Wakulla’s health care providers teamed up to provide free sports physicals to nearly 190 student athletes on Saturday, May 30. This is the second year that the Wakulla Health Care Task Force organized this community service. This year the School District Wellness Council collaborated and contributed greatly to its success.
Dr. Andrea Plagge and Cartier Lammert, ARNP with Tallahassee-Memorial Family Medicine-Wakulla, generously donated their time and service both years. Helping out this year were Dr. Gene Charbonneau, Dr. Howard Kessler, Dr. David Keen with Wakulla Urgent Care & Diagnostic Center, and Dr. Brown and Pam Morgan, ARNP, with Wakulla Medical Center.
Numerous nurses from the Wakulla County Health Department and local medical practices assisted. Lori Lawhon and Kristi Lawhon oversaw the clinic operations. They were assisted at the vision testing and vital signs station by Sherry Bramblett, Christina Hatcher, and Mary Fox. Mary Westbrook coordinated patient flow to and from the exam rooms with help from Debbie Noe, Gayla Espiritu, and Emily Haynie. Lalie Lawhon managed the referral and exit station.
Tanya English and Patricia Johnson coordinated patient intake with help from Joe Sharp and Charlotte Sorrell. Lynn Artz was responsible for planning and organizing the event and solving problems on Saturday. Tanya English worked with coaches and school personnel to schedule a suitable date and coordinate publicity, form distribution, and student participation.
Three local medical practices were represented on Saturday: Tallahassee-Memorial Family Medicine -Wakulla (Plagge, Lammert, Hatcher, Fox), Wakulla Urgent Care & Diagnostic Center (Keen, Johnson, Noe), and Wakulla Medical Center (Brown, Morgan, Espiritu, Haynie). The Wakulla County Health Department also was well represented (Lori Lawhon, K Lawhon, Westbrook, Bramblett, Lalie Lawhon). Dr. Charbonneau, Director of the Liberty County Health Department, and Dr. Howard Kessler, orthopedic surgeon, participated independently. Joe Sharp, Chair of the Wakulla Health Care Task Force, Tanya English, Chair of the School District Wellness Council, and Lynn Artz, event organizer, were present as well. All of these professionals donated their time to provide this free community service.
This article originally published on June 2, 2009.
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