Northstar opens sports injury clinic |

Northstar opens sports injury clinic

Skiers and snowboarders who bail on the slopes at Northstar won’t have to wait through an ambulance ride anymore to know they have a wrist fracture.

Northstar-at-Tahoe, in conjunction with Tahoe Forest Hospital and Truckee Tahoe Medical Group, opened a sports injury clinic Tuesday below the resort’s gondola.

“The main focus here is that people will get taken care of quickly and receive quick pain relief,” said Bob Van Gelder, clinic project coordinator and director of revenue and cost enhancement for Tahoe Forest Hospital.

The project, which cost $316,000 to create, turned the resort’s 850-square-foot first-aid room into a 1,488-square-foot sports care clinic. The space includes an X-ray room, two private examination rooms and a treatment area.

“Before we provided basic, basic care; now it’s a full-service clinic,” said Genevieve Gunnarson, marketing director for Northstar.

The clinic, which has yet to be named, came together in months, with Tahoe Forest Hospital’s bid accepted by Northstar in August and construction beginning less than two months ago.

“This whole project had a short timeline,” Van Gelder said. “It’s somewhat of a minor miracle that this came together.”

Van Gelder attributed the quick completion to Mike Geney, of Geney/Gassiot general contractors, who spearheaded the construction on the project.

The clinic will be managed by Truckee Tahoe Medical Group and staffed by physicians from Tahoe Forest Hospital.

Skiers and snowboarders can be treated at the clinic seven days a week from 9 a.m. until the final run. It is located on the level below Northstar’s village, near the preferred parking lot.

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