St Luke’s, Moravian Academy Partner in Sports Medicine

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The St. Luke’s Anderson campus pictured above is part of the St. Luke’s University Health Network. The hospital is located at the intersection of Rt. 33 and Freemansburg Avenues in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County. (Contributed Photo)

St Luke’s University Health Network and Moravian Academy have announced a partnership that will provide comprehensive sports medicine and healthcare services to members of the Moravian Academy family.

“The unique potential of this partnership, particularly in terms of what it offers students, is really exciting,” said Adrianne Finley Odell, Principal of Moravian Academy, which has campuses in the City of Bethlehem and the Bethlehem Community. “As we are already seeing, amazing things happen when two leading Lehigh Valley institutions come together with a shared commitment to our communities.”

Announced on November 1, the 10-year contract includes integrated health components beyond the realm of traditional sports medicine and represents an extension of a strong partnership formed in 2016.

“Unique hands-on educational experiences for students resulting from the partnership between St Luke’s and Moravian Academy,” said Dylan Deal, Director of Merle-Smith Campus. “Just last spring, anatomy and physiology students toured the Venel Institute, where they learned about cadavers and assisted in the dissection of a human shoulder under the guidance of a St. Luke’s orthopedic sports medicine doctor. As the partnership continues, we will also be able to incorporate opportunities like these into the curriculum for a transformative student experience.”

As the largest sports medicine provider in the Lehigh Valley and a top 100 teaching hospital, St. Luke’s is uniquely positioned to provide the services and education required by the Moravian Academy, said John Hauth, senior network administrator for sports medicine at St. Luke’s.

“St. Luke’s is honored to have been given this opportunity to grow and grow its relationship with Moravian Academy,” said Hauth. “St. Luke’s and Moravian Academy share a vision of providing innovative programs and opportunities to all of their students and community.

“One of the strengths of our sports medicine program is the access to our team of fellowship-trained physicians, licensed athletic trainers, athletic performance coaches and physical therapists,” he added. “Furthermore, we have integrated our outstanding colleagues from Medical Education, Community Health and Preventive Medicine, and Behavioral Medicine/Health to further strengthen this relationship.”

The contract expands the classic sporting component to include a health-wellness aspect.

“We are delighted to continue and strengthen our partnership with St Luke’s,” said Manny Oudin, Moravian Academy’s sporting director. “Our sports programs, physical education students and coaches have benefited greatly from our relationship. We look forward to the next set of opportunities for our sports programs, the development of educational programs for our community and the development of additional partnerships between the Moravian Academy and St Luke’s.”

According to Hauth, St. Luke’s works with its partners to promote a “fit for life” vision and create opportunities for people of all ages to stay physically active.

“Working with the Moravian Academy will result in facilities and programs that support this vision,” he said. “We are doing everything we can to prevent illness and injury in this school community.”

Note: This local health news is brought to you in partnership with St. Luke’s University Health Network.

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