Central Penn College Honors Select Medical as Business Partner of the Year

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Athletic injuries on the field have taken alarming turns in recent months, as the potentially tragic consequences that can follow a fall or hit play out before the eyes of horrified spectators in the stands. This year, the quick actions of highly trained medical personnel have been spotlighted like never before, as their specialized response not only treats minor sprains, cuts and breaks, but saves lives after traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and sudden cardiac arrest.   

Central Penn College has taken added steps to protect their student-athletes this year, with the support of regional health care MVP Select Medical.

To pay tribute to their generosity, partnership and leadership, more than 100 business, community and college leaders came together at Central Penn College’s Conference Center today to honor the contributions of Select Medical. 

Based in Mechanicsburg, Select Medical owns long-term acute care and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, as well as occupational health and physical therapy clinics. Due largely to their generous support of the athletic training program, Central Penn College chose them as “Business Partner of the Year.”

According to Steve Hassinger, Director of Career Services at Central Penn, Select Medical has offered internships and fieldwork sites to Central Penn students, and hired graduates from nearly every academic program offered by the college, including marketing, physical therapy assistant and occupational therapy assistant. Select Medical has been a consistent presence at recruiting events over the years and has served on the Advisory Council for the Center for Career Services & Development. 

Recently, Select Medical expanded its role to help grow the college’s Athletic Training facility and offerings on campus. 

Select Medical has contributed in these and other ways: 

  • Helped increase the availability of treatment times to student-athletes.
  • Assisted in creating a new formal Athletic Training room on campus. 
  • Donated treatment tables and supplies to the training room for athlete care. 
  • Donated an ice machine to the Athletic Training space.
  • Improved athlete medical care by connecting Central Penn with a team physician through UPMC.

 “This partnership has truly helped to maximize the full intercollegiate experience for countless Central Penn students,” said Kasey Hicks, the college’s Athletic Director.

Human Resources leader Katie Koppenhaver accepted the award on behalf of Select Medical, noting that Select Medical welcomes this partnership and hopes to create a “future filled with limitless opportunities” for students. 

The trainers at Central Penn College include Emily Horn and Katie Olenick. 

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