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LIBERTY — William Jewell College and Liberty Hospital partnered to provide health care to the Cardinals’ athletic department beginning at the start of the 2019-20 school year, the college announced Friday, Aug. 2.

The Liberty-based hospital is now the exclusive health care provider for the in-town Division II college.

“William Jewell is delighted to be partnering with Liberty Hospital to offer high-quality sports medicine to all of our 400 student-athletes,” William Jewell President Elizabeth MacLeod Walls said in a press release. “The partnership builds upon strengths of two Liberty institutions, allowing each to focus on its core expertise while ensuring the health and vitality of the students we serve.”

Previously, Jewell athletic trainers and strength and conditioning assistants reported to a head athletic trainer and were employees of the college, according to JaeLynn Ellison, assistant athletics director for communication. Now, they will be employees of Liberty Hospital.

“The partnership provides a true medical oversight and health care compliance model,” President and CEO of Liberty Hospital David Feess stated in the release. “We are excited about this collaborative approach.”

Jewell student-athletes now have access to care such as athletic training, strength and conditioning, physical therapy via physicians and orthopedic surgeons, in addition to the perks of no out-of-pocket costs when an athlete is injured during a college-sanctioned sporting event.

“While it is impossible to prevent injuries, we are committed to providing a safe environment that minimizes risks and provides the appropriate support when injuries do happen,” Jewell Director of Athletics Tom Eisenhauer said in the release.

“I am confident this partnership allows us to provide support better than we ever have before.”

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