Hughston Foundation Community Support

As a service to our community, the Hughston Foundation is dedicated to educating athletes, coaches and parents regarding the prevention and treatment of sports injuries as well as providing onsite care for injured athletes at all levels of competition. We have a long tradition of helping young athletes prepare for competition, being on the sidelines of Friday night games, offering Saturday morning injury clinics, and sponsoring educational seminars for coaches and parents.

The Hughston Foundation also has a long history of partnerships with area organizations that have a strong impact on our community. These organizations often hold their annual meetings and planning sessions at our facilities and host events on our campus. We also often assist them with community projects. Included among these organizations are the American Cancer Association, American Heart Association, Arthritis Foundation, Chattahoochee Council Boy Scouts of America and The United Way.

The Hughston Orthopedic Hospital presents a bimonthly community education program at the Foundation called the Hughston Healthy Lifestyles Education Series. Among recent topics were how computer technology is being used in the OR to assist in orthopaedic surgeries and presentation of a new minimally invasive surgical technique being used for knee replacements.


Hughston Foundation Sports Injury Clinic

Every Saturday during the fall sports season, Hughston Sports Medicine Fellowship physicians, Hughston Clinic physicians, certified athletic trainers and local physical therapists treat injured high school athletes at Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital. Rather than requiring an athlete to pass an anxious weekend iced and splinted, early injury examination, diagnosis and treatment is given to athletes injured during their Friday night games. Along with their parents, athletes also receive advice on how to better manage their injury the rest of the weekend. These unique Saturday morning sports injury clinics start in August and run through November. Last year, the Hughston sports medicine team treated over 90 high school athletes participating in a variety of sports from the West Georgia and East Alabama region. The Sports Medicine Injury Clinic will be every Saturday starting up on Aug 27  – Nov 5 at the JHMH


Hughston Foundation Sports Coverage

The Hughston Sports Medicine Fellows, physicians of Hughston Clinic, and Hughston Athletic Training Fellows spend a great deal of time on the sidelines of area competitions. Through a special relationship with the Columbus Sports Council, the Hughston Foundation provides care for athletes during sporting competitions and support for the planning and implementation of safety protocols and procedures at sporting events. Whether at the softball fields of South Commons, on the sidelines of a soccer match at the Woodruff Farm Road complex or at a sporting event at the Columbus Civic Center, the Hughston Foundation provides medical coverage to area athletes and spectators. Certified athletic trainers also spend time at many local high schools, working with athletes and teaching health education in the classroom.


Hughston Foundation Pre-participation/Screenings

The Institute of Athletic Health Care and Research is a non-profit research group of the Hughston Foundation. Every year, physicians, Sports Medicine fellows, ATC, Physical therapists, and nurses of the IAHCR screen over 1,500 Columbus-area students as a requirement of the Alabama and Georgia High School Associations plus local private schools for participation in school sports. Students are charged only $10, of which $5 goes back to each participating high school in an account for sports medicine supplies, while the remainder goes to cover the cost of cleaning the hosting high school after the evaluations, paying for the volunteers’ lunches, and supplies for the screening process. The evaluation covers medical history, medical examination, dental, vision, flexibility/strength, fitness and an orthopedic check. If a student fails the evaluation, he or she must see a physician to resolve the health issue discovered during the screening evaluation. In the past, these evaluations have brought to light many conditions, including:

  • Heart murmurs
  • Hypertension
  • Tachycardia
  • Asthma
  • Orthopedic problems

Results from the physicals are added to a growing database used by researchers to study the health of young athletes. Through our volunteers and knowledgeable healthcare professionals, the pre-participation screening program has made a significant impact on the health and safety of the area’s high school athletes.

Wrestling assessments

The Hughston Foundation also continues its partnership with the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) as the regional site for mandated wrestling assessments for local area wrestling programs. The assessment comprises measurements of the athlete’s height, weight, hydration status, and overall body fat percentage. These values are entered into a computer program that determines the safe weight loss amount for that athlete during his or her season. This fall, over 150 high school student athletes from Harris County, Kendrick, Northside, Columbus, Spencer, St. Anne-Pacelli, Chattahoochee County, Webster County, Marion County and Brookstone were administered the wrestling assessments at the Hughston Foundation. The Hughston Foundation and the GHSA are committed to ensuring safe and recommended weight loss for area high school wrestlers.


Hughston Foundation Sponsorship Events

Supporting Local Events
The Hughston Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and proud to support events that make the Chattahoochee Valley a great place to live. We support local events, particularly when we can provide medical coverage or services to protect and enhance the community’s health and welfare. Hughston Sponsors Signing Day 2011 in Auburn. Some 30 high school athletes from east Alabama and the Columbus area attended National Signing Day on February 4, 2011 at the offices of the Opelika-Auburn News. The Hughston Clinic sponsored this special event.  Hughston’s Dr. Champ L. Baker, Jr., was on hand to encourage and congratulate the athletes, all of whom accepted college scholarships to compete in their respective sports. Each athlete was introduced and then publicly signed to play college athletics. Most athletes had family members and coaches with them to share this landmark event. Sponsoring a significant event like National Signing Day is a great opportunity to be a part of the celebration of their hard work and success.

Bi-City Athlete Awards hosted by Hughston
The Hughston Foundation hosted the 2009-2010 Celebration of Sports Excellence Awards, an annual ceremony that honors the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer’s All-Bi-City Athletes and Coaches of the Year. Some 45 high school athletes and coaches received awards at the special event. An audience of more than 150 people packed the Hughston Foundation auditorium to be a part of the event. Dr. Champ L. Baker, Jr.  served as the emcee for the evening. The Hughston Foundation and Hughston Clinic are committed to supporting sports in our communities and are proud to have played a part in recognizing Chattahoochee Valley’s best high school athletes and coaches.

Hughston flies with Honor Flight again
The Hughston Clinic and Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital continue to be the official medical provider for West Georgia Honor Flight, the organization responsible for flying World War II veterans to Washington to visit the National World War II memorial.

The inaugural flight was in September 2009. Two more flights took place in April.

“We will continue to support the Honor Flight as long as it is around,” said Dr. Carl Savory, chairman of the Hughston medical team. “This is a great service to honor our local men and women who served in World War II.”

Second Annual High School Football Awards
In December, the Hughston Foundation cosponsored the Columbus Valley Area High School Football Awards luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Columbus. Fifty high school football players and 20 football coaches from high schools in the west Georgia and east Alabama region were honored.

The Hughston Clinic Offensive Player of the Year Award recipient was Isaiah Crowell from Carver High School in Columbus for the second year in a row. On behalf of Hughston Clinic, Mark Baker, CEO, presented the award. The banquet was organized by Sportsvision on Fox 54 and In the Game High School Sports Magazine.

Events sponsored for the following organizations:

  • AAOHN Occupational Nurses
  • All Bi-City Athletes/Coaches Awards
  • Arthritis Foundation Board
  • Arthritis Foundation’s Aquatic and Exercise Training
  • Calvary Christian High School
  • High School Wrestling Assessments
  • Little Miss Columbus Board
  • Muscogee County PTA Board
  • MCSD- Business Education Advisory Board
  • Northside High School
  • PT Training Course – Postural Respiration
  • Tri-City Wood Bat League Player Education Conference