Orlando Health Becomes Official Medical Provider for UCF Athletics
UCF Athletics and Orlando Health are coming together for a transformational long-term partnership that delivers all the resources of the area’s most comprehensive healthcare network for the Knights’ athletic teams and student-athletes – designating Orlando Health as the official medical provider for UCF Athletics.
With this new partnership, physicians at Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute will coordinate care for UCF student-athletes through the Orlando Health network of complete medical services. UCF student-athletes will have access to comprehensive, world-class medical care, including emergency care, primary care, pulmonology, spine specialists, neurologists, cardiologists, physical therapists, athletic trainers and more.
“This community has been energized by UCF Athletics, and in caring for UCF student-athletes for many years, our team of specialists has had the pleasure of seeing that excitement up close,” says Michael Jablonski, M.D., physician lead with Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute. “With our team of world-class orthopedic specialists at Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute, our leading sports medicine program, and the wide network of high-quality care we have to serve our community, there’s no doubt in my mind we’ll be able to continue building on the winning culture established here at UCF.”
Under the agreement, Orlando Health will provide medical care for the 500 student-athletes competing in 16 sports under UCF Athletics. In addition, Orlando Health personnel, resources and medical expertise have been devoted to UCF Athletics since the onset of COVID-19 – particularly in crafting strategy for dealing with realities of the virus once UCF student-athletes began returning to campus in June.
“UCF Athletics already has benefitted tremendously, and in a variety of ways, from this partnership during this unique COVID-19 pandemic,” says UCF vice president and director of athletics Danny White. “Our comprehensive efforts to attack and deal with the realities of COVID-19 as our teams train and compete could not happen without Orlando Health.”
Since April, Orlando Health experts have assisted UCF Athletics in the development of several steps to ensure safety for student-athletes, staff, and fans attending athletic events, including:
- Virus testing for student-athletes and staff
- Development of a virus testing algorithm
- COVID-19 positive case management
- Pandemic-safety assessments for UCF Athletics facilities, including stadia, practice fields, locker rooms, strength and conditioning areas, and all other areas used by student-athletes
- Cleaning and disinfecting protocols
- Team meals protocols
- Planning and execution of COVID-19 preventative measures at all UCF athletic events
The specialists at Orlando Health Jewett Orthopedic Institute will lead the physicians and athletic trainers caring for UCF student-athletes on the field during competition, in the training room, and in Orlando Health clinics.
“The Knights are Orlando’s hometown team and in Orlando Health we have a partner who has been in this community for more than 100 years and is as committed to its well-being as we are,” says White. “Having Orlando Health by our side absolutely helps our student-athletes succeed and continues the growth of our program and our University.
“We know our student-athletes and others associated with their programs already appreciate the breadth, professionalism and comprehensive nature of this valuable partnership. Anyone leaving a son or daughter in our charge can rest assured they are in extremely capable hands with Orlando Health and UCF Athletics.”