The New York Mets Extend Partnership With Hospital for Special Surgery To Be The Presenting Partner of the Mets Academy in the Dominican Republic
The New York Mets have selected Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) as the Presenting Partner of the Mets Academy in the Dominican Republic.
In conjunction with this partnership, HSS will provide its expertise in connection with operation of the Mets Academy, including high quality preventative, educational, performance, and consulting services, for the benefit of the club’s Latin American prospects. Additionally, HSS will look to host educational workshops to medical professionals in the Dominican Republic as well as community and charitable events at the facility.
As the Mets Academy’s Presenting Partner, HSS will also receive branding within the training facility, which will be on display during the ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, April 22 at 11:30am.
“HSS has been a tremendous partner and supporter of all our health and performance programs for years and in addition to keeping our players healthy, they will join us in all our Dominican Academy community initiatives we participate in,” said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon. “Our Academy is such an important part of our organization that it only makes sense for HSS to provide the same advantages to all our athletes in the Dominican Republic.”
“HSS has a long specialized history in working with high-performing athletes with our clinical expertise and sports medicine research, said David W. Altchek, MD, sports medicine surgeon at HSS and medical director of the Mets. “We have been providing day-to-day coverage for the Mets for more than 25 years, as well as assisting in the decision-making for each player’s course of care throughout the seasons, and now look forward to enabling baseball prospects in this region to maintain long and healthy careers.”
Built in 2008, the Mets Academy is dedicated to developing Latin American baseball prospects; both on and off the field. The training facility is home to 3 full baseball fields, a professional-grade clubhouse, along with full-serve practice facility including batting cages, pitching mounds, sand track and swimming pool. Through different educational programs, the Mets not only support players to further refine their baseball techniques, but also provide them with workshops to learn English and opportunities to participate in community initiatives.
HSS Sports Medicine Institute boasts a team of physicians dedicated to treating athletic injuries of the musculoskeletal system that fields more than 95,000 patient visits each year and perform more than 10,000 surgeries. HSS physicians serve as team physicians and athletic trainers for more than 30 professional and college teams and organizations.
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 14th consecutive year), No. 2 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2023-2024), and the best pediatric orthopedic hospital in NY, NJ and CT by U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list (2023-2024). In a survey of medical professionals in more than 20 countries by Newsweek, HSS is ranked world #1 in orthopedics for a fourth consecutive year (2023). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has the lowest readmission rates in the nation for orthopedics, and among the lowest infection and complication rates. HSS was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center five consecutive times. 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, as well as in Florida. 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. In addition, more than 200 HSS clinical investigators are working to improve patient outcomes through better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat orthopedic, rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. The HSS Innovation Institute works to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The HSS Education Institute is a trusted leader in advancing musculoskeletal knowledge and research for physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, academic trainees, and consumers in more than 165 countries. 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. www.hss.edu.