The new Sports & Orthopedic Center will see its first patients in March 2020.
What do Baby Boomers have in common with high school athletes? Access to the same advanced care and innovative facilities at the new Baylor Scott & White Ted and Sue Getterman Sports and Orthopedic Center on our Waco campus.
Not just for athletes
Currently, Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest draws orthopedic and sports medicine patients from a 75-mile radius around Waco, including local school districts and Baylor University. When this new facility opens in March 2020, it will have ample resources for these athletes, including an outdoor performance area to enhance physical therapy with sport-specific movements, such as running, cutting, pitching, tumbling, and swinging a golf club.
However, the facility is designed to enhance the health and well-being of the entire community, working to prevent injuries and treat existing injuries with advanced surgical and rehabilitative care.
“It’s not just for football or elite athletes,” says Becky Lindsey, who has volunteered as a nurse as well as a fundraiser throughout the community. “It’s for all athletes. It’s for weekend warriors. It’s for the elderly. It’s really for everyone.”
As former head coach for Baylor University Men’s Basketball, Jim Haller knows the importance of quality sports medicine and orthopedic care for athletes. Now that he is retired, Mr. Haller also appreciates having the same resources available should he ever need them.
“It’s not just for football or elite athletes. It’s for all athletes. It’s for weekend warriors. It’s for the elderly. It’s really for everyone.”Becky Lindsey
“From an athletic perspective, I think this facility, especially the rehabilitation component, is going to be valuable to junior highs, high schools, and college athletics,” he says. “On the other side of things, we have such an active senior population. Seniors are all aware that we’re just one fall away from needing help. It seems like every week I see someone tear something. It’s good to know that if and when it happens to me, I will have this facility and these expert doctors here to help get me back to my regular activities,” he says.
Built on the foundation of a great team
Mrs. Lindsey has operated as a nurse under the direction of Southwest Sports and Orthopedic Medicine for more than a decade, assisting on the sidelines. “I admire this team so much,” she says. “When the opportunity came to help fundraise for this facility, I couldn’t say no.” In addition, Mrs. Lindsey and her husband made a gift to name the main entry. “When you really believe in something and when you’ve seen firsthand what great physicians they are, it’s an easy thing to support,” she says.
Mr. Haller and his wife personally gave to honor the memory of a friend and well-known member of the Southwest Sports and Orthopedic Medicine team, Dr. Juan “Jay” Rodrigo, who first began the Total Joint program at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest in 2011.
“First and foremost, you have to recognize the quality of the physicians, rehab specialists, and researchers here,” Mr. Haller says. “Without Dr. Rodrigo and the entire team at Southwest Sports and Orthopedic Medicine, we wouldn’t even be talking about this facility and all the good it will do for people in our community.”
A long-standing relationship
In recognition of a lead gift and decades of past support, the facility will be named the Ted & Sue Getterman Sports and Orthopedic Center.
Over the years, Mrs. Getterman and her late husband have been great supporters of Baylor Scott & White. They also named the Ted & Sue Getterman Wellness Center.
The Gettermans have been involved in many organizations in the Waco community in both philanthropic and leadership roles. “So many lives have been changed as a result of their unwavering generosity,” says Glenn A. Robinson, president of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Hillcrest. “They have helped shape our hospital into what it is today, and we are honored to receive continued support from Mrs. Getterman.”
“We are so thankful to the Lord for our blessings,” Mrs. Getterman says. “We’ve lived a good life and I hope we have a positive influence, one that will encourage others to reach out and help those in need as well.”