Knoxville — The Knoxville School Board approved an agreement with 21st Century Rehab to provide physical therapy/sports medicine services to athletes. The move comes after the company previously awarded this work informed the district it was unable to fulfill the obligation.
After consideration at a board meeting earlier this year, the contract for these services was awarded to Scot Evans' Associated Therapy Services Corporation. Evans submitted a letter to Superintendent Randy Flack on Aug. 6 which reads, in part, "Our plans to repurpose a VA building with a Physical Therapy/Sports Medicine practice have failed in light of inability to secure a long term lease and we could not locate an adequate building in Knoxville as an alternative."
Evans has provided the School District services for 36 years. He thanked the district for the many years of partnership.
As for 21st Century, several representatives were present at Monday's board meeting, as well as Knoxville Hospital and Clinics CEO Kevin Kincaid. Kincaid said the hospital was in "standby mode" in case something happened with Evans, and the facility is prepared to take on these duties.
21st Century intends to be available for screenings and checkups for football players on Saturday mornings. Earlier detection of any physical ailments is beneficial. Between 21st Century and KHC, there should be at least three medical professionals on Knoxville's sidelines for football games. The company will provide coverage for all home sporting events.
The agreement will cost $1,500 for the year, from Aug. 1, 2013, through June 15, 2014. Additional fees may apply if Knoxville hosts more athletic events than specified in the contract. The agreement is between the school district and 21st Century Rehab.
Look for full reports on the school board meeting in the Aug. 16 Journal-Express.