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Little League Baseball comes to the fore to better take care of the players who compete in the World Series annually.

For this purpose, the officials opened the newly built Player Wellness Center in the Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove in the Little League complex inaugurated.

According to Stephen D. Keener, President and CEO of Little League, the on-site medical clinic will address the growing number of teams attending the annual event.

With two examination rooms and four patient rooms including a medical isolation area, the clinic is a partnership between Little League and UPMC.

“Nobody saw COVID coming” said Keener. “As disappointing as it was last year to cancel the series, this year we wanted to do everything we can to make it happen.”

All teams, including coaches and managers, would now have access to first-class care.

The facility, which replaces the former infirmary, will provide access for staff in the event of an emergency transportation situation.

Keener said the new clinic is likely three times larger than the other site and has state-of-the-art equipment.

He noticed the changes in on-site medical care provided to teams over the years.

He remembered the years when the late Dr. Robert Yasui, a Williamsport doctor, and his wife, a nurse, attended to many of the health needs during the World Series.

“We have certainly come a long way since then” he said.

Now, every August, the World Series games take place at the Little League complex, with doctors, emergency medical staff, on-site nurses and professional sports coaches on hand to provide care.

Steve Johnson, President of UPMC Susquehanna, said that medical students at the World Series will also provide health services.

“So it has really become a huge community initiative”, he said.

Johnson and Keener agreed that the Little League and UPMC partnership was invaluable in improving overall care.

“We are very excited to be opening this remarkable facility and look forward to the important care and expertise that UPMC staff will provide to our World Series participants in August and during the future Little League World Series.” said Keener.

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