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When school begins this year, Franklin area athletes will receive care from Angel Medical Center (AMC) instead of Healthworks. The Board of Education unanimously voted to award AMC the district's sports medicine contract to save money.

The school system's previous sports medicine contract called for an athletic trainer to attend all home and away varsity football games for a flat fee and then any other sport coverage such as basketball games, track meets, JV and MMS football games and any playoff game hosted by FHS, at a rate of $22.50 an hour.

In addition to services of the athletic trainer, the previous contract called for $2,500 a year for medical supplies and an additional $2,500 for mandatory coverage for football practices.

Under the new contract with AMC and Mission Sports Medicine (MSM), Franklin High School will be afforded free athletic care from Dr. Mark Moriarty for every football and basketball practice; every varsity football game and free services for both JV and MMS home football games, and Saturday morning treatments for FHS athletes during football season.

AMC and Dr. Moriarty will also provide care at all collision and high risk sporting events such as wrestling, basketball, soccer and softball and will be on call for all other sporting events.

Dr. Moriarty will report to FHS at 1:30 p.m. each day to help with taping and treatment prior to practices and games, a service not previously offered by Healthworks.

AMC and MSM will use Mission hospital's buying power to help FHS develop a proper budget for medical supplies.

The new contract also provides free physicals for all FHS athletes each year. Dr. Moriarty has also pledged to care for athletes regardless if the patient has health insurance.

"This is not about making money for us," said AMC president and CEO Jim Bross. "This is about offering a service to the community. Through our partnership with Mission Hospital, we have an amazing sports medicine program and make it a priority to make those services available to you."

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