Notre Dame’s athletic department acquires state-of-the-art medical cart

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Custom-built medic cart ambulance with a full-size utility bed will be used for all outdoor, on-campus sporting events and practices.

Last week, the athletic department of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy took delivery of a new custom-made medic cart, the result of a grant from a local memorial trust devoted to non-profits in Oakland County.

The medic cart ambulance with a full-size utility bed, which will be used for all outdoor, on-campus sporting events and practices, was made possible with a grant from the Phillip & Elizabeth Filmer Memorial Charitable trust. 

Chris Polsinelli, Notre Dame’s athletic trainer, couldn't be happier with the new cart, which was built by HB Customs in Davison, Mich.

"I am absolutely thrilled about getting this new medical cart," he said. "It's been something I've wanted for our sports medicine department for quite awhile. The previous one was very old and didn't provide enough space for all of my supplies. In addition, this one can transport an injured athlete much easier and safer. Our students, and those from visiting schools, are fortunate to have access to this should the need ever arise."

Polsinelli said the cart is custom-built, has both a utility bed and a longer bed for transporting injured athletes and is equipped with headlights, a horn, an electric heater and an inclement-weather enclosure. 

Mary Paquin, who chairs the board reviewing grant requests for the Filmer trust, said the trust focuses on awarding grants of up to $10,000 for non-profits in Oakland County.

"Philip Filmer founded G. M. Photographic back in the 1940s and he died in the 1970s," she said. "He and his wife, Elizabeth, had one son who tragically died quite suddenly at the age of 13. He was their only child and that is one reason why the gift of the medical cart to assist young men and women of about the same age at Notre Dame is so meaningful." 


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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame's upper school enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org.

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