HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY (HSS) BECOMES OFFICIAL HOSPITAL OF RUGBY UNITED NEW YORK
NEW YORK (March 4 2019)- New York’s first professional rugby franchise, Rugby United New York (RUNY), announced today that Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will be the team’s Official Medical Partner. The new multi-year partnership grants RUNY access to one of the global leaders in sports medicine. HSS, the nation’s top-ranked hospital for orthopedics for the past nine consecutive years according to U.S. News & World Report, will deliver access to high quality preventative, surgical, rehabilitative and performance services to these athletes.
With this partnership, RUNY has officially named Andrew Pearle, MD, as the Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon, and Brett Toresdahl, MD, as Head Team Physician.
“RUNY is thrilled to announce our partnership with Hospital for Special Surgery, one of the global leaders in orthopedic care,” said RUNY Owner James Kennedy. “Dr. Pearle and Dr. Toresdahl will provide our athletes with the best possible treatment. These professionals will allow us to compete week in and week out in a grueling 16 game season.”
“Rugby is a fast-moving contact sport and its players are arguably among the toughest athletes out there,” said Brett Toresdahl, MD, primary care sports medicine physician at HSS. “We are looking forward to helping these athletes stay at the top of their game while playing safely.”
Dr. Toresdahl is also a Team Physician for US Biathlon as well as an Orthopedic Consultant for the UFC. Dr. Toresdahl will be joined by HSS colleague Dr. Pearle, Medical Director at HSS Westchester, who will serve as RUNY’s Head Team Orthopedic Surgeon. In addition to his responsibilities at HSS, Dr. Pearle is a Team Physician for the New York Mets and coordinates care for the minor league affiliates including the Brooklyn Cyclones. As team physicians for RUNY, Dr. Toresdahl and Dr. Pearle will be providing orthopedic consultation services and overseeing the rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries at the RUNY training facility as well as at their home field, MCU Park, in Brooklyn.
RUNY has kicked off their inaugural Major League Rugby season with wins over the San Diego Legion and the New Orleans (NOLA) Gold. Their season continues this Friday, March 8th, when New York’s rugby franchise travels to Salt Lake City to take on the Utah Warriors. The game will be broadcast live on SNY.
About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In addition, HSS will be opening a new facility in Florida in late 2019. In 2018, HSS provided care to 139,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures, and people from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.
About Rugby United New York
Rugby United New York is a professional rugby team who joined Major League Rugby as an associate member in 2018, playing a brief, but successful exhibition season. Their first full MLR schedule will take place in 2019. When they officially join the league, RUNY’s vision is to bring the excitement of professional rugby to the New York sports landscape. The use of rugby’s core values of teamwork, respect, and discipline will help to educate, inspire and connect with the New York Community. Rugby United New York, the city’s first professional rugby franchise, strives to unite the entire rugby community and enrich it at every level throughout the region. The team was founded by James Kennedy of the Murphy Kennedy Group, who is an active supporter of grassroots rugby.
About Major League Rugby
MLR is a professional rugby league that launched in April of 2018. It’s an initiative of the American rugby community, in partnership with private investors, who believe that American rugby can thrive at the highest levels: as a commercial enterprise; as an influential player on the international scene; and as a participation sport at the youth and senior level. MLR is the pinnacle of the American rugby, and provides a rallying point for local communities, a focal point for American rugby fans, and an aspirational destination for young athletes. For more information, visit www.usmlr.com
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