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Hospital for Special Surgery Named Official Hospital for Dominican Winter League Team

New York, NY—October 1, 2015

Los Leones del Escogido announced today that Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) has been named the team’s official hospital. This new partnership provides the Dominican Republic-based baseball club with access to a world leader in orthopedics and rehabilitation. David Altchek, M.D., sports medicine surgeon at HSS, will be the team’s medical consultant.

"We are very excited to announce this partnership," said Eduardo Najri, owner of Los Leones del Escogido. "Not only is HSS the leading orthopedic hospital in the world, but this partnership also provides our players and their respective clubs with peace of mind that they will be in the best hands possible with Dr. Altchek."

"It is a natural fit to be affiliated with Escogido as the Dominican Republic is the single largest international country producing MLB players," said Dr. Altchek.  "HSS physicians have a long tradition of treating professional baseball players and are committed to providing a broad continuum of care to these athletes."

Dr. Altchek is a world-renowned sports medicine surgeon who specializes in the field of elbow, knee and shoulder orthopedic surgery. He is co-chief emeritus of the Sports Medicine & Shoulder Service at HSS. Dr. Altchek currently serves as the medical director of the New York Mets and is a medical consultant for the NBA.

"This new association with Hospital for Special Surgery will ensure positive outcomes and efficiency from our players as their health and well-being is our main priority," said Moises Alou, general manager of Los Leones del Escogido. "Our players can now get back in the game with their best efforts."

"It is an honor to be selected as the official hospital for the Escogido baseball club," said Louis A. Shapiro, president and CEO of HSS. "We serve patients from around the globe seeking the best orthopedic and rheumatologic treatment. Escogido has shown its commitment to providing the best medical care to its players and we are proud to play a leading role in helping these elite athletes maintain long and healthy careers."

This is the first international sports team partnership for HSS. Currently, the hospital provides care to USA Basketball, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Brooklyn Nets, New York Giants, New York Knicks, New York Liberty, New York Mets and New York Red Bulls, among others. HSS is also the first designated National Medical Center of the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) National Medical Network.


About HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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