SEATTLE, July 25, 2019 - Oak View Group (OVG) and Seattle Hockey Partners LLC ("NHL Seattle") today announced Virginia Mason Health System as a founding partner and the official health care provider of the National Hockey League's 32nd franchise.
Virginia Mason also revealed its plans for an outpatient medical facility at NHL Seattle's Northgate Ice Centre that will be open to the public, in addition to serving the team.
Virginia Mason is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest, and has a national reputation for care quality and patient safety. In this partnership, Virginia Mason will provide health care to NHL Seattle's players, staff and personnel, offering a suite of services from general wellness to sports therapy. As a founding partner, Virginia Mason will be represented throughout the practice facility and the New Arena at Seattle Center. Additional details and timing for the opening of the new Virginia Mason medical clinic at Northgate will be released in the coming months.
"Our partnership with NHL Seattle reflects our commitment to serving the community, providing quality care, and supporting health and wellness throughout the region," said Virginia Mason Chairman and CEO Gary S. Kaplan, MD. "These have been priorities for our organization since it was established nearly 100 years ago. We are excited to be affiliated with Seattle's new professional hockey team. The partnership with NHL Seattle will create unique opportunities for Virginia Mason to expand its work as a leading health care provider and community resource."
Virginia Mason will support youth hockey in the region and is exploring partnerships with youth hockey teams, clubs and organizations. As part of these relationships, Virginia Mason will offer clinics, educational programs and special experiences.
"The Virginia Mason team will play a big role in keeping our players and staff healthy as NHL Seattle's health care provider of choice. This is a big win for us and their expertise is going to be critical to keep our athletes at the top of their game," said Tod Leiweke, CEO of NHL Seattle. "Virginia Mason's commitment to youth hockey and the new clinic at the Northgate Ice Centre also makes this a win for the community. We're excited to grow the game of hockey together."
No stranger to professional sports, Virginia Mason is the namesake for the Seattle Seahawks' training facility (Virginia Mason Athletic Center, or VMAC). Virginia Mason is also the medical provider for the Seattle Sounders soccer team and the Seattle Seawolves rugby team.
"Virginia Mason is a leader in health care delivery in the Pacific Northwest and we are proud to partner with them at the Northgate Ice Centre," said Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group.
NHL Seattle's inaugural season begins in 2021. Latest updates can be found at www.nhl.com/seattle.