Thomas and Deborah Lentsch support new Concussion Center


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Banner Sports Medicine Scottsdale will include a state-of-the-art Concussion Center, thanks to a $1 million philanthropic investment by Thomas Lentsch and Deborah Glasrud Lentsch.

Their gift will allow Banner Sports Medicine to replicate the Banner Concussion Center location on Willetta Drive in downtown Phoenix at the new Banner Sports Medicine Scottsdale, a three-story, 80,000-square-foot destination center opening in 2023. Concussion prevention education, expert diagnosis and evaluation, and rehabilitation focused on returning athletes to play only when their brain has fully healed, are critical services that will be available at Banner Sports Medicine Scottsdale.

The Banner Concussion Center first opened in 2013 and is a one-of-a-kind, multi-disciplinary concussion center that has clinicians of various specialties treating the diagnosis of concussion. Under one roof are physicians, neuropsychologists, therapists treating balance and dizziness related issues, Neuro-optometry and vision therapists, and athletic trainers.

“This generous gift will allow us to purchase state-of-the-art diagnostic technology and equipment to properly diagnose, evaluate, and rehabilitate concussed patients,” says Dr. Evan Lederman, Chief of Sports Medicine for Banner Health. “Our goal is to offer unparalleled concussion care to our entire community, returning everyone to the activities they love, and improving their quality of life for years to come. We are grateful to the Lentsch family for their support.”