Orlando Health & Orlando City SC Announce Historic Agreement

Orlando Health will continue their affiliation with Orlando City Soccer Club.


Sabrina Childress
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ORLANDO, Fla. — 

In the first of two major announcements this week regarding the future of Orlando City SC, the Club and Orlando Health announced today an extension of their existing affiliation. The announcement ensures that Orlando Health’s will remain the official healthcare partner to the Orlando City SC, the Club’s proposed new downtown soccer stadium and Orlando City Youth Soccer club.

“There is no partner we’d rather have. Orlando Health has always shared our vision of bringing Major League Soccer to Orlando since day one,” said Orlando City President Phil Rawlins. “Not only are we securing a world-class healthcare partner, but we are solidifying a true affiliation between two organizations committed to making Central Florida a better place.”

“We’re excited about this agreement and what it means for us as an organization and this community, which has rallied fervently around Orlando City SC,” said George Haidukewych, M.D., academic chairman and chief of orthopedic trauma at Orlando Health. “It will showcase the unique abilities of our medical team to provide high-quality care for these professional athletes, and help ensure successful, winning seasons for the Lions.”

Under the agreement, Orlando Health will be the exclusive provider of medical care to Orlando City SC players, and provide athletic trainers who will perform training services for players, including on-site, in-stadium medical services as required on game days. In addition, the athletic trainers will provide services to participants at Orlando City Youth Soccer during practices, games, and tournaments.

Having served as the only jersey sponsor during the Club’s history in Orlando, the agreement also means Orlando Health is on the verge of becoming the first jersey partner in MLS history to commit to an expansion club before the club is admitted to Major League Soccer.

Importantly, the partnership affiliates two organizations based in Orlando with strong ties to the local community.  The Lions have volunteered over 550 hours throughout the Central Florida community over the past year, with multiple appearances occurring at Orlando Health affiliated hospitals such as Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. The Orlando City Foundation, Orlando City’s non-profit arm, has also recently partnered with Healthy Families Orange, an Orlando Health program focused on parenting skills and actions families can implement to prevent child abuse.

The second of two major announcements involving the future of Orlando City will occur tomorrow and is open to the public.  The fan event involving announcement about the Club’s pursuit to become a Major League Soccer club will take place in downtown Orlando at the Cheyenne Saloon (128 W Church Street, Orlando, FL, 32801). Festivities on Church Street begin at 5 p.m. while the program is set for 6 p.m.

For more information, visit OrlandoCitySoccer.com.

About Orlando City Soccer Club

Orlando City Soccer Club (OCSC) is a premier soccer club in the United States, aiming to be in Major League Soccer by 2015. The Lions recently captured the 2013 USL PRO Championship, the club’s second postseason title in just three years. Outside of the pro squad, OCSC also has their own youth club, Orlando City Youth Soccer (OCYS) and a U23s team that participates in the PDL. For more information on the pro and youth clubs, visit  OrlandoCitySoccer.com and OrlandoCityYouth.org.

About Orlando Health

Orlando Health is a not-for-profit health care organization and a community-based network of physician practices, hospitals and care centers throughout Central Florida. Physician Associates, one of the largest multi-specialty practices in central Florida, consisting of more than 90 physicians in more than 20 locations, became a member of the Orlando Health family in January 2013.

The organization, which includes the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals.  They are: 

  • Orlando Regional Medical Center
  • Dr. P. Phillips Hospital
  • South Seminole Hospital
  • Health Central Hospital
  • South Lake Hospital (50 percent affiliation)
  • St. Cloud Regional Medical Center (20 percent affiliation)
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando — the first affiliate of one of the nation’s premier cancer centers
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston
  • The Arnold Palmer Medical Center, which consists of Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children and Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies 

Orlando Health’s areas of clinical excellence are heart and vascular, cancer care, neurosciences, surgery, pediatric orthopedics and sports medicine, neonatology, and women’s health. 

Orlando Health is one of Central Florida’s largest employers with nearly 16,000 employees and more than 2,500 affiliated physicians supporting its philosophy of providing high quality care and service that revolves around patients’ needs. Orlando Health welcomes more than 110,000 inpatient admissions and nearly 690,000 outpatient visits each year. In all, Orlando Health serves 1.6 million Central Florida residents and nearly 3,000 international patients annually. Additionally, Orlando Health provides approximately $239 million in support of community health needs. More information can be found at www.orlandohealth.com.

December 04, 2013, in Corporate News