Mid-Valley Pediatrics to offer free sports physicals on May 18

May 9,2013
Kraig Hoene of Lebanon has seen the value of a free sports physical in more than one way. As dean of students and assistant coach of two sports at Lebanon High School, he has seen families with tight incomes able to get their kids into sports because of a free physical.

As a dad himself, Hoene has benefited by having his own son Jackson receive a free physical last year. Jackson, currently finishing up his eighth-grade year at Seven Oak Middle School, was one of more than one of 50 student athletes to attend the annual free sports physical clinic last year at Samaritan Mid-Valley Pediatrics in Lebanon.

“This is a great service to the community,” Hoene said. “They got a lot of kids through in a short time. It’s so much more convenient than making an appointment.”

Samaritan Mid-Valley Pediatrics will offer its 2013 free sports physicals on Saturday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to noon at the clinic, 701 N 5th Street, Suite C-1020. Dana Kosmala, DO; Rich Ames, DO; and Christi Miller, MD, will perform the physicals on a first-come, first-served basis.

All student athletes must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A standard sports physical takes 15 to 20 minutes.

“We want every student to have a chance to participate in sports if they want,” Kosmala said. “So we offer this clinic one Saturday a year to remove any barriers they might have to get the physical they need to participate.”

Lorlee Engler, also of Lebanon, took her son Owen for a free physical last year so Owen could play Pop Warner football. “I really appreciate it,” she said. “We took our kids in the past, when my husband was laid off in 2008. It’s fantastic.”

For more information, call the clinic at 541-451-7820.