Stonehill Announces Partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Elizabeth Matzkin

BWH to provide sports medicine services for all student-athletes 

EASTON, Mass. (November 26, 2013) – Stonehill College is proud to formally announce a partnership with Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) to provide sports medicine services for its 450 student-athletes. Elizabeth G. Matzkin, MD, a sports medicine specialist in the Department of Orthopedics at BWH, will serve as the team physician, with supporting coverage from other orthopedic experts from BWH through its Health Care Center located in Foxboro, Mass.

“We are committed to providing our student-athletes with the highest quality of medical attention and are thrilled to be partnering with Brigham and Women’s Hospital to provide this care,” said Brendan Sullivan, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Stonehill.

Through the partnership, BWH provides coverage for all Stonehill home football and ice hockey games and an orthopedic specialist is available 24/7 for student-athletes. Additionally, BWH specialists host a training clinic at the Stonehill campus every Sunday morning.

“I am excited about our new partnership with Brigham and Women's Hospital and their sports medicine department,” said Peter Krysko, ATC, M.Ed., Head Athletic Trainer at Stonehill. “The high level of expertise and experience Dr. Matzkin and her colleagues bring to the table along with the world class, state-of-the-art facilities the Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center located in Foxboro offer our student-athletes will be a benefit to their individual health care needs and to the overall success of our athletic programs.”

BWH orthopedic care is delivered with the expertise, innovation and commitment from a program – and a hospital – that consistently has been ranked as one of America’s best by U.S. News & World Report®. A staff of more than 40 physicians at four locations in the greater Boston area does everything possible to provide patients with expert, comprehensive care. The Department of Orthopedic Surgery provides diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, including the bones and joints of the arms, legs, and spine, and nerves, ligaments, tendons, and muscles.

“Student-athletes have unique needs and we are excited about the opportunity to work with the Stonehill College Skyhawks and streamline their medical care through this partnership,” said Matzkin.

Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is an international leader in virtually every area of medicine and has been the site of pioneering breakthroughs that have improved lives around the world. A major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, BWH has a legacy of excellence that continues to grow year after year. With two outstanding hospitals and over 150 outpatient practices with over 1,200 physicians, we serve patients from New England, throughout the United States, and from 120 countries around the world.

With 20 intercollegiate sports, Stonehill boasts one of the top athletic and academic programs in the country. The Skyhawks have finished in the top three in the final NE-10 Presidents' Cup standings nine straight years, winning the Cup four times, including a streak of three-straight from 2009-10 through 2011-12. This prestigious award is given to the top performing athletic school in the Northeast-10, across all sports and seasons. Stonehill has received the NCAA Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Achievement each of the first two years if the program's existence of honoring programs with an Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90-percent or better. The Skyhawks have earned a 97% Academic Success Ranking (ASR) by the NCAA, which considers the academic success rate of the institution based on the graduation rate of student-athletes, good for fifth among all NCAA Division II institutions, with nine Skyhawk teams receiving a perfect rating of 100%. In addition, the Skyhawks are ranked sixth in the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Power Rankings used to assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA and NAIA athletic programs.

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