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Orlando Health Partners with EFSC Athletics
October 23, 2019 – Orlando Health is now the official medical team for Eastern Florida State College athletics.
The announcement is part of a new sponsorship agreement with EFSC that includes the naming rights to the college’s soccer stadium on the Melbourne campus.
The 1,500-seat venue, which is home to EFSC’s men’s and women’s soccer program, is now renamed to Orlando Health Stadium. The sponsorship also includes display of the Orlando Health brand throughout other EFSC athletic facilities.
“We have partnered with Orlando Health for several years and are thrilled they are now the official medical provider for Eastern Florida State College athletics along with the renaming of our soccer stadium to Orlando Health stadium,” said Jeff Carr, EFSC’s Associate Vice President of Athletics.
“The strength of our relationship with Orlando Health is built on the leadership provided by team doctors, Bruce Thomas, M.D. and Darryl Osbahr, M.D., who lead an athletic training staff that is like family to our athletic teams. I want to thank Orlando Health for this partnership, along with Dr. James H. Richey, president of EFSC, and Jack Parker, vice president of external affairs at EFSC.”
EFSC has 11 varsity teams competing in the Florida College System Activities Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Their teams include men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, baseball, softball, and volleyball.
Many of the teams are nationally ranked and regularly compete for state and national championship titles.
Under the agreement, Orlando Health will be the exclusive provider of medical care to EFSC athletes and provide athletic trainers who will perform training services, including on-site, in-stadium medical services as required on game days.
Orlando Health’s EFSC medical team will be led by Bruce Thomas, MD, a sports medicine physician in practice with Orlando Health Orthopedic Institute’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group.
He is currently team physician for Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals’ Florida operations and serves as medical director for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA).
“This is yet another exciting opportunity for Orlando Health’s sports medicine program to showcase what it can do to help athletes excel on a big stage,” says Thomas. “We’re honored to work with the athletes at EFSC and look forward to doing what we can to helping them succeed as student athletes.”
About Orlando Health
Orlando Health is a $3.8 billion not-for-profit healthcare organization and a community-based network of hospitals, physician practices and outpatient care centers across Central Florida.
The organization is home to the area’s only Level One Trauma Centers for adults and pediatrics, and is a statutory teaching hospital system that offers both specialty and community hospitals.
More than 3,100 physicians have privileges across the system, which is also one of the area’s largest employers with more than 20,200 employees who serve more than 167,000 inpatients, more than 2.7 million outpatients, and more than 20,000 international patients each year.
Additionally, Orlando Health provides more than $620 million in total value to the community in the form of charity care, community benefit programs and services, community building activities and more. Additional information can be found at www.orlandohealth.com.