very gracious to volunteer their time and provide physicals at no cost to the students. Any athlete who anticipates trying out for a sport is encouraged to take advantage of this free service,” Michelle Bruner, MSc, LAT, ATc, McDowell Hospital and Athletic Trainer at McDowell High School, said. “This is just one way that McDowell Hospital strives to meet the needs of the local community and fulfill Mission Health’s BIG(GER) Aim: to get each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for the patient and family.”

Minors should be accompanied by a parent or guardian and bring a completed eligibility packet to the physical. Students should come dressed comfortably in shorts and a T-shirt, and bring glasses and contacts, if they use them. All students and volunteers will receive a free T-shirt. Physicals are required by the North Carolina school athletic associations.
Volunteers from McDowell Hospital who will be conducting the physicals include:
Angela Allen-Helms, C-PNP
Dale Buchanan, FNP-BC
Jeff Domingus, MD
Ann Marie Johnson, MD
Adam Kinninger, MD
John Montz, MD
Andrea Moore, MD
Courtney Morris, C-PNP
James Quayle, MD
John Riser, PA

For more information or questions, please contact Michelle Bruner at 828-925-0229.

About McDowell Hospital
McDowell Hospital is a Joint Commission-accredited, not-for-profit hospital located in Marion, N.C. Established in 1908, the hospital is licensed for 65 beds and has about 440 employees, including 120 RNs. The hospital is supported by practice service lines that include: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Urology and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Currently five of its primary care practices have been recognized by CMS as Rural Health Clinics, and McDowell Hospital is developing an expanded primary care network for western North Carolina. McDowell Hospital is part of Mission Health, named in 2012 and 2013 as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. Mission Health the only health system in North Carolina to receive this recognition. For more information, please visit

About Mission Health
Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., is the state’s sixth-largest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in western North Carolina. Mission Health was recognized as one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems in 2012 and 2013 by Thomson Reuters and Truven Health Analytics, respectively. Mission Health is one of only two medium-sized health systems to receive this recognition in 2012 and 2013, and the only health system in North Carolina to achieve that distinction.
Mission Health, which traces its roots in the region back to 1885, operates five hospitals, numerous outpatient and surgery centers and the region’s only dedicated Level II trauma center. Its medical staff consists of more than 1,000 physicians and is certified in more than 50 medical specialties and sub- specialties. Mission Health has seven Centers of Excellence: Cancer, Heart, Mission Children’s Hospital, Neurosciences, Orthopedics, Trauma and Women’s Health. Mission Hospital, located in Asheville, is the system’s flagship hospital and is licensed for 730 beds. It is the regional referral center for tertiary and quaternary care. It also includes Mission Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital. Other Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine, McDowell Hospital in Marion and Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard. With approximately 8,800 employees and 700 volunteers, Mission Health is dedicated to improving the health and wellness of the people of western North Carolina. For more information, please visit mission-


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