Youth Sports Medicine Institute to Open in Centennial

Top Quote New division of HealthONE's Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children family of hospitals focuses on adolescent athletic care and concussions. End Quote
  • Denver, CO (1888PressRelease) October 06, 2010 - HealthONE's Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children announced today the opening of the new Youth Sports Medicine Institute at The Centennial Medical Plaza in Centennial. The Institute will host a community open house Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at their office at Centennial Medical Plaza at Dove Valley.

    The Youth Sports Medicine Institute was founded and will be led by Dr. Brooke Pengel, Medical Director, and Dr. John Polousky, Surgical Director. The state-of-the-art facility is designed for the specialty care of student-athletes from when they begin playing sports thorough their teen years.

    The facility has special radiology equipment, sports injury and performance research, as well as same-day availability for patient consultation. The Youth Sports Medicine Institute will focus on the major sports injuries such as torn ACL's and pulled muscles to the more rare cases such as dislocated kneecaps.

    "It is our goal to make this the best and most innovative adolescent sports medicine facility in the region," said Dr. Pengel. "In addition to providing a full range of services to young athletes, our concussion research program rivals any in the nation for brain trauma care."

    The growing concern regarding the affect of head trauma for young athletes led to the development of the Concussion Management Program for Student-Athletes. The program will be led by Dr. Karen McAvoy, clinical psychologist and author of REAP (Reduce/Educate/Accommodate and Pace), a community-based concussion management and education model and was championed by Sue Kirelik, MD, from Sky Ridge Medical Center. The REAP model is the first in the nation of its kind and partners schools with hospitals and physicians to prevent the often serious side effects from concussions through education and support of teachers, coaches and school nurses.

    Dr. Pengel is a board-certified physician with an additional certification in Sports Medicine. She received a Doctor of Medicine from the Connecticut School of Medicine and conducted her residency at the University of Connecticut Children's Medical Center and her Chief-Residency at Children's Hospital in Denver.

    Dr. John Polousky is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with a sub-specialty in orthopedic sports medicine. He received his medical degree from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, completed a residency at The Cleveland Clinic and an orthopedic fellowship at the Children's Hospital in Denver. He also has additional specialty training in complex limb reconstruction.

    The community open house on Oct. 16 will provide members of the youth sports community a unique opportunity to look at how comprehensive services can help student athletes play injury free and reach their full potential. Dr. McAvoy, Dr. Pengel and Dr. Polousky will provide information for parents and coaches on sports-specific injury prevention. Brunch will be served.

    For more information about the Youth Sports Medicine Institute or the community open house, visit

    About Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children
    Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) is a regional resource for specialty pediatric care founded in 1977 by private practice pediatric specialists at HealthONE's Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center in Denver. Today, RMHC provides trusted care from within six HealthONE facilities throughout the Denver metro area and in specialty pediatric outreach centers in Douglas County, Colo., Broomfield, Colo., and Casper, Wyo. It is the trusted choice of pediatric and pre-natal care for Denver families. The Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children campus at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center is home to the region's largest and busiest neonatal intensive care. It is the only center in the region that offers both high-risk pregnancy care and neonatology on one campus - keeping mothers and babies together in the same hospital for optimal care. Patients are cared for by only board-certified or board-eligible physicians to provide the highest level of care.

    About HealthONE
    HCA-HealthONE LLC is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with 8,500 employees and 3,000 affiliated physicians. Named Colorado's "Best Company for Working Families -- large business category," in 2004, 2005 and 2006, the health system was created in 1995 as a 50/50 joint venture between non-profit The Colorado Health Foundation (formerly HealthONE Alliance), Colorado's 2nd-largest charitable foundation, and various affiliates of HCA.

    HealthONE includes: The Medical Center of Aurora and Centennial Medical Plaza; North Suburban Medical Center; Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center and Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children; Rose Medical Center; Sky Ridge Medical Center; Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital; Swedish Medical Center and Swedish Southwest ER; 11 ambulatory surgical centers; more than 30 occupational medicine/rehabilitation, Broncos Sports Medicine, specialty, and outpatient diagnostic imaging clinics; and AIRLIFE, which provides critical care air and ground transportation for a seven-state region.

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