Humboldt General Hospital Donates Over 100 Free Physicals

Saturday, July 27, area athletes took full advantage of the chance to get a free physical examination from Humboldt General Hospital.

For the fifth year in a row, HGH offered free sports physicals to all Lowry High School, McDermitt High School, Winnemucca Junior High School and Humboldt County youth organization athletes who will participate in football, basketball, soccer, dance team and cheerleading, volleyball, golf, cross country, track, wrestling, baseball and softball.

In all, 135 youth took part.

John Whittaker, D.O. and Leonard Perkinson, M.D. were on staff for this year's event.

Dr. Perkinson said, "The biggest reason I wanted to be a part of the physicals was to give back to the community that has so warmly welcomed my family and me."

Dr. Perkinson continued, "I also have a big love for sports, adolescent medicine and sports medicine, so I had a ton of fun doing the physicals and getting to meet so many of the young people here in Winnemucca."

A small army of other staff members were also on hand to make sure the day went smoothly, including Louis Mendiola, Gricelda Soto, Fergus Laughridge, Kevin Grannis, Alma Jimenez, Emily Goldman, Charles Paddock, Brittany Phillips, Alan Stroeve, John Foster, Dillon Angus, Tyler Ramirez, Cayla Hill and Trace Hawkins.

Sports physicals traditionally cost $100 or more from providers. "So this was about a $15,000 donation to the community," said Humboldt General Hospital CEO/Administrator Jim Parrish, "but it's a donation we are happy to make to ensure the good health of these young athletes."

Free physicals are only offered during each year's sports physical clinic and are not available free of charge from HGH providers at any other time.

"Hopefully this continued event once again eases parents' out-of-pocket expense," said Parrish. "We're proud of our youth and want them to be successful in all they do."