The Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss Memorial Hospital has become the exclusive sports medicine provider for the Windy City Thunderbolts, a professional minor league baseball team based out of Crestwood, Il. The sports medicine specialists at Weiss will provide primary and orthopedic care to the team’s players for the 2022-2023, 24, and 25 seasons, which run May through September.
“We are thrilled to be the official sports medicine provider for the Windy City Thunderbolts. We understand the importance of overcoming injuries quickly and safely, and our team of sports medicine specialists is committed to keeping players healthy and getting them back in the game through expert care,” said Jerry Henley, director of Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Development at Weiss Memorial Hospital.
Leading the Weiss medical team is orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist Preston Wolin, MD, the medical director for the Chicago Center for Orthopedics sports medicine program at Weiss Memorial Hospital. Board certified in both orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, Wolin is a highly experienced surgeon with unparalleled expertise in treating athletic injuries. He has served as a team physician for many professional and collegiate teams for more than 30 years.
Sports Medicine Specialist Jeannette Kelly, DO, also will be providing coverage at the team’s home games. Board certified in primary care and sports medicine, Kelly is a non-surgical, osteopathic sports medicine physician who routinely practices osteopathic manipulative medicine on athletes to speed recovery from injury and optimize performance.
Through the partnership, Windy City Thunderbolts players have access to Weiss’ Fast-Track program year-round, an initiative that provides athletes concierge-level care at a faster pace. The program guarantees that if an athlete gets hurt during a game or practice the sports medicine team physician will evaluate and expedite the athlete’s plan of care including any imaging, clinical or surgical referrals that may be needed to facilitate a quick turnaround for the athlete’s return to play.
“We are excited to partner with the Chicago Center for Orthopedics at Weiss in the care of our players this season and into the future. Weiss has a reputation for providing expert care with a personalized touch. We know our players are in good hands,” said Windy City Thunderbolts General Manager Mike Verschave.
Weiss Memorial Hospital has a rich history with many of Chicago’s sports teams, caring for both professional and amateur athletes in a variety of sports. Current partnerships include: Chicago House Athletic Club; Chicago State University; Roosevelt University; South Suburban College; Chicago Police and Fire Department football teams; Lincoln Park High School; and professional mixed martial artists, among others.
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