Florida Atlantic University’s athletics department has named Boca Raton Regional Hospital as its sports medicine provider. FAU will work in conjunction with the hospital to provide health care for its more than 450 student athletes. The agreement is for five years with the possibility of three additional one-year extensions should both parties agree. The agreement was reached after an intensive search process conducted by FAU athletics.
“After a thorough review of the proposals, we believed that Boca Regional’s outstanding clinical capabilities and physician expertise, coupled with the hospital’s close proximity to our campus made for what we believe to be the best choice for our student-athletes,” said Craig Angelos, FAU’s director of athletics.
Boca Regional will provide FAU athletes with pre-competition physicals and other screenings required by the NCAA. A medical staff will cover both home and away football games, as well as home basketball games. In addition, Boca Regional Sports Medicine will provide weekly clinics for athletes and give ready access to other Boca Regional specialists as well as state-of the-art imaging should the need arise.
Ted Raptis, MD, will serve as Boca Regional’s sports medicine program director and will lead a team of specialist in the coverage of FAU teams. “We are delighted to have been selected as the provider of sports medicine for the Owls,” said Raptis. “With a new stadium on the horizon, the tremendous coaches and outstanding teams across the spectrum, it is an exciting time for FAU athletics and the University as a whole. We’re enthused to be involved in such an important way,”
Over the last five decades, both Boca Regional and FAU have developed a common commitment to the residents of Boca Raton marked by support, services and leadership in the respective domains. Throughout this time frame, the institutions have broadened their range, touching the lives of individuals well beyond the immediate community.
“Assuming the role as sports medicine provider for FAU athletics is completely aligned with the significant relationship that our Hospital and FAU have had in the past and will continue to have in the future as we serve our students, patients and the community,” said Jerry Fedele, president and CEO of Boca Regional.
The University and Boca Regional have collaborated on many fronts. The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has set the stage for improvements in the patient care experience while providing a comprehensive clinical rotation for its nursing students at Boca Regional. The Hospital also serves as an internship site for the FAU health administration program, the speech and language pathology program and the exercise science department, a common major for many student athletes. The Hospital is a teaching facility for the new Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU.