The National Basketball Players Association and Hospital for Special Surgery Team Up to Score Health Care Win for Players
The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) has selected Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) as the Official Hospital of the NBPA. The new multi-year partnership provides current and retired professional basketball players with access to high quality preventative, surgical, rehabilitative, performance, and consulting services. HSS will also be named a Founding Partner of the NBPA’s state-of-the-art training facility that serves athletes at all levels.
"Player health is critical to our members’ ability to achieve and sustain success on the court," said NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts. "This partnership will complement the work of NBPA Director of Sports Medicine & Research Joe Rogowski and his team by ensuring that our players receive access to the best in orthopedic care. We look forward to working with HSS and welcome Dr. Kelly and his colleagues to the NBPA."
"Quality of life, both on and off the court, is predicated on receiving trustworthy, comprehensive and timely medical advice," said Bryan T. Kelly, MD, Chief of HSS Sports Medicine. "It is our privilege to work closely with the NBPA and their medical and training staff to keep every player both healthy and safe."
HSS Sports Medicine Institute physicians will provide orthopedic consultation services at NBPA Retiree Health Screenings. Additionally, over the course of the year, HSS will provide educational and health information at all NBPA Youth Clinics and Agent Seminars.
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.
The NBPA’s training facility, designed specifically for high performance athletes, is home to a 65-foot practice court, professional-grade locker room, and full-service workout facility that includes a hot tub, cold tub and HyrdroWorx underwater treadmill.
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 11th consecutive year), No. 4 in rheumatology by U.S. News & World Report (2020-2021), and the best pediatric orthopedic hospital in NY, NJ and CT by U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” list (2021-2022). HSS is ranked world #1 in orthopedics by Newsweek (2020-2021). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has the lowest complication and readmission rates in the nation for orthopedics, and among the lowest infection 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. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. 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. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 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 130 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.