Hospital for Special Surgery Leaders in Rio for Opening of First Orthopedic Specialty Hospital

New York—March 28, 2012 

A leading Brazilian managed healthcare provider, Amil Par, will welcome educational partner and orthopedic powerhouse Hospital for Special Surgery as they move toward the opening of its new orthopedic center, Hospitalys, in Rio de Janeiro.

Hospitalys is on schedule for a spring debut of its initial phase. Leaders of both Amil Par and Hospital for Special Surgery will mark the occasion with an educational event and inaugural ceremony March 28. Visiting Rio to participate will be Orthopedic Surgeon-Scientist Scott A. Rodeo, M.D., and Laura Robbins, DSW, senior vice president for education and academic affairs and an associate scientist in the research division at Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Rodeo, co-chief of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery, will highlight the program with a keynote lecture on “The Future of Orthopaedics.”  He will address the future impact of research advances now in the laboratory such as stem cells and other emerging biologic approaches and their healing potential for regenerative therapies in elite/Olympic level athletes as well as other orthopedic injuries.

“Hospital for Special Surgery, a world leader in orthopedics, is the ideal partner for this initiative,” said Casio Zandona, CEO/RJ for Amil Par., “as they have the insight and depth of experience in general orthopedics as well as sports medicine that result in best outcomes for our patients.”

Hospitalys will specialize in spine disorders, joint replacement and sports medicine, orthopedic areas for which Hospital for Special Surgery is renowned.

As part of the educational portion of the program, Dr. Robbins will speak on “Hospital for Special Surgery: A Value-Based Model of Excellence in Healthcare Delivery,” tracing the hospital’s development from its origins to its world-class reputation today.

“We are very pleased to be collaborating with Hospitalys in Brazil and to be sharing our clinical, education and research expertise,“ said Hospital for Special Surgery President and CEO Louis A. Shapiro.  “This global collaboration reflects both of our Institutions’ dedication to high quality patient care, academic excellence and cutting-edge research in orthopedics.”

HSS orthopedists and sports medicine specialists, including Dr. Rodeo, served on the U.S. Olympic Committee medical staff team that covered the Beijing Games in 2008 and the Athens Games in 2004.  They look forward to similar roles in the 2012 and 2016 Games, noted Dr. Rodeo.

Among the future initiatives under consideration for this ongoing relationship, explained Dr. Robbins, may be a post-Olympic international sports medicine symposium this summer in Rio, the host city of the 2016 Games.

About Hospital for Special Surgery
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 2 in rheumatology, No. 19 in neurology, and No. 16 in geriatrics by U.S.News & World Report (2011-12), and is the first hospital in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center three consecutive times. HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. From 2007 to 2011, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. HSS is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College and as such all Hospital for Special Surgery medical staff are faculty of Weill Cornell. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at www.hss.edu.
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