Cleveland, Ohio—The NBA Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Clinic have extended their long-term partnership through a new multi-year agreement, continuing Cleveland Clinic’s role as the team’s official healthcare provider since 1993.
Through the partnership, Cleveland Clinic, the No. 2-ranked hospital in the country according to U.S. News & World Report, will continue to provide the highest quality healthcare and medical services for all Cavaliers players and their families, Cavaliers employees and fans for years to come. The renewed partnership also includes the extension of the naming rights to Cleveland Clinic Courts, the team’s state-of-the-art player training and development facility. The announcement was made on the 10th anniversary of Cleveland Clinic Courts, which opened in September 2007.
“The Cavaliers’ longtime relationship with Cleveland Clinic has thrived for over 20 years because of our shared values to perform and deliver at the very highest level and a mutual commitment to serve our Northeast Ohio community,” said Cavaliers and Quicken Loans Arena CEO Len Komoroski. “Cleveland Clinic is the global leader in healthcare, a tremendous community asset, and plays an essential role in our organization. They live near the center of our identity platform and how we approach operating our team, which makes our relationship much more than just a partnership. We are fortunate to have them by our side, and are proud to carry the Cleveland Clinic name in such close association with our brand.”
The agreement ensures that Cleveland Clinic’s experience, expertise, resources, doctors and staff will continue to provide state-of-the-art care to the Cavaliers and its fans.
“Advances in sports medicine have changed the game for professional athletes around the world. Student athletes and active adults have benefited from these advances, as well,” said Richard Parker, M.D., Cavs team physician and president of Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital. “It has been exciting to see how much relationships like the one we have with the Cavs have evolved over the years. The renewal of this partnership reflects both of our organizations’ continued commitment to Northeast Ohio, with a shared focus on fitness and health.”
Ten years ago, the $25 million investment Cavs chairman Dan Gilbert made to build Cleveland Clinic Courts reflected his commitment to grow and impact a championship culture for the team and players. Today, the 2016 NBA Champion Cavaliers are a testament to that vision.
“The scope and importance of our partnership with Cleveland Clinic in terms of having access to the very top doctors in the field of sports medicine and the innovation in healthcare they can offer our team at Cleveland Clinic Courts is invaluable,” said Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman. “The world-class healthcare that Dr. Parker and all the outstanding doctors provide our team is second to none, and puts our players in the best position possible to perform at the highest level throughout the rigors of the entire NBA season.”
In addition to caring for Cleveland Cavaliers players, Cleveland Clinic paramedics and critical care nurses have provided care for fans at Quicken Loans Arena throughout the years, and will continue to do so through this extended contract. They treat a variety of medical issues, including minor falls, bumps and bruises, and more complex issues such as heart attacks, strokes, and heat-related illness.
“There are many parallels in the way both of our organizations operate on a day-to-day basis,” said Brian Donley, M.D., Chief of Staff at Cleveland Clinic. “But one thing truly stands out, and that’s teamwork. We are honored to be able to work with the Cavs to bring the highest level of care to the players, their families and the fans.”
An integral component of the Cavaliers and Cleveland Clinic relationship is the importance both organizations place on children and families across Northeast Ohio.
Included in many of the Cavaliers community outreach initiatives, Cleveland Clinic Children’s has been the beneficiary of three NBA Draft Legacy Projects that were designed to provide children and families with safe places to live, learn and play.
These projects included an outdoor sports court; refurbished family lounge; and renovated activity center. In addition, a tradition for over 20 years, the entire Cavaliers team, players and coaches, visit the patients at Cleveland Clinic Children’s for an Annual Holiday Hospital Visit bringing gifts and support to the kids and their families.
The Cavs and Cleveland Clinic also team up to host Awareness Night games and initiatives throughout the season to help educate fans on health and wellness. Featured awareness platforms include breast cancer, men’s health, colon cancer, heart health and autism.