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Weiss Memorial Hospital Slam Dunks Partnership with Chicago Sky: Physicians Bring Expertise to Athletes On and Off the Court

Mar 30, 2010

Contact: Catherine Gianaro
(773) 564-7285

CHICAGO (March 30, 2010) – Weiss Memorial Hospital orthopedic and sports medicine experts will provide medical care to Chicago Sky players, becoming the exclusive healthcare partner for the women’s professional basketball team. The partnership is part of Weiss’ overall commitment to improve the health of the community by caring for both professional players and amateur athletes. 

“We are honored to care for Chicago Sky athletes in this way,” said Frank Molinaro, chief executive officer for Weiss. “This new relationship helps us carry out our commitment to educate the community about healthy lifestyles and fitness.”

Weiss’ orthopedic physicians and professionals will extend their patient-centric care to these expert athletes, as well as novices of all ages as Weiss sponsors Chicago Sky Basketball Clinics in the metro area. Player and mascot appearances throughout the season also will help to advance health for life through sports and physical activity.

Weiss orthopedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians—with affiliations at Chicago’s academic and research facilities, including the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois and Loyola University Chicago—will provide the Chicago Sky with medical care to ensure their long-term health and viability on and off the court as professional athletes. The orthopedic unit at Weiss already boasts high patient, physician and employee satisfaction scores—among the highest in the nation—illustrating the dedication behind the expertise.

“Our medical partnership with the Chicago Sky is critical to keeping these outstanding athletes healthy and playing at the top of their games,” said Benjamin Domb, M.D., sports medicine specialist at Weiss and team physician for the Chicago Sky. “It is also a vehicle for outreach to competitive and recreational athletes of all levels, from pros to weekend warriors.”

“Through interaction with the community and ongoing education, we hope to improve injury prevention and even injury care with minimally invasive or arthroscopic surgery,” Domb added. “New techniques in hip arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair and ACL reconstruction have enabled athletes with injuries in the shoulder, hip or knee to rapidly recover, return to sports and get on with their lives.”

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Weiss Memorial Hospital for our team’s health care needs,” said Margaret Stender, president and CEO of the Chicago Sky. “It’s reassuring to know we have their team of top-notch orthopedic medicine doctors behind us, providing the level of experience and expertise needed for our athletes. Their balance between preventive care, individual athlete/patient understanding and leading edge techniques is a powerful combination.”

Weiss’ three-year partnership with the Chicago Sky begins with the 2010 season, which starts in May.