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Hospital for Special Surgery Forms Educational Partnership with International Healthcare Leader

Largest Managed Healthcare Organization in Brazil to Open First Orthopedic Specialty Hospital in Rio de Janeiro in Advance of Olympic Games

New York—February 17, 2012

With the world focused on Brazil meeting the challenges of the international sports community for the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a leading Brazilian managed healthcare provider is looking to orthopedic powerhouse Hospital for Special Surgery as a venture partner.

New York City’s Hospital for Special Surgery, a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and related specialties, will partner with Amil Par, the largest, most widely-recognized and respected managed healthcare organization in Brazil, to provide educational expertise in connection with the opening of its new orthopedic center, Hospitalys, in Rio de Janeiro, the host city of the Games. 

Reinforcing Amil Par’s reputation for leadership, Hospitalys plans to open its initial phase during the first quarter of 2012, with specialization in spine disorders, joint replacement and sports medicine, orthopedic areas for which Hospital for Special Surgery is renowned.   

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

“Hospital for Special Surgery 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.” 

HSS orthopedists and sports medicine specialists 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. Currently, physicians from Hospital for Special Surgery are official physicians for major professional sports teams including the Super Bowl XLII Champion New York Football Giants, New York Mets, New York Knicks, Nets Basketball, New York Liberty Basketball and New York Red Bulls Soccer.

According to Mr. Shapiro, “Athletes and non-athletes alike come from throughout the country and around the world for the extraordinary depth of orthopedic experience and skill they can find here. Our faculty members travel the world sharing best practices, and through this partnership, HSS will provide its colleagues in Brazil with education and mentorship.”

This educational partnership is the beginning of an exchange for both organizations that anticipate an ongoing relationship for future collaboration.


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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