Lehigh Regional Medical Center has agreed to continue the support of the athletic program at Lehigh High School, by providing a full-time athletic trainer for the school's athletes, as it has for the past several years.
It is required by the Florida High School Athletic Association that schools have a trainer at home events for major sports-football and basketball. However, Lehigh High School is the only school to have a full-time trainer and Lehigh Regional is the only health care facility in Lee County to provide the service.
Melissa Mathis has recently joined the staff of Lehigh Regional Sports and Rehab at Lehigh Regional, and is now the athletic trainer at Lehigh High School. She has bachelor's in kinesology, athletic training from Northern Illinois University and completed her internship at the University of Hawaii-Hilo.
She worked for more than three years at ATI Physical Therapy in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas, working with Rich East High School, Chicago Bandit's Professional Softball, Brew City Bruises, Milwaukee Roller Derby, soccer club, and gymnastics. She also performed functional medical evaluations and was a director of the work conditioning program.
"I can't tell you how much we appreciate the support of Lehigh Regional," Lehigh High School Principal Jackie Corey said. "We are very fortunate to have such a community minded hospital in Lehigh. Many of our athletes have already benefited greatly by having Melissa here during practices and games."
Orthopedic surgeon Peter Curcione is the official team doctor and is assisted by Dan Delmont.
"I am very proud to have the opportunity to provide this service to our young athletes," Joanie Jeannette, chief executive officer of LRMC, said. "Dr. Curcione is the chief of staff at our hospital, and with Melissa on board we have a great team to take care of the students at Lehigh High School."