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Canes Partner with Employer Direct Healthcare

Team's employees to receive access to broad healthcare concierge program

by Terrell Williams @NHLCanes / Carolina Hurricanes News Release

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes and Gale Force Sports & Entertainment, today announced a partnership with Employer Direct Healthcare in an effort to develop a more curated benefits program for the organization's valued employees. Beginning with the upcoming 2018 plan year, employees will receive access to a broad healthcare concierge program to help navigate the complexities of healthcare. In addition, employees will receive access to Employer Direct Healthcare's core product, SurgeryPlus®, a supplemental surgical benefit for non-emergent surgeries that provides high-quality care, a better experience and lower costs.

The Hurricanes' goal is to create a best-in-class experience for their fans, but achieving that goal isn't possible without healthy and enthusiastic employees who bring the team's goals to life.

"People attend Hurricanes' games not only for the players, but for the entire arena experience," said Tom Dundon, majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes. "None of this would be possible without all of our staff members, who work hard to create memorable experiences for our fans. This partnership will help ensure that our off-ice team is healthy, while also bringing us one step closer to being both a better hockey club and providing the premier entertainment experience in the Triangle."

This partnership will allow for arena and operations staff to have access to dedicated Care Coordinators who educate members on their benefits and direct members towards the highest quality providers. The Hurricanes are excited to offer their employees with more choices, while improving their quality of care.

John Zutter, CEO of Employer Direct Healthcare said, "We believe the Carolina Hurricanes organization is a perfect fit for SurgeryPlus® and we are excited to provide high quality healthcare and a concierge experience to the team's hard-working employees who bring a world-class hockey experience to the Triangle."

About Employer Direct Healthcare and SurgeryPlus
Employer Direct Healthcare is an innovative healthcare service business providing a high-quality and cost-efficient solution for large, self-funded employers and their members. The company's core product, SurgeryPlus®, is a supplemental, surgical benefit that includes a national network of 100% board-certified Surgeons of Excellence and high-quality facilities. SurgeryPlus covers hundreds of non-emergent procedures with pre-negotiated bundled rates, resulting in consolidated costs for each episode of care. Dedicated Care Coordinators provide full-concierge service to covered members, managing the entire procedure process on their behalf.

Learn more at or by calling (855) 200-9511.

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