Athletic Trainer Contract Continued….with correction

In yesterday’s post I said Northeast Rehabilitation Hospital Network had a hospital in Salem, NH and indicated nothing more. This was an error from looking too quickly at their website.  I missed a left hand banner that listed many multiple locations.  My apologies.  Both bidders for Timberlane’s athletic trainer service have offices in Plaistow.

This is what NRH lists on its website as its “services offered” in its Plaistow office:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech
  • Vestibular Treatment
  • Work Conditioning

Elsewhere on the site it says:  Northeast Rehab has been involved in athletic training at many area sporting events since 1987. Our in clinic sports medicine rehabilitation services are spread over our many separate satellite locations. Sport specific rehab for a return to activities ranging from little league to dance, can be carried out at any of our outpatient locations.

This is what Access says on its website about its services at its Plaistow clinic (which I confirmed by a call to their office today):

Our sports medicine team consists of fellowship-trained and Board-Certified sports medicine orthopedic surgeons, a primary care sports medicine physician, sports specific physical therapists, and experienced athletic trainers. Our experts are skilled in sports injury prevention and treatment with the goal to get you back on the field or doing what you love to do safely and as quickly as possible.

Sports Medicine is the field of medicine defined by injuries sustained in athletic endeavors, including their prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Access Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics has developed the services needed to deliver highly efficient and integrated care for athletes from the professional to the amateur level.

Specialties Include:

We use the most innovative sports medicine procedures and therapies available including musculoskeletal ultrasound, platelet-rich plasma therapy, and minimally invasive surgical procedures to help you recover more quickly and minimize downtime.

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Now I don’t want to be swept up by a flashy website, but one office seems to offer occupational and physical therapy only while another office offers sophisticated physician services.  Both companies do sports medicine. Dr. Metzler has visited both Plaistow facilities. He reports that both companies’ services meet our stated requirements.  A $6,000 difference in contract bid is significant especially given the modest overall cost of the contracts.  A 28 year history with the district is also significant, but when no documentation can be found in evidence of when this contract was last bid, it is significantly long enough.

For the purposes of full disclosure, I have no personal interest in the outcome of this contract award.  I do not have children in school; I am not associated with any of the companies or their employees; I do not have friends in the athletic department.  I’d just like to see taxpayer money and the bidding process respected – and I feel bad that this decision has landed on Dr. Matzler’s lap when it should be made by the school board.

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