ATLANTA – Georgia State University announced a five-year partnership naming Northside Hospital the Official Hospital of the Panthers. Under the partnership, the Northside Sports Medicine Network will oversee care for Division I student-athletes representing 16 Georgia State University varsity sports.
“Northside’s commitment to the Atlanta community is unparalleled,” said Charlie Cobb, Georgia State Director of Athletics. “We know our student-athletes will be treated with incredible, all-encompassing care from a team of physicians and medical providers.”
The multifaceted agreement was secured by Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment (VWSE), GSU’s longtime sponsorship agency.
The Northside Hospital Sports Medicine Network offers comprehensive care and personalized services based entirely around the needs of athletes.
“Northside Hospital is privileged to partner with GSU as it continues its significant impact on the Atlanta Region and the State of Georgia,” said Dr. Vonda Wright, chief of sports medicine at Northside Hospital. “We are committed to providing extraordinary care for these student-athletes as they pursue both academic and athletic excellence.”
As a center for orthopedics and sports medicine, Northside focuses on everything from injury prevention to performance services and athletic training to orthopedic surgery.
“We are excited to partner with Northside Sports Medicine knowing that GSU student-athletes will benefit tremendously from their comprehensive 360-degree sports medicine care,” said Bob Murphy, Associate A.D., Georgia State Sports Medicine, and Nutrition. “The quick availability for injury assessment and GSU’s proximity to the Northside Sports Medicine Midtown office, coupled with access to the entire Northside network, will meet most, if not all, of our student-athletes' medical needs.”
Additionally, the partnership includes marketing opportunities in which Northside will be featured on signage at all seven Panthers’ athletics facilities and across Georgia State Athletics’ radio broadcast and digital platforms.
“We are excited to announce this long-term partnership between Georgia State and Northside,” said Jason Capel, Van Wagner Collegiate Services Division South Region VP. “Northside will provide GSU Athletics with comprehensive coverage to keep student-athletes competing at a high level.”
About Georgia State University Athletics
Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia State University Athletics fosters a culture of success through academic achievement, competitive greatness, ethical behavior, social responsibility, and community engagement that educates and transforms a diverse group of talented student-athletes into future leaders. With 16 varsity sports, including the state’s third FBS football program, Georgia State competes at the Division I level in the Sun Belt Conference. Since 2013, Georgia State has won 12 Sun Belt titles, while its student-athletes have been recognized with more than 20 All-America awards and more than 200 all-conference honors, to go along with a league-leading Graduation Success Rate. Academically, Georgia State student-athletes have earned at least a cumulative 3.0 grade-point average for 21 consecutive semesters.
About Northside Hospital
Northside Hospital is one of the fastest growing health care organizations in the Southeast and currently employs more than 16,000 employees, including physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, administrative and support services personnel throughout the Atlanta Region and many parts of Georgia. The Northside Hospital Sports Medicine Network includes a team of clinical experts – orthopedic sports surgeons, non-operative sports medicine doctors and physician assistants – who provide high-tech, high-touch evidence-based musculoskeletal care and offer a full complement of surgical and medical consultants, a comprehensive sports concussion program, sports nutrition, physical therapy and a sports performance and innovative research initiative.
Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment LLC (VWSE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Van Wagner Group LLC, sells, advises, and creates on behalf of world-class teams, leagues, brands, properties, and colleges. An innovator in the sports and media business, VWSE is a global leader in high-impact broadcast visible signage throughout the MLB, NBA, NCAA, and the highest levels of international soccer, advertising and sponsorships sales, premium ticketing, college multi-media rights, and in-venue content production. www.vanwagner.com