Hofstra Athletes To Score Top Med Care

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More than 300 student-athletes at Hofstra University will receive coordinated health care and orthopedic services from the Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute. (Photo by Philip Hinds, Hofstra University)

Hofstra student-athletes are set to receive some of the best possible medical care.

The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute, part of New York State’s largest health system, will coordinate and provide primary care along with orthopedic services for the more than 300 student-athletes at Hofstra University in 17 NCAA Division I sports, the health care provider and university announced recently.

The agreement deepens the partnership between the two institutions, which includes 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 STARS Rehabilitation partnership with the athletic program. STARS has provided physical therapy to Hofstra athletes for more than four years. In addition, the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra and Northwell recently announced a new agreement to provide free legal services for patients facing issues that contribute to poor health.

“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,” said Nicholas Sgaglione, MD, professor at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, chair of orthopaedics at Northwell Health and medical director of the Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute. “We look forward to our long-term partnership and to delivering the highest level of quality health care. 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.”

Sgaglione will lead the sports medicine team, which includes Russell Camhi, DO, who is athletics health care administrator/head team physician, along with Andrew Goodwillie, MD, Randy Cohn, MD, and Ashley Burlage, MD as a team of orthopedists.

“This is a transformational day for the Hofstra University Department of Athletics and the care of our student-athletes,” said Rick Cole Jr., Hofstra director of athletics. “The Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute is a leader in state-of-the-art rehabilitation and preventative care, and will provide Hofstra student-athletes with the most advanced and innovative medical treatment available. 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. We’re excited to expand our relationship with a world-class health care provider such as Northwell, and look forward to a long and productive partnership with the Northwell Health Orthopaedic Institute.”

Northwell’s STARS Rehabilitation has agreements with Hofstra University, the NHL’s New York Islanders, New York Lizards Major League Lacrosse team and several area high school athletic programs.

For more information about Northwell’s sports medicine program, including booking an appointment, call 833-977-6787 or go to www.northwell.edu/sportsmedicine.

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