NEW YORK, March 24, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The New York Cosmos announced today that Northwell Health will be their official healthcare provider, with three of their orthopedic surgeons serving as team physicians.
As part of the agreement, Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) will provide medical services for the Cosmos' first team and the Cosmos' B team squad, as well as become the first presenting sponsor and healthcare service partner for the club's Training and Development Program.
"Northwell Health Orthopaedics is excited to announce our partnership with the New York Cosmos as their official orthopaedic providers," said Nicholas A. Sgaglione MD, professor and chair of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Northwell Health, and at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine. "We are honored that the 2015 North American Soccer League champions recognize our commitment to treating athletes at the highest level. As national and regional leaders in sports medicine, our team of specialists is dedicated to providing expert care to both local and professional players. We look forward to our partnership and a great 2016 season."
Dr. Sgaglione will serve as the Cosmos' medical director, while Andrew D. Goodwillie, MD, and Randy M. Cohn, MD, will be head team physician and associate team physician, respectively.
Northwell Health consists of 21 hospitals, more than 450 outpatient facilities and physician practices as well as thousands of specialists throughout the metropolitan area. Northwell also sponsors many community programs and events that help people manage their health and understand prevention and safety.
"We are very excited about working with Northwell Health," Cosmos Chief Operating Officer Erik Stover said. "They have a great network and through this partnership they will help us maintain high quality treatment for our players, avoiding injury where possible along with fast and effective recovery."
To view see interviews with Northwell orthopaedic surgeons and Cosmos' officials, click here.
About Northwell Health
Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System) is New York State's largest health care provider and private employer. With 21 hospitals and nearly 450 outpatient practices, we serve more than 1.8 million people annually in the metro New York area and beyond. Our 61,000 employees work to change health care for the better. We're making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institute. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine and the School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. And we offer health insurance through CareConnect. For information on our services in more than 100 medical specialties, visit Northwell.edu.
About the Cosmos
The New York Cosmos are reigning champions of the North American Soccer League (NASL), having captured their second league title in three seasons and seventh overall on Nov. 15, 2015 with a 3-2 win over Ottawa Fury FC in The Championship Final at Hofstra University's James M. Shuart Stadium.
The Cosmos began play in 1971, spending 14 seasons in the NASL, winning five Soccer Bowl trophies and bringing some of the biggest names in world soccer to the USA. This included Pelé, Franz Beckenbauer, Giorgio Chinaglia and Carlos Alberto. It had been nearly 30 years since the Cosmos, an iconic global soccer club, played in a professional league. Yet throughout their absence, the club maintained a loyal and dedicated fan following.
On Aug. 3, 2013, the New York Cosmos returned to the NASL with a sellout win at Shuart Stadium, before embarking on a season that would see the Cosmos win the 2013 Soccer Bowl with a 1-0 victory against the Atlanta Silverbacks on Nov. 9, 2013 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park.
Raúl and Marcos Senna, legends at famed Spanish sides Real Madrid and Villarreal CF, each suited up in Cosmos colors for modern era championship runs, adding their names to the impressive list of global soccer stars to feature at the club.
The Cosmos submitted a privately-funded economic development proposal in 2013 to the State of New York to build a world-class 25,000-seat professional soccer stadium at Belmont Park. More information about the proposal and renderings can be found at newcosmosstadium.com.
For more information on the New York Cosmos, please visit nycosmos.com, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram (@NYCosmos). Tickets for the 2016 season are now available by calling 855-71-COSMOS or via the club's official website at nycosmos.com/seasontickets.
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SOURCE Northwell Health