Pirates Partner Up with Steward Health Care and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center On Organization’s First Medical Deal

By: Oliver Nissi
Pirates Insider
April 7, 2021

WORCESTER, MA. — The Massachusetts Pirates have announced their first official medical partnership in the organization’s history with St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Massachusetts.

St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a Steward Family Hospital, is located in the heart of Boston’s Brighton neighborhood. Founded in 1868, St. Elizabeth’s is one of ten Steward hospitals in the state of Massachusetts. St. Elizabeth’s is also a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine and offers patients access to some of Boston’s most respected physicians and advanced treatments for a full range of medical specialties, including family medicine, cardiovascular care, women and infants’ health, cancer care, neurology care, and orthopedics.

Steward Health Care is the United States’ largest private, tax-paying physician-led health care network and operates 37 hospitals across the nation, in addition to 2 hospitals internationally in the country of Malta. Steward family hospitals serve over 800 communities nationwide and have received the nation’s top awards for quality and safety.

The company employs approximately 42,000 health care professionals, a number that includes over 5,000 physicians. The Steward network includes 25-plus urgent care centers and 100-plus skilled nursing facilities. Steward’s Health Care Network is made up of physicians who care for approximately 2.2 million patients annually and provides more than 12 million patient encounters per year.

A look inside the newly renovated St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit.

The Pirates have announced Thomas J. Gill, MD as Head Team Physician. Dr. Gill, who serves as the Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery for the Steward Health Care System, spoke with masspiratesfootball.com and detailed some of the ways he will be caring for the Pirates.

“We are excited to be able to partner with the Pirates and their exceptional organization. As the team’s official medical provider, we will provide innovative training and treatment techniques to help the Pirates perform at their highest level.”

Dr. Gill previously served as Medical Director for the Boston Red Sox, Head Team Physician for the New England Patriots, and Team Physician for the Boston Bruins. Dr. Gill graduated from Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude in Biology from Harvard College and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.

The Massachusetts Pirates will also begin utilizing the Boston Sports Performance Center as a team workout facility and rehab center, which is located within the Boston Sports Institute in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The Boston Sports Performance Center features experienced strength and conditioning specialists, licensed physical therapists and athletic trainers, Boston’s top sports medicine physicians, state-of-the-art equipment, and advanced sports performance programs.

James Terwilliger, president of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, also spoke with masspiratesfootball.com and is excited to be partnered with the Pirates.

“With some of the most experienced sports medicine specialists and orthopedic surgeons in the greater Boston area under the leadership of Dr. Gill, and our comprehensive orthopedics offerings, such as our facility the Boston Sports Performance Center, we are thrilled to help the Pirates tackle their upcoming seasons.”

Pirates founder, co-owner, and president Jawad Yatim is ecstatic to have Steward Health and the Pirates connected going forward.

“We couldn’t be any more thrilled to be working with Dr. Gill, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, and Steward Health Care. I would like to thank our head athletic trainer Daniel Cordoba for making the initial introduction and to Dr. Gill and Paula Mulkern for working with me on executing the partnership. To have a medical team as accomplished and experienced as they are will undoubtedly improve our performance on and off the field, and we look forward to working with them for years to come.”

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