St. Vincent Partners with D1 Sports Training

by Mark Carter  on Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012 3:05 pm  

Ben Faires of D1 Sports, center, with Lee Maris of Bank of Little Rock, left, and Patrick Schueck, right, of Schueck Steel. (Photo by Mike Pirnique.)

St. Vincent Health System announced Thursday that it has entered into an athletic training partnership with D1 Sports Training.

D1 is based in Nashville, Tenn., and has 16 locations across the country including a 20,000-SF facility off Cantrell Road in west Little Rock that includes a 60-yard, indoor turf field.

St. Vincent will become an equity partner in D1 Little Rock, according to a news release, and provide sports therapy services specializing in rehabilitation of athletic injuries. It also will provide orthopaedic surgeons through St. Vincent Orthopaedic Institute to treat athletes with injuries beyond the scope of a sports therapist.

No financial details were released.

"D1 brings to this relationship an elite sports performance training center in Little Rock that has grown dramatically over the last four years," Peter Banko, president and CEO of the St. Vincent system, said in the news release. "The coming together of D1 and St. Vincent will create the development of an improved health and wellness initiative unlike any other in central Arkansas."

Nationally, D1 has partnerships with well known athletes such as Tim Tebow, Kevin Durant, Peyton Manning, A.J. Hawk, Herschel Walker and Chipper Jones.

The Little Rock D1 franchise ownership consists of Life CHAMPS Youth Sports owner Steve Snider, former boxing champ Jermaine Taylor of Little Rock and former Razorback football standout Mike Boschetti. Another former Razorback football great, current Pulaski Academy assistant coach Anthony Lucas, is the former director of the Little Rock facility.

"We are very excited about our new partnership with St. Vincent," Snider said. "Together, we are committed to being the leader in sports training and therapy. We believe that bringing our unique resources together will be a win for both organizations as well as the people of central Arkansas."

Banko recently told the 2012 Arkansas Business Health Care Symposium that the environment resulting from the Affordable Care Act would force providers to forge more partnerships.

In addition to its deal with D1, St. Vincent is exploring a partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.



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