Bellin, De Pere Schools enter partnership


DE PERE — Bellin Health and the Unified School District of De Pere have entered into an agreement enabling the health care system to continue its long-term athletic training relationship with De Pere student athletes.

Under the agreement – effective through the 2010 school year – licensed athletic trainers from Bellin Health will work with the district’s high school athletes providing measures for prevention, assessment, treatment and referral of athletic injuries, along with athletic performance training. These services are provided at no cost to the athletes, the school or the community.

“We’re pleased to continue our 20-year relationship with the school district,” said Chad Carter, one of the two licensed athletic trainers dedicated to De Pere High School. “Bellin’s philosophy is to engage individuals in their lifelong journeys toward optimal health. Through this partnership, we are providing the tools these young people need to achieve their health and fitness goals now and in the future.”

The athletic trainers have established hours at the school, as well as providing practice and game coverage, all helping to build trusted relationships with the athletes and coaches. In addition, the trainers provide their telephone numbers when not at the school or event, and athletes have access to Bellin’s 24/7 Sports Medicine Hotline for immediate assistance from a licensed athletic trainer.

Another component of the agreement – random drug testing – will help enforce De Pere High School’s Co-Curricular Code of Conduct. Enacted by the Unified School District of De Pere Board of Education in May, the code of conduct requires students choosing to participate in co-curricular activities to consent to random suspicionless drug testing. Bellin Health will administer the testing for the district.

“We have a responsibility to deter our students from using drugs and to provide assistance to those who have made bad choices,” said principal Annette Brace. “Given our past relationship with Bellin and the resources they have to offer, we felt comfortable turning to them to assist us following the decision to enact the code of conduct.”

Bellin Health’s Drug Testing Program is accredited by the Drug & Alcohol Testing Industry Association, an industry leader. The health system has also provided De Pere students, parents, staff and faculty with access to a 24/7 Drug & Alcohol Hotline staffed by licensed AODA providers.

To further assist in the transition, Bellin’s licensed athletic trainers based at De Pere High School participated in student and parent educational sessions regarding the new code.