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    PULLMAN, WA—The annual fundraiser in support of Pullman Regional Hospital’s Athletic Training Program—serving four local high schools—is slated for Friday, August 4 at Red Barn Farms in Colton, WA.


    The event, 5th Quarter Rally, is being hosted by Pullman Regional Hospital Foundation Board member Ty Meyer and his wife, Kay, who own Red Barn Farms. A volunteer committee is planning the event and includes Foundation Board Members Connie Newman (Committee Chair), Ken Casavant, Dr. Rick Emtman, Jean Logan, Ty Meyer, Amy Rogers, and Jerman Rose.


    The event begins at 5pm with a social and hosted bar, followed by a BBQ and impact stories from local student-athletes, coaches and athletic trainers. Tickets are $100 and must be purchased in advance online at


    Through the hospital’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence, full-service athletic training care is provided for more than 750 student-athletes at Colton, Garfield-Palouse, Potlatch and Pullman High Schools. Certified athletic trainers, employed by Pullman Regional Hospital, are embedded in each school; they see all student-athletes for injury prevention and treatment, concussion management and work with local physicians to fast-track healthcare.


    “This program and the individualized attention we can provide kids is crucial to keeping them healthy, safe and active,” said Dr. Ed Tingstad, Chief Medical Officer for Pullman Regional Hospital and Orthopedic Surgeon. “Six years ago, we started the regional high school athletic training program to bring accessible, exceptional healthcare to our youth. We have an extraordinarily supportive and generous community; more physicians have joined us, and philanthropy is keeping this program sustainable. The care provided to our kids at no charge is a game changer for many in our communities.”


    During the 2022-2023 school year, the team of athletic trainers provided around 6,000 treatments. Through the athletic training program, up to $200,000 in care was provided at no additional cost to the school or parents. All assessments at the schools, taping, stretching and evaluations provided by the athletic trainers are done free of charge.


    “Without philanthropy, this program is not possible,” said Wayne Druffel, longtime program supporter and local farmer. “Every dollar donated comes back to our kids tenfold. With a team of medical professionals at the ready, parents and grandparents can have peace of mind—which is priceless. This is an investment in our future, and we want everyone to be part of it.”


    Learn more online:


    Contact: Alison Weigley, Director of External Relations

    Pullman Regional Hospital

    Office: (509) 332-2041 / Cell: (509) 330-0242

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