By GREGORY ZELLER //
Hofstra University athletes will now receive primary medical care directly from New York State’s largest healthcare provider.
The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute – part of New Hyde Park-based Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider by number of practitioners and number of patients – will “coordinate and provide primary care” for Hofstra’s men’s and women’s teams, Northwell Health announced this week.
The university’s 300-plus student-athletes, who compete annually in 17 different National Collegiate Athletics Association Division 1 sports, will also receive orthopedic services from the award-winning Orthopaedic Institute, which has earned prestigious certifications from The Joint Commission, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and other national healthcare-focused organizations.
The new arrangement is hardly the first time the two Long Island mainstays have joined forces. Hofstra University and Northwell Health already combine their vast resources in the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, the Hofstra Northwell School of Graduate Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies and Northwell’s Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Services program.
The STARS program – which also boasts professional associations with the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders, the New York Lizards Major League Lacrosse team and several regional high school athletics programs – has actually been providing physical-therapy services to Hofstra athletes since 2014.
And Northwell Health, along with Hofstra’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law, recently announced the launch of the Medical-Legal Partnership program, which is leveraging a $512,000 state grant to provide free legal services to at-risk adults and children facing issues that contribute to poor health.
The new agreement deepens these partnerships and provides a new slate of services directly to Hofstra’s student-athletes, according to Nicholas Sgaglione, medical director of the Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute.
“Our Orthopedic Sports Medicine Team and the Northwell Orthopedic Institute are excited and proud to now serve the Hofstra University community and all of their student-athletes,” noted Sgaglione, who is also Northwell Health’s orthopaedics chairman and a professor at the Zucker School of Medicine.
“We look forward to our long-term partnership and to delivering the highest level of quality healthcare,” Sgaglione added. “Our personal and innovative approaches to injury prevention, as well as the scientific pursuit of wellness and keeping athletes and all students healthy, will now be the basis of our synergistic collaboration with Hofstra University.”
Dubbing the Orthopaedic Institute “a leader in state-of-the-art rehabilitation and preventative care,” Hofstra University Athletics Director Rick Cole Jr. trumpeted a “transformational day for the Hofstra University Department of Athletics and the care of our student-athletes.”
“[The partnership] will provide Hofstra student-athletes with the most advanced and innovative medical treatment available,” Cole said in a statement. “This partnership enhances our ability to give our student-athletes a first-class experience and provide them every opportunity to excel in all aspects of their college career.”