ST. PETERSBURG AREA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: St. Anthony’s Hospital Team Member Wins Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award

St. Anthony’s Hospital Team Member Wins Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award

St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce recently issued the following announcement.

St. Anthony’s Hospital athletic trainer Erika Miller was recently selected as one of 10 recipients nationwide of the Gatorade Secondary School Athletic Trainer Award for her work at Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg.

Miller, the District 9 winner, was honored at the National Athletic Trainers Association district conference in early March in Atlanta, and also will be recognized at the national conference in June in New Orleans. The school received a $1,000 grant toward the athletic training program along with a package of Gatorade products.

The award recognizes a certified athletic trainer “who has made outstanding contributions in furthering his or her high school athletic care program or the overall profession of Secondary School Athletic Training.’’

Miller’s influence can be measured in the programs she has started since coming to Lakewood in 2004 as part of the St. Anthony’s Hospital Sports Medicine Program. Her initiatives include a student athletic trainer group, a medical academy, and a health squad with community partners to examine issues high school students face.

“What stands out the most,’’ Lakewood Athletic Director Laura Mudd said, “is how much she gets involved with the school and truly cares about the kids. It’s been fun to see the relationships and to see how much the training program has grown.’’

“She works so hard to do the very best she can for the students,” said Ian Payne, rehab services manager at St. Anthony’s Hospital and supervisor of St. Anthony’s Sports Medicine program. “She is a wonderful representative for St. Anthony’s in the community. I’m so very proud of her for winning this award.”

About St. Anthony’s Sports Medicine Program

St. Anthony's Sports Medicine Program consists of a professional team of board-certified orthopedic surgeons, board-certified sports medicine physicians, physical therapists and certified athletic trainers offering treatment and rehabilitation to help weekend warriors and professional athletes get back in the game. As part of the BayCare Health System, St. Anthony’s Sports Medicine Program partners with local high schools providing athletic trainers for a variety of high school sports including football, soccer and baseball. Since it started in 2011, BayCare’s Concussion Prevention and Management Program initiative for student athletes has performed baseline and follow-up testing for more than 9,000 student athletes in Pinellas County. Click on BayCare Sports Medicine to learn more about the program.

About St. Anthony’s Hospital

St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 393-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. St. Anthony’s has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. For more information on St. Anthony’s, call (727) 953-6993 or go to www.BayCare.org/SAH.

About BayCare

BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 15 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions. Inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness. Our mission is to improve the health of all we serve through community-owned, health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. For more information visit www.BayCare.org.

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