announced a new alliance in the sports medicine service during a news conference today at State Mutual Stadium.

The partnership aligns certified athletic trainers, physicians and emergency personnel while streamlining overall communications between the organizations.

Sports medicine patients will now have access to a more comprehensive care plan increasing the speed of diagnosis and treatment timelines.

Meanwhile Advance Rehab and Redmond Regional will continue to provide separate and independent rehabilitation clinics through the region.

The new program will offer the availability of Redmond EMS first aid and emergency care coverage at all partner school football games.

Those partner schools include Pepperell High School, Model High School, Berry College, Unity Christian, St. Mary’s Catholic School, Cedartown High School, Trion High School, Chattooga County High School and Adairsville High School.

The program will also prevent duplications of tests, questions and efforts in the event an athlete requires further treatment in a medical setting.

“This new partnership will allow us to offer a sports medicine program that can leverage tremendous resources to serve athletes, parents, schools and the participating medical community,” says Keith Thompson, partner with Advance Rehab. “We are very excited to have the opportunity to take an already successful and long standing sports medicine program in the area to the next level.”

Carlton Ulmer, chief operating officer at Redmond, said with the move “we are better equipped than ever to meet needs of patients with sports injuries. No athlete wants to deal with an injury however in the unfortunate case they do, they now have even better resources to assist them in returning to the field at 100 percent.”

Advance Rehabilitation is a large, private and locally-owned physical therapy practice providing rehabilitation services. Advance provided sports medicine and athletic training for 10 schools throughout Northwest Georgia.

Redmond Regional Medical Center is a 230 bed facility, serving as a referral source for all of northwest Georgia and parts of Alabama. Including its healthcare partners, Redmond has over 245 physicians with more than 30 specialties and a support staff of approximately 1,300 associates.