Brentwood, Tenn. – February 17, 2020 – LifePoint Health®, a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®, and Special Olympics Tennessee have announced a three-year partnership to offer free health screening opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout Tennessee. The partnership will provide free health screenings for vision, hearing, dental, sports physicals and adaptive coping skills to approximately 3,600 Special Olympics athletes across the state each year. Funding from LifePoint Health will result in 27 health screening events over the next three years.
“We are extremely excited to partner with LifePoint Health to provide much needed support to individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout the state of Tennessee,” said Adam Germek, President/CEO of Special Olympics Tennessee. “Not only will this partnership help our athletes’ performance on the field, but it will also have a significant impact on their lives as a whole. Through this partnership, we now have the necessary resources, expertise and community support to ensure that our athletes’ health needs are being met, thereby making our communities stronger and healthier.”
Health screenings will take place throughout the year as part of Special Olympics Tennessee athletic events and in collaboration with select LifePoint Health hospitals. Additionally, each year, LifePoint Health will host a large-scale, multidisciplinary health screening event, called MedFest, at its Health Support Center located in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Special Olympics Tennessee’s Healthy Communities initiatives will be facilitated by LifePoint Health, in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When people with intellectual disabilities are provided the health services they need, it improves equitable access to education, employment, sports and other pathways to achieve full participation in society.
“Partnering with Special Olympics Tennessee is a meaningful opportunity for our organization because it directly impacts our mission of Making Communities Healthier and reinforces one of our company’s core values, which is inclusion,” said David Dill, president and CEO of LifePoint Health. “We are thrilled that our support of this important community organization is going to expand access to care for thousands of athletes and help them reach their health and wellness goals.”
About LifePoint Health®
LifePoint Health is a leading healthcare company dedicated to Making Communities Healthier®. Through its subsidiaries, it provides quality inpatient, outpatient and post-acute services close to home. LifePoint owns and operates community hospitals, regional health systems, physician practices, outpatient centers and post-acute facilities across the country. It is the sole community healthcare provider in the majority of the non-urban communities it serves. More information about the company can be found at www.LifePointHealth.net.
About Special Olympics Tennessee
Special Olympics Tennessee serves more thank 17,000 athletes and hosts more than 250 events in 17 sports annually. Special Olympics Tennessee provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
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