Illinois Wesleyan University Athletics names OSF HealthCare official
health care provider
For immediate release
Contact: Katie Gonzales | Director of Athletic Communications, Illinois Wesleyan University | (309) 556-3640
Curt Squires | Public Relations Coordinator, OSF HealthCare | (309) 825-7255
(October 24, 2023|BLOOMINGTON, Ill.) – OSF HealthCare has been named the official health care provider for Illinois Wesleyan University athletics in an exclusive partnership.
As part of the renewable three-year agreement, OSF HealthCare will provide athletic training services to all Illinois Wesleyan University Titan student-athletes.
“We are excited to continue building meaningful partnerships in the Bloomington-Normal community and extremely proud to be a part of the Titan family as their official health care provider,” said Lynn Fulton, president, OSF HealthCare St. Joseph Medical Center. “We are looking forward to providing world-class athletic training services to the IWU Titans and supporting their health and wellbeing.”
Robert Seidl, MD, will serve as the medical director of the IWU program and will work closely with Karan Rai, MD, a sports medicine physician with OSF HealthCare.
“Continuing to care for the Titans year after year is a passion of mine,” said Dr. Seidl. “I enjoy working with the athletes and supporting their ongoing health and wellness. The partnership with OSF HealthCare is a great addition and will elevate the breadth and depth of services for the student-athletes.”
"We are excited about this new partnership with OSF and the role it will have in expanding the breadth of services that we are able to provide Titan student-athletes," Illinois Wesleyan Athletic Director Mike Wagner said. "The care of our student-athletes is always at the forefront. This agreement builds upon the great relationships we have had with Dr. Rob Seidl, Dr. Tyler Neal, and many others for more than 30 years. We appreciate President Fulton and Dr. Seidl's vision and commitment to being a great community partner as we continue to ensure our student-athletes receive excellent sports medicine care."
OSF HealthCare and IWU have a long history of being embedded in this area. IWU was founded in 1850, and the sisters of the Order of St. Francis opened what is now OSF St. Joseph in 1880. Throughout the years, the two long-standing organizations have worked for the good of the community.
The athletic partnership began in August, but the formal agreement was recently signed.
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OSF HealthCare is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis, headquartered in Peoria, Illinois. OSF HealthCare has 16 hospitals – 10 acute care, five critical access, one transitional care - with 2,131 licensed beds throughout Illinois and Michigan. OSF employs nearly 24,000 Mission Partners across 150+ locations; has two colleges of nursing; operates OSF Home Care Services, an extensive network of home health and hospice services; owns Pointcore, Inc., comprised of health care-related businesses; OSF HealthCare Foundation, the philanthropic arm for the organization; and OSF Ventures, which provides investment capital for promising health care innovation startups. In 2020, OSF OnCall was established, a digital health operating unit, including a hospital-at-home. OSF OnCall delivers care and services when, where and how patients prefer to receive them. OSF HealthCare has been recognized by Fortune as one of the most innovative companies in the country. More at osfhealthcare.org/.
Illinois Wesleyan University, founded in 1850, is a nationally recognized, independent, private university. The University is exclusively undergraduate and enrolls approximately 1,600 students from across the nation and around the globe. IWU sponsors 26 NCAA Division III athletic programs with a tradition of success athletically, academically, and in the community.