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Published 12/11/2020

(Springdale, Ark.) Nov. 12, 2020 – Arkansas Children’s Northwest and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Orthopedics Northwest are launching a pediatric sports medicine program expanding access to care for athletes at partnering high schools in the region.

This partnership includes clinical coverage at Arkansas Children’s Northwest by fellowship-trained UAMS sports medicine specialists, as well as sports medicine coverage on the sidelines and practices at local high schools – all drawing on the expertise of specialists already well-known to the community.

The program is another way Arkansas Children’s Northwest continues to fulfill its promise to grow with the region and develop programs that meet its unique needs.

“Caring for student athletes in our area is directly tied to our mission of championing children by making them better today and healthier tomorrow,” said Trisha Montague, Chief Administrator of Arkansas Children’s Northwest and Interim Chief Operating Officer for the Arkansas Children’s system. “Working closely with trusted local orthopedic and sports medicine providers means more kids will be able to get the care they need close to home from established physicians who have long supported athletes in Northwest Arkansas.”

Orthopedic surgeon, sports medicine specialist and Fayetteville native Wes Cox, MD, leads UAMS Orthopedics Northwest.

Other members of the group include former Arkansas Razorback team physicians Ramon Ylanan, MD, and Larry Balle, MD, both primary care physicians fellowship-trained in sports medicine. Drs. Patrick Shea Brannan, Tyler CarlLee, Navin Kilambi, and Chad Songy round out the group as orthopedic surgeons. All providers will have privileges at Arkansas Children’s Northwest. All providers in this group also hold the title of assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine.

“As the sports medicine providers of choice for many student athletes in Northwest Arkansas for more than a decade, we are thrilled to partner with Arkansas Children’s Northwest to help care for more kids in our area,” Cox said. “Combining the pediatric expertise and facilities at Arkansas Children’s Northwest with our sports medicine fellowship-trained providers and community-established relationships is a huge win for student athletes in our home community.”

As part of this program launch, Arkansas Children’s Northwest also provides sports medicine coverage at Farmington and Fayetteville school districts with plans for further expansion in the near future. By employing athletic trainers and providing quick access to specialized medical care for student athletes, the commitment helps students get back in the game as quickly as safely possible.

Arkansas Children’s Northwest’s state-of-the-art facility, opened in 2018 with generous community support, offers everything a student athlete may need for injury diagnosis, treatment and recovery, including imaging (MRI, X-ray, ultrasound), clinical treatment areas, surgery and physical therapy.

This sports medicine program is just one way Arkansas Children’s and UAMS are showing their commitment to child health in our region.