Back of the net: Waterford based healthcare provider extends it links with the GAA
A Waterford based company has deepened its involvement with our national sports by coming on board as a GAA partner.
UPMC, the US Healthcare group which owns Whitfield Hospital on the Cork rd, has today announced a new commitment to the GAA and will become the Official Healthcare Partner to the GAA/GPA.
This is the second major announcement between UPMC and the GAA in recent weeks. Just last month UPMC signed a ten-year deal with Kilkenny GAA to become the new stadium sponsor of Nowlan Park.
The Pittsburgh based company, offers high-quality private health services at UPMC Whitfield Hospital in Waterford and other facilities in Ireland and will now work with the GAA/GPA to promote the health of Gaelic Players and the communities in which they play.
The announcement was made yesterday at Croke Park and builds on UPMC’s existing collaboration with the GAA on raising concussion awareness in Ireland through the National Concussion Symposium and the UPMC Concussion Network, the first nationwide network established for concussion diagnosis and care.
Speaking at the launch, David Beirne, senior vice president of UPMC International and managing director of UPMC in Ireland said: “UPMC has a long tradition of caring for athletes at all levels, including the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins.”
“This partnership with the GAA and GPA will allow us to raise awareness of UPMC’s world-class care in Ireland while working with the leaders of these sporting organisations to find innovative ways to support the well-being of their players on and off the field.”
Uachtarán CLG, John Horan, said: ‘’We are delighted to launch our official partnership with UPMC. This launch follows years of the GAA working together with UPMC providing concussion protocol training to those who look after our senior inter-county teams. This partnership is a mechanism to build on our great relationship in conjunction with the Gaelic Players Association allowing us to assist medical teams in providing healthcare to our players that is in line with international best practice in a range of areas.’’