Dr. Gary Pack, Superintendent of Princeton City Schools commented, “Our partnership with Beacon Orthopaedics and The Christ Hospital is pivotal to increasing medical services, training and education to student athletes and staff in the Princeton City School District. The members of the Princeton City School Board are honored to consider Beacon and The Christ Hospital major contributors and partners to the growing Viking family.”
In addition to providing health care services in a district with over 50,000 residents, Beacon Orthopaedics and The Christ Hospital will collaborate with Princeton High School to provide educational opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in health care. This will include the development of a Sports Medicine curriculum, shadowing opportunities, guest lectures by health care professionals, and usage of Beacon’s bio-skills lab where students will be able to supplement their classroom instruction by participating in physician-led cadaveric dissection labs. An employee wellness program for the over 1100 district employees will also be introduced.
Glen Prasser, CEO of Beacon Orthopaedics said, “We are excited to partner with The Christ Hospital in providing outstanding and comprehensive medical care to the Princeton High School community. We are equally excited in providing an expanded offering of educational opportunities for those students who have an interest in the sciences and health care.” Prasser added, “It’s important that businesses step forward and contribute to the education of our youth. Together with The Christ Hospital, we will be able to offer learning opportunities that will be second to none.”
In 2010, the Princeton City School district voted to finance a $120 million construction project providing the brand new Princeton Community Middle School that opened in August of 2013 and new High School, opening August of this year. As Princeton Athletics begins use of their new facilities including 2 auxiliary gymnasiums, an arena style gymnasium, a natatorium, locker rooms, weight rooms and athletic training facilities, they will also enjoy new partners in providing comprehensive health care services for their students.
Herb Caillouet, Executive Director of Musculoskeletal Services at The Christ Hospital said, “It’s a privilege to work with the entire school community to achieve a new level of health career programming for the students. Our partnership goal is to create an environment that provides the ultimate in sports medicine and general health care for all students and staff, while offering progressive enhancements to the District’s educational curriculum to encourage and prepare future physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals of tomorrow.”
Princeton City Schools will join the more than 25 area high schools and colleges who have been receiving care from Beacon physicians since Dr. Edward Kremchek first provided coverage for Moeller High School in 1968.
“For as long as I can remember, Princeton has enjoyed a strong reputation in both athletics and academics”, commented Dr. Timothy Kremchek, who will serve as Medical Director. “We are thrilled to help Princeton continue this excellence as they open their showcase high school and middle school.”