Weiss on the Court: Team Physicians Keep WNBA Chicago Sky in the Game

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With only days left until the WNBA Chicago Sky’s May 14th opener, Weiss is sharing in the excitement of another season as the team’s medical provider.

The Chicago Sky features hugely talented and popular players, including Elena Delle Donne and Tamera Young. Weiss physicians have served as the Chicago Sky team doctors and medical care provider since 2009.

Orthopedic Surgeon Benjamin Domb, MD, and Hospitalist Suzanne Pham, MD, watch courtside at each game. They’re ready to spring to action if one of the women’s pro basketball players sustains an injury. They even, occasionally, sing the National Anthem at the opening of the game.

“The Weiss Medical Team has worked hard to help Sky players avoid, as well as mend injuries. This effort has helped the Sky reach the playoffs the past two seasons. In 2014, the Sky reached the WNBA Finals,” explains Yaro Dachniwsky, director of Sports Business Development at Weiss. He works closely with the teams, visiting them on-site and serving as a conduit between the team and Weiss physicians.

And those aren’t just any doctors. Many of the hospital’s sports medicine physicians are or were athletes themselves. This gives them a unique understanding of their patients and what those patients are up against mentally, emotionally, and physically.

“Athletes are able to work with our physicians who have extensive experience in sports. We have physicians who can provide head to toe care, understanding the balance of an athlete’s desire to return to play with the proper rest and rehab to help avoid re-injury,” Dachniwsky says.

sky 2016 2The relationship works both ways. Chicago Sky players and their mascot, Sky Guy, visit Weiss patients and staff throughout the year. One year, Sky forward Tamera Young spent an afternoon with patients in the Weiss Cancer Center. Sky Guy stops by frequently to help celebrate Hospitals Week or the annual hospital cookout.

“We understand the value that the Chicago Sky has to the Chicagoland community, both on and off the court,” Dachniwsky says. “Weiss Memorial Hospital is proud to support this great organization, as well as the great role models that play for the team.”

Of course, the Weiss sports medicine team doesn’t only take care of the pros. Whether you’re a weekend warrior, casual jogger, or league player, all athletes require medical attention at some point in their athletic life. Even the most careful athlete is bound to experience a sprained ankle here, a muscle pull there—and Weiss is committed to educating and taking care of athletes at all levels.

“Weiss understands that professional athletes, as well as weekend warriors, need to have a destination that will provide quality service if they are injured. Aside from providing this service for the pro teams and schools we work with, the marketing benefits we receive from these teams enables us to get the message out to the public that Weiss Hospital is the place to go if you have any sports-related aches and pains,” says Dachniwsky.

Once an athlete is screened and if she requires care at the hospital, Weiss provides a coordinator who will walk the athlete through the entire process, including imaging and surgery, if needed. “It is seamless,” Dachniwsky says.

Of the Chicago Sky, he adds, “As we enter into our seventh year with the Chicago Sky, we wish them the best of luck in the 2016 WNBA season.”

In addition to the Chicago Sky, Weiss’ team partnerships and the physicians involved include:

  • Sports Medicine specialist Danielle Bass, M.D., is the team physician for the Chicago Bandits professional women’s softball team
  • Sports Medicine specialist Danielle Bass, M.D., is the team physician for the Robert Morris University Eagles
  • Sports Medicine specialist Danielle Bass, M.D., is the team physician for the Saint Rita Mustangs
  • Sports Medicine specialist Danielle Bass, M.D., is the team physician for the Schaumburg Boomers professional baseball team
  • Sports Medicine specialist Danielle Bass, M.D., is the team physician for the South Suburban Bulldogs
  • Sports medicine specialist Preston Wolin, M.D., serves as the team physician for the Windy City Thunderbolts

Don’t miss out on the fun this season. Because Weiss provides medical care for the team, The Sky offers discounted tickets to Weiss employees and friends throughout the season. Just follow this link, and use promo code: Weiss.

For more information on sports medicine at Weiss Memorial Hospital, visit the Chicago Center of Orthopedics online, or call (888) 503-ORTHO.