The Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine facility at the Richmond Medical Center is now better equipped to treat local athletes following a recently completed renovation and expansion, the hospital recently reported.
The facility features a new outdoor observation track area and renovated gym with new technology therapy equipment, according to Jay Murphy, Kaiser Permanente’s National Facility Services Support Services Administrator and Capital Projects Team Manager.
The renovation, which took about two years to complete, enables orthopedic surgeons, primary care providers, and physical therapists to work under one roof and provide integrated care for local athletes suffering from sports injuries, according to Dr. Joshua Hatch, an orthopedic surgeon at the Richmond Sports Medicine facility who specializes in sports-related injuries to the shoulder and knee.
“The greatest aspect of the renovation is that we can deliver multidisciplinary care at multiple levels,” said Dr. Hatch.
The new outdoor space will enable real-time patient observation, such as seeing how an athlete throws or kicks a ball so work can then be done on improving and correcting their mechanics, he added.
About 200 referrals per month are serviced at the renovated facility, which can now accomodate more staff, according to Kaiser Richmond.
“Sports are very important to the community of Richmond,” said Physical Therapist Ryan Bennett. “It’s a healthy and great outlet for the youth of Richmond and it’s really great to open this new space to them.”
To read the full report about the newly transformed facility, visit Kaiser Richmond’s news site here.