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Picture, if you will, a premier medical facility nestled on a picturesque college campus. Inside, students get hands-on clinical experience while exploring and pursuing a variety of careers in the healthcare field. A medical director and physicians provide care to students and community residents alike. Student athletes have quick access to training, care and rehabilitation. This must be a large public university, like the University of Michigan or Michigan State University, right? No. It’s Adrian College. round was broken recently on the Adrian College Medical Clinic, a $2.2 million, 10,000-square-foot building located off Charles Street between Arrington Arena and Docking Stadium that will benefit both the campus and the community. It’s expected to be completed in spring 2017. To say this kind of facility is unique to a small, private liberal arts college is an understatement. “I don’t think you’ll find a model like this elsewhere on a college campus our size in the nation,” said Dr. Tina Claiborne, chair of Adrian College’s exercise science and athletic training department and director of the College’s athletic training program. “This raises the bar and puts us in the same league as the big schools.” The idea for this development was introduced by Claiborne following a 2011 trip to Boston University, where she witnessed one in action. Claiborne believes athletic training should be a health profession that works with athletes, rather than a sports profession that happens to practice medicine. Claiborne suggested to Adrian College President Jeffrey R. Docking that the College Takiyah Smith, ­Junior Health Care Field of Interest: Nursing



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hire a medical director and follow a medical model in which athletic trainers answer to physicians rather than supervisors who aren’t medical professionals. Docking thought this was a good idea and then applied his usual creative, outof-the-box thinking to come up with this facility, which is a community and college collaboration that very likely will attract new students to campus. Partnering in the Adrian College Medical Clinic is ProMedica, the area’s primary healthcare provider. ProMedica physicians Dr. Aaron Gornowicz and Dr. Eric Leikert, family practice and sports medicine specialists, will staff the clinic, along with the school nurse. Services are available to college students, staff and faculty, as well as all community residents. “This will help ProMedica and Adrian College together be the hub for not only sports medicine but good medical care in general,” Leikert said. “We can be leaders in delivering this kind of care and seeing this kind of relationship develop with a college and a health system.” The partnerships don’t stop there, though.

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