Eastern Florida State Sells Naming Rights to Soccer Stadium, Now Called ‘Orlando Health Stadium’
By Space Coast Daily // October 27, 2019
Orlando Health is now the official medical team for Eastern Florida athletics
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Eastern Florida State College announced a sponsorship agreement with Orlando Health that includes the naming rights to the college’s soccer stadium on the Melbourne campus.
The 1,500-seat venue is now called Orlando Health Stadium.
Orlando Health is a private, not-for-profit network of community and specialty hospitals based in Orlando, Florida.
Orlando Health comprises Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, Orlando Health Dr. P. Phillips Hospital, Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital, Orlando Health South Lake Hospital (50 percent partnership), Orlando Health Central and Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center.
Orlando Health is Central Florida’s fifth-largest employer with nearly 14,000 employees and more than 2,000 affiliated physicians.
Eastern Florida State College also announced Orlando Health is the official medical team for the college’s athletics.
“We have partnered with Orlando Health for several years and are thrilled they are now the official medical provider for Eastern Florida State College athletics along with the renaming of our soccer stadium to Orlando Health stadium,” said Jeff Carr, EFSC associate vice president of athletics.
“The strength of our relationship with Orlando Health is built on the leadership provided by team doctors, Bruce Thomas, M.D. and Darryl Osbahr, M.D., who lead an athletic training staff that is like family to our athletic teams.
“I want to thank Orlando Health for this partnership, along with Dr. James H. Richey, president of EFSC, and Jack Parker, vice president of external affairs at EFSC.”
Eastern Florida State College has 11 varsity teams competing in the Florida College System Activities Association and the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Under the agreement, Orlando Health will be the exclusive provider of medical care to EFSC athletes and provide athletic trainers who will perform training services, including on-site, in-stadium medical services as required on game days.
Orlando Health’s EFSC medical team will be led by Bruce Thomas, MD, a sports medicine physician in practice with Orlando Health Orthopedic Institute’s Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group.
He is currently the team physician for Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals’ Florida operations and serves as medical director for the Ladies Professional Golf Association.
“This is yet another exciting opportunity for Orlando Health’s sports medicine program to showcase what it can do to help athletes excel on a big stage,” says Thomas.
“We’re honored to work with the athletes at EFSC and look forward to doing what we can to help them succeed as student-athletes.”