- 29 Jan
Everyone knew the new Horsemen’s Health System launched by the MTHA and Maryland Jockey Club last September was needed, but no one anticipated how quickly patient numbers would rise or how successful the program of new services provided by MedStar doctors would be.
In the four months since Sept. 12, when the new professional quarters at Laurel Park were opened, more than 275 patients have been treated by MedStar physicians for issues as simple as the common cold to those as complicated as the trauma suffered by jockeys falling from their mounts.
“So far, this is probably the most helpful program I’ve seen,” says Mike Hopkins, executive director of the Maryland Racing Commission. “The partnership they’ve created [among the MJC, MTHA and MedStar] is the most productive and professionally run I’ve seen anywhere in the country. The individual record-keeping is tremendous; the availability of doctors to see patients on a regular basis; the rapid access to the MedStar network for things that can’t be dealt with at the racetrack; the welcoming atmosphere; the doctors on a regular schedule, allowing the development of doctor-patient relationships; and the electronic record-keeping that is portable – I really think this is a model program for the country and should be a standard.”