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University Hospitals selected as health care partner and provider for the Mid-American Conference

Sunday, February 14, 2016

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CLEVELAND – The Mid-American Conference (MAC) has entered into an agreement and formally announced today the partnership with University Hospitals (UH) as the official health care provider of the MAC.

As the official health care partner of the MAC, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, the health system’s nationally recognized academic medical center, will provide a complete multi-disciplinary team of physician specialists covering the MAC’s championship health care needs.

This three-year agreement stipulates that UH will provide medical counsel and coverage for students at all of the 23 sponsored MAC tournament championship games. In total, the agreement will provide over 5,000 students with medical care under UH. The innovative collaboration was brokered by IMG, the MAC’s multi-media rights partner.

Additionally, UH will be involved with the Mid-American Conference Student Well-Being Committee that will study and research mental health and other student welfare issues.

Both organizations’ leaders described a commitment to co-create an innovative sports medicine program based on medical and scientific evidence-based research to advance the athletic performance and the overall health and fitness of MAC students.

“We are extremely pleased to announce this partnership with University Hospitals,” said MAC Commissioner Dr. Jon Steinbrecher. “Health and safety is a very important issue for our students. Our goal is to continually and aggressively look at how we can positively affect our organization. Through this medical partnership, we will further develop innovative and comprehensive programs that enhance athletic performance and wellness.”

University Hospitals became the official health care partner of the Cleveland Browns in 2014, and has been responsible for providing comprehensive medical care to players and their families as well as any urgent care required by fans at the Browns stadium.

“We are already involved at the collegiate and professional levels with sports medicine care but when the opportunity to become affiliated with the MAC presented itself, we wanted to take advantage of it,” said Sean Cupp, MD, lead medical team physician of the Cleveland Browns, UH Case Medical Center Co-Director, Sports Medicine and assistant professor, orthopaedics and family medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. “This partnership is a continuation of our vision to create and establish innovative sports medicine programs in Cleveland and beyond.”

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