Kings Hammer selects COC, St. Elizabeth, and TriHealth for Sports Medicine Services

Kings Hammer Soccer has selected Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and TriHealth to provide Sports Medicine services for its players and events.  TriHealth will provide athletic trainers and physician access at Kings Hammer events in Ohio, and Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers and St. Elizabeth will do the same at Kings Hammer events in Kentucky.

Kings Hammer is a non-profit organization with the mission of developing soccer players “to their fullest potential, and through the game, to help each player grow as a person and as an individual.”  With more than 25 years of history, Kings Hammer has grown to serve more than 1800 players ages 7-18 and their families at facilities in Ohio and Kentucky throughout the year.  Kings Hammer Executive Director Dave McIver said, “By working with these three healthcare organizations, we will be able to provide consistently high quality sports medicine care to all of our players, regardless of where they are playing.  Parents can be assured their players will receive the attention they deserve.”

James T. Bilbo, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician with Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers, has a long history with Town & Country.  “This is a natural fit for Commonwealth.  We’re already involved with Town & Country, and with 19 doctors specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, and other orthopedic surgeries, we’re excited to provide care as needed for Kings Hammer players.”  Commonwealth’s Edgewood location features an After-Hours Injury Clinic that is designed to treat urgent orthopaedic injuries and conditions during evening hours weekdays and on Saturday mornings.  Currently with 5 Northern Kentucky offices, Commonwealth will open its newest location in the Florence/Union area at the end of the year.

 “With our shared commitment to providing the best quality healthcare, TriHealth is excited to partner with St. Elizabeth and Commonwealth,” said Bob Pritts, Administrator of Musculoskeletal & Rehabilitation Services for TriHealth. “Over the last two decades, TriHealth has established a comprehensive team of physicians, nurses, athletic trainers and paramedics to provide medical care for hundreds of thousands of participants and spectators at events across Cincinnati, including Cincinnati Reds games, Xavier University games and the Bunbury Music Festival. We look forward to providing care for Kings Hammer players, coaches and fans, and continuing innovative collaborations like this with St. Elizabeth.” Nationally recognized for quality and patient satisfaction, the TriHealth Orthopedic & Spine Institute is comprised of nearly 50 physicians at 40 locations across the region specializing in orthopedic surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, hand surgery, and neurosurgery; hospital-based services, ranging from arthroscopy to joint replacement; Musculoskeletal and Rehabilitation Services; Sports Medicine; and Event Medicine.

Kings Hammer’s home in Kentucky is located at the Town & Country complex in Wilder. “We have been engaged in sports medicine for 26 years, and include Town & Country as one of our essential locations,” said Ed Dobrzykowski, PT, DPT, ATC, director of system rehabilitation and sports medicine. “We are excited to have this additional opportunity to further extend our comprehensive medical services and expertise of our athletic trainers for immediate evaluation and assessment of Kings Hammer athletes.”

St. Elizabeth Healthcare operates six facilities throughout Northern Kentucky — Edgewood, Florence, Ft. Thomas, Covington, Grant and Falmouth. It also has vast resources to serve the Greater Cincinnati area, including almost 1,200 licensed beds, a physician organization which includes more than 97 primary care and specialty office locations, more than 1,200 physicians with admitting privileges, almost 7,300 associates including St. Elizabeth Physicians, more than 1,200 volunteers, three freestanding imaging centers and two outpatient ambulatory surgery centers. St. Elizabeth Healthcare is sponsored by the Diocese of Covington and with St. Elizabeth Physicians, provided more than $106 million in uncompensated care and benefit to the community in 2012. For more information, visit