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Photo caption: (from left): Paula Baker, CEO of Freeman Health System, Dr. Jeff Hale, president of NEO A&M College, and Joel Hart, president of Integris. Photo caption: (from left): Paula Baker, CEO of Freeman Health System, Dr. Jeff Hale, president of NEO A&M College, and Joel Hart, president of Integris.

NEWS RELEASE ISSUED SEPTEMBER 3, 2013 BY NORTHEASTERN A&M COLLEGE (NEO)

Freeman Health System and Integris partner with NEO

Miami, Okla. – Once again, Northeastern A&M College (NEO) is a trendsetter. Freeman Health System and Integris Baptist Regional Health Center have partnered with NEO to serve as the official sports medicine providers for the school's intercollegiate athletic programs. NEO is the first two-year school in Oklahoma to offer these services.

"You can recruit great athletes. You can get great coaches and build on those traditions. It's hard for us to do that in our field, but when we have this kind of support and we have this kind of backing, it helps us build the infrastructure for the care of these athletes that is unmatched," said Mike Barlow, head athletic trainer at NEO.

Dr. James Boyle, a member of the Freeman System since 2010, is designated as NEO's official school orthopedic physician under the agreement.

He will come to campus one afternoon a week.

"This new arrangement gives us the chance to really provide services at a level that heretofore we couldn't even come close to providing," NEO president Dr. Jeff Hale said during a Friday luncheon in the Crossland Complex to announce plans.

Boyle, who was an offensive tackle at Maryland, has worked with the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox.

He completed his undergraduate education at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; medical education at State University of New York, Buffalo, N.Y., and his residency at Albany (N.Y.) Medical Center Hospital.

Boyle also completed a fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, Mass.

"Having Dr. James Boyle as part of our orthopedic sports medicine staff … wow!" Barlow said. "This guy is amazing. I have only been around him a couple of times, but he's the type guy I want here every day."

Barlow said Matthew Falor has been added as an assistant trainer and will work with Leland Hanson and Matt Brannon of the Integris Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine staff.

Integris BRHC president Joel Hart noted that both the hospital and NEO opened their doors the same year, 1919.

"We've had a long relationship with NEO and this takes it to a whole new level with our working with Freeman in the partnership," Hart said. "So many great things are going to happen here. We are looking forward to being a part of it."

And said Freeman Health Systems CEO Paula Baker, "We are excited to have this partnership. We want to do everything possible to make this a very successful venture."

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