Originally Released: April 26, 1996
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Baltimore's new NFL football team, the Ravens, has chosen the University of Maryland Medicine to provide comprehensive medical care for its players. The medical center was one of several Baltimore-area health care systems that had submitted proposals to the Ravens.
"We selected the University of Maryland Medical Center because of its commitment to sports medicine and experience in injury treatment and rehabilitation," says Ravens' head trainer Bill Tessendorf. "We believe the Medical Center will help us keep our players and staff in good health. We are obviously impressed with University's staff and abilities."
The University of Maryland Medical Center has announced the recruitment of two sports medicine specialists, including one who has worked with the team for the last five years, to oversee the players' medical care.
"In order to provide the best possible service to the Ravens, we have recruited two outstanding physicians who are experienced in sports and family medicine to be the team's primary physicians," says Morton I. Rapoport, M.D., president and CEO of the University of Maryland Medical System. "Mr. Art Modell, Ravens' owner and president and his management team are committed to giving their players the finest care available."
Claude T. Moorman III, M.D., an orthopaedic surgeon with special training in sports medicine, has been recruited as director of sports medicine at the University of Maryland Medical System. Dr. Moorman, who received his surgical training at Duke University, is moving to Baltimore from Durham, North Carolina. He has served as an assistant team physician for the New York Giants NFL football team and head team physician for the AAA baseball franchise Durham Bulls, as well as for numerous teams at the high school and college levels. He will also join the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty in the Department of Surgery.
Andrew M. Tucker, M.D., who has provided primary care for the Cleveland Browns since 1991, will move to Baltimore and join the University of Maryland School of Medicine faculty in the Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Tucker, a primary care sports medicine specialist, comes to Baltimore from the Cleveland Clinic Section of Sports Medicine.
The sports medicine program will be headquartered at the University of Maryland Medical System's new, state-of-the-art rehabilitation center at Kernan Hospital. Called the Schaefer Rehabilitation Center at Kernan, the 128-bed facility in Woodlawn serves patients with a variety of orthopaedic conditions as well as neurological disorders and brain and spinal cord injuries.
Team members will be able to use the new Schaefer Center as well as other sites in the University Rehabilitation Network, which include facilities offering comprehensive rehabilitation services in Columbia, Glen Burnie and Woodlawn.
Dr. Moorman and Dr. Tucker, who will join the University's medical staff in June, will care for a full range of medical issues among team members. They will accompany the team at all of their home and away games, and also will be on hand during training sessions. They will also advise the Ravens' training staff on injury prevention and trends in treatment and rehabilitation. Dr. Moorman and Dr. Tucker will attend mini-camp sessions later this spring to offer medical evaluations to the Ravens' coaching and training staffs.
In addition to sports medicine and orthopaedic services, the medical center will offer a full spectrum of health care to team members. Included will be hand surgery, plastic surgery, substance abuse counseling, nutritional services, dentistry, ophthalmology, radiology, cardiology, and neurology services, among others.
The Ravens' new stadium, to be built next to Oriole Park at Camden Yards, will be located only a few blocks away from the Medical Center, home to the Shock Trauma Center, making trauma care readily available if ever needed.
"Our partnership with the Ravens will give our rehabilitation and sports medicine programs a real boost," says Don Joyce, vice president of postacute services and the University Rehabilitation Network. "We know that weekend athletes want the same level of professional care for their injuries and rehabilitation that the pros get." He notes that the University Rehabilitation Network already provides orthopaedic services, athletic training, and physical therapy services to the sports programs at seven high schools in Central Maryland.
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