Somerset Medical Center Named
Presenting Sponsor of Sky Blue FC

Sky Blue FC Account Executive Meg Pyle and Assistant Coach Anne Parnila model a couple of the new team jerseys (Photo by Lou Lazarte).

Medical Center to Serve as Player Jersey Title Sponsor; Act as Official Medical Providers of Team

Somerset, N.J. (Wednesday, February 17, 2010) – Defending Women’s Professional Soccer (WPS) Champion Sky Blue FC announced today that Somerset Medical Center has been named the presenting sponsor of the team for its upcoming season of play. Somerset Medical Center, which is based in central New Jersey, will also be the player jersey title sponsor of Sky Blue FC, in addition to being the official medical providers of the team.

"This is the right partnership at the right time, and it is one worthy of our Championship team,” Sky Blue FC General Manager Gerry Marrone stated. “Somerset Medical Center’s Sports Performance & Rehabilitation Center offers advanced training in sports medicine. Their work with other professional sports teams, combined with their expertise in strength, conditioning, speed and agility, is an ideal partnership for us. We are overwhelmed with their enthusiasm in just a brief amount of time planning our joint initiative."

Somerset Medical Center’s Sports Performance & Rehabilitation Center will also handle injury prevention and physical therapy for the players of Sky Blue FC. In addition, both organizations will partner in community initiatives.

"We look forward to working with the outstanding athletes at Sky Blue FC to help them stay on top of their game and gain a competitive edge," said Dr. Jack Kripsak, medical director of Somerset Medical Center's Sports Performance & Rehabilitation Center. "Our trainers and therapists have extensive experience working with athletes of all ages and abilities, from Olympians and the pros to high school athletes and ‘weekend warriors.’ In addition, David Abrutyn, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Somerset Medical Center, will serve as the team’s orthopedic surgeon. We are proud to expand into the exciting and growing sport of women's soccer."

Somerset Medical Center is a nationally accredited and regional medical center providing comprehensive emergency, medical/surgical and rehabilitative services, as well as a broad range of community programs, to central New Jersey residents. The medical center is a clinical research affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and it is ranked in the top 10% of hospitals in the nation for joint replacement surgery, including total knee and total hip replacement surgeries, according to HealthGrades, the nation’s leading health care quality ratings organization.

The medical center also serves as the official health care partner of the five-time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots, a minor league baseball club in Bridgewater, New Jersey. The Sports Performance & Rehabilitation Center is located at T.D. Bank Ballpark, home stadium of the Patriots, where Sky Blue FC players will receive the bulk of their rehabilitation and treatment.

Somerset Medical Center’s Sports Performance & Rehabilitation Center helps athletes of all ages and abilities maintain a competitive edge and stay in the game by avoiding injury. Their staff includes certified athletic trainers, licensed physical therapists, strength and conditioning coaches and exercise physiologists with advanced training in sports medicine.

For more information about Somerset Medical Center, visit www.somersetmedicalcenter.com.



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