Penn Medicine was named the official health system for the Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center.
Penn Medicine News reported on Monday that Penn Medicine will also become the team’s official medical services provider and the preferred provider for Comcast Spectacor, the owner of the Flyers.
Gary Dorshimer, assistant program director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Brian Sennett, associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, will lead a team of doctors that will provide care for Flyers players at their games, according to Flyers News. Penn Medicine branding will soon become a visible presence at Flyers games, both on the ice and other parts of the Wells Fargo Center, Penn Medicine News reported.
CEO of the University of Pennsylvania Health System Kevin Mahoney told Penn Medicine News that the partnership will focus on making a long-term impact on Philadelphians, primarily through a program of community health initiatives co-sponsored by the brands.
“As a health system, we are deeply committed to ensuring the health and wellness of those in our local community, and being able to partner with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center is a tremendous opportunity to advance that mission through new initiatives,” Mahoney told Penn Medicine News.
Penn Medicine News reported many events in the Flyers’ program will focus on physical fitness and healthy eating habits. The new partnership aims to put forward health-focused public service announcements featuring Flyers players, according to Flyers News. Penn Medicine News added Penn Med will also become the presenting partner of the Gritty 5K, a family-friendly run benefiting Flyers Charities.
“Among our top priorities is bringing to life our commitment to the Philadelphia region and aligning closely with world-class brands that have a similar community focus,” Valerie Camillo, president of business operations for the Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center, told Penn Medicine News.
Last march, Comcast Spectacor announced plans to build America’s first purpose-built esports arena in South Philadelphia next to Xfinity Live! and within the general vicinity of the Wells Fargo Center.
The University recently partnered with a nonprofit owned by the Flyers in February to expand the Class of 1923 Arena into a four-season sporting venue. Nonprofit foundation Snider Hockey donated more than $7 million to upgrade the rink and grow their youth program.