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Atlantic Sports Health Provides Sports Medicine Service to Now- Co-Ed College of Saint Elizabeth Division III Athletes

September 15, 2016

New Athletic Trainer to Develop Comprehensive Care Management Program

September 15, 2016, Morristown, NJ – As the College of Saint Elizabeth’s welcomes male students for the first time, Atlantic Sports Health, New Jersey’s leader in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries, today announced it will provide enhanced sports medicine support for the College’s male and female Division III athletes.

Under this agreement, Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care organizations in New Jersey, will manage the College’s orthopedic and sports medicine needs, pre-participation evaluations, and other medical services when necessary.

In addition, the partnership also provides the College with a full-time athletic trainer who will help establish and grow the College’s new co-ed athletic department. Michael Pawlusiak, ATC, a certified athletic trainer most recently employed by Rutgers University’s athletic department, will serve as the College's new head athletic trainer and help develop its sports medicine program.  

“We are looking forward to this enhanced partnership which will provide our students with excellent care,” said Juliene B. Simpson, director of athletics for the College of St. Elizabeth. “The sports medicine physicians and athletic trainers from Atlantic Health System have expertise in diagnosing and treating athletes, and we look forward to watching how they optimize our athletes’ performance and increase our victories.”

Atlantic Sports Medicine has been providing the College’s athletic department with sports medicine services for the past three years. Damion Martins, MD, Director of Sports Medicine and Orthopedics for Atlantic Health System, will continue to act as the College’s Medical Director, and Dean Padavan, MD, will continue to serve as the school’s team physician for medical needs on and off the field.

“We are thrilled that the College of Saint Elizabeth’s chose Atlantic Sports Health to support its sports medicine needs as it transitions its already robust athletic program to co-ed,” said Martins. “Our high-quality, patient-centric care will improve the athletes’ outcomes and performance, and ensure their health and safety on and off the field.”

Atlantic Health System owns and operates a hospital system, including five acute care hospitals and related health care facilities staffed by physicians and other medical professionals that provide emergency room, inpatient, outpatient, physical therapy and other medical services, including sports medicine services.

About Atlantic Sports Health

Atlantic Sports Health is New Jersey’s leader in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries, and offers a wide range of world-class care using a comprehensive approach to injury prevention and treatment. Beginners, amateurs, and advanced or professional athletes receive the same attention to detail and expert care from our talented team of clinicians, nurses and physician assistants. Services include sports performance physicals, which are all-inclusive exams, utilizing electrocardiograph (EKG) testing, lab work, imaging and evaluation of muscular balances to develop a complete health and training history. Atlantic Sports Health has highly-trained and experienced physicians, who are experts at diagnosing and treating orthopedic and sports medicine problems. Atlantic Sports Health serves as the flagship Clinical Sports Performance site for Cybex and the Cybex Research Institute, and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.   

About Overlook Medical Center

Overlook Medical Center, based in Summit, NJ, is a recognized leader in neuroscience care and home to some of New Jersey’s top doctors, most compassionate care and most advanced technology and treatments. Atlantic Neuroscience Institute is the region’s leader in neuroscience care, offering a broad range of advanced neurological, neurosurgical and neurodiagnostic services. Overlook Medical Center is home to the Brain Tumor Center of New Jersey and the largest and most experienced CyberKnife program in New Jersey.  Overlook is certified as a Level IV Epilepsy Center and one of 10 sites in the United States to be designated a Tourette Syndrome Association Centers of Excellence.  Overlook Medical Center is the only hospital in New Jersey recognized as one of “America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Stroke Care™ and Critical Care™” in 2016 and New Jersey’s only recipient to receive Healthgrades’ Distinguished Hospital Excellence Award and Stroke Care Excellence Award.  U.S. News & World Report recognizes Overlook Medical Center among the best hospitals in central New Jersey and as a “Best Regional Hospital” for neurology & neurosurgery.   Accredited for behavioral health care by The Joint Commission, Overlook Medical Center is also advanced certified by The Joint Commission as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. The hospital is also Joint Commission-certified in spine surgery, wound care, and primary care medical home (PCMH) for patient-centered, comprehensive and coordinated care.  Overlook Medical Center is nationally accredited by the American College of Surgeons-Commission on Cancer and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.  Overlook Medical Center is part of Atlantic Health System, one of the largest non-profit health care systems in New Jersey.