Thursday, July 16, 2009

Police Athletic League and Concentra partner to offer free physicals to kids


The Police Athletic League (PAL) and Concentra Medical Centers will team up Saturday to offer free physical examinations for inner-city children.

About 80 PAL members ages 8 to 18 are expected to be seen by two doctors and about eight other Concentra staff members from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at the medical center at 200 Southwest Boulevard. Children will be transported from the PAL Center at 1801 White to Concentra. All current PAL members and any children who want to join PAL are welcome. Those interested in joining can call 816-482-8792 to sign up.

Concentra is donating its services. The physicals they will receive typically cost about $25 each. The physicals will conform to the standards of the Missouri State High School Activities Association and can be used for participation in those activities. Each child will be seen by a physician and have a medical history and vital signs taken. The PAL children also will have their height and weight measured, receive vision tests and other medical examinations.

Concentra is the Kansas City Police Department’s occupational healthcare provider. Steven Thompson, Concentra’s Downtown Center Operations Director, said he thought donating physicals to the children served through the Police Athletic League would be a great opportunity to serve the community.

“I’ve been familiar with PAL for a long time, and it’s a great program,” Thompson said.

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