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UnityPoint Health is sending medical personnel to the John Deere Classic

UnityPoint Health volunteers at last year's John Deere Classic
Kristy Phillipson 
UnityPoint Health
UnityPoint Health volunteers at last year's John Deere Classic

Over 40 UnityPoint Health employees are volunteering this week to assist tournament-goers with weather-related illnesses, injuries, and other medical concerns.

“Our medical teams are fully prepared to handle any health concerns that may arise during the tournament, from minor injuries to more serious conditions,” says Andrew Friederich, MD, emergency department physician, UnityPoint Health. “It's all about ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.”

Friederich says the most common injuries are heat-related illnesses, and people can avoid them if they stay hydrated and wear long sleeves.

He says the team will have IVs, medication, first aid kits and AEDs.

UnityPoint Health treats an average of 20 to 30 people during JDC week, according to Marketing Communications Specialist Kristy Phillipson,

"I’d also like to add that spectators can flag down a volunteer for medical assistance if they need it," Friederich said. "We also want to remind people, don’t hesitate to seek medical assistance if you're feeling unwell. It's better to be safe and get checked out by medical professionals."

The volunteer team will also attend the weekend concerts to provide care.

"As long as there is going to be patrons on the golf course, we will be there to support them and help them in any way possible," Friederich said.

Brady is a 2021 Augustana College graduate majoring in Multimedia Journalism-Mass Communication and Political Science. Over the last eight years, he has reported in central Illinois at various media outlets, including The Peoria Journal Star, WCBU Peoria Public Radio, Advanced Media Partners, and WGLT Bloomington-Normal's Public Media.