SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - As a Mercy orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine, Richard “Rick” Seagrave, MD, understands athletes – when they get injured, he knows they need fast and expert care to get back in the game. For the last 30 years, he’s proven his dedication to delivering exactly that to countless athletes of all ages across southwest Missouri.
Throughout Dr. Seagrave’s career, his reputation as an orthopedic physician has become seamlessly intertwined with his love for sports and his commitment to improving the quality and accessibility of care for athletes. January 27, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame honored his accomplishments by inducting him into the 2013 Class.
Trailblazing for Athletes’ Access to Better Care
Since the early ‘80s, Dr. Seagrave has led the way in developing Missouri’s first undergraduate and graduate degree programs at Missouri State University in Athletic Training. But it wasn’t just college athletes who benefited from his dedication. Realizing the need for better and timelier care for high school athletes, he also helped initiate a program installing trainers in all of our local high schools.
With every effort he’s made to benefit athletes, Dr. Seagrave has focused on building partnerships. In 1986, he and several colleagues led the way in building a relationship with MSU, advocating for the development of the Southwest Missouri Regional Sports Medicine Clinic on the campus. This stand-alone clinic quickly created more demand and a need for a larger facility. Thus, Dr. Seagrave and his colleagues began working on a partnership between MSU and Mercy, and in 1991, the Sports Medicine facility on the Mercy campus was opened and continues to flourish today.
Dr. Seagrave’s dedication goes hand in hand with Mercy’s continued expansion and improved health care services. He has served in many leadership roles, including section chair of Orthopedics for many years and is presently helping to oversee Mercy’s new orthopedic hospital project in southeast Springfield.