YUKON, Okla. – Mercy Clinic docs have donated $11,000 to the Yukon Athletic Department, after a successful program. Hundreds of Yukon Public Schools high school and middle school students lined up last month to get a “once-over” from Mercy Clinic providers. With coordination help from student athletic trainers, the medical providers checked 800 students to ensure they were clear to participate in extracurricular activities during the upcoming school year.
Mercy Clinic Physicians Brendon McCollom, D.O., Stuart Schrader, D.O., Sean O’Brien, D.O. Julia Reza, M.D., and Greg Dennis, D.O., performed vision and physical screenings on students grades six through 12. Pathways Professional Counseling participated in the clinic to screen students – with parental consent – for childhood depression and other issues.
“This is the third year we have worked with Pathways. They donate their service, which we fully support providing to students,” said McCollom. “We’re seeing teen suicides on the rise in our country – and in our state. We discovered more than 30 students at risk for depression this year. We’re thrilled we’re can connect them to the resources they need for mental wellness.”
The pre-participation physicals are required before students start extracurricular activities at the school. Students could wait until fall to get the screenings, but by attending this clinic they helped raise money for the athletic department.
McCollom knows a lot of the students he checks out during physicals, having served as team physician for Yukon Public Schools for four years. Working with Yukon Trainer Leander Walker, McCollom established this program to provide physicals in a quick, comfortable environment for students, while fulfilling a requirement that helps ensure their wellness.
“Leander, Dr. O’Brien and I saw a real need for this when we started the program, and we’ve been able to help a lot of kids over the years” said McCollom. “The physicals are a must, so we thought about how we could make it easy. It’s convenient for the students to swing by the gym after school, rather than having their parents book a doctor’s appointment and take time from work and school.”
The Yukon High School student sports medicine team coordinated the day-long, two-location clinic. Yukon students paid for the health screenings and the providers waived their fees so all proceeds went to the athletic department. In total, Mercy Clinic helped raise $11,000 for the Yukon Public Schools Athletic Department.
Drs. McCollom and Schrader practice at Mercy Clinic Northwest Family, in Oklahoma City. Drs. Reza and Dennis practice at Mercy Clinic Canadian County.
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