NEW YORK, November 22, 2014 – Coordinated Health, one of eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey’s leading and largest sports medicine programs and specialty hospital networks, today awarded Chicago Cubs manager and former Lafayette College quarterback Joe Maddon the inaugural Coordinated Health Legend of The Rivalry award. The honor was presented on the field at Yankee Stadium by Coordinated Health founder and CEO Dr. Emil DiIorio minutes before the 150th Meeting of Lehigh University versus Lafayette, college football’s oldest rivalry.
For more than 25 years and spanning multiple generations, the Pennsylvania-based Coordinated Health hospital network has proudly served as team physicians for both Lafayette and Lehigh sports teams. Working together, all three organizations have forged numerous innovations and advancements in sports medicine.
In accepting the award, Maddon spoke with pride of his eastern Pennsylvania roots and thanked Coordinated Health for its recognition of Hazleton Integration Project, Maddon’s charity in his hometown of Hazleton.
Dr. DiIorio said, “I had the honor of serving as team physician for Lehigh University Athletics for more than a decade. Along with my partner Dr. Carl Weiss, who concurrently served as the team physician for Lafayette College Athletics, we had the privilege of caring for these elite student athletes. The Rivalry is much more than a game. It’s a tradition of teamwork, leadership and excellence.
“The newly named manager of the Chicago Cubs and a former Lafayette College quarterback, Joe Maddon exemplifies these qualities both on and off the field.”
Maddon was the star of the freshman Lafayette-Lehigh game in 1972, completing 14 of 17 passes for four touchdowns as quarterback. He then became a Lafayette standout catcher for three seasons, before dedicating his career to baseball.
The Tiffany & Co.-designed Coordinated Health Legend of the Rivalry award is inscribed with the distinction that earned Maddon the honor—“In recognition of unrivaled performance and dedication on and off the field.”
In addition, Coordinated Health will be making a contribution to Maddon’s Hazleton Integration Project as a sponsor for its All-Star Sports Banquet to be held December 19. Hazleton Integration Project is located in Maddon’s hometown of Hazleton, Pa., and provides opportunities for economically challenged children to participate in a variety of no-cost or low-cost, educational, cultural and athletic activities.
“Coordinated Health has been serving the Hazleton community for several years. We share Joe’s vision to invest in the community, its families and to provide the best possible care,” said Jim Tsokanos, president of Coordinated Health. “In 2015, we will be announcing a major expansion in the area that will provide a new level of care and jobs.”
About Coordinated Health: Coordinated Health is a Pennsylvania-based, privately held, physician owned, specialized hospital network that delivers simple, accessible, affordable and consistently effective value-based healthcare. The Coordinated Health network focuses on Orthopedics, Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine, Primary Care and Women’s Health, Cardiology, primary care and also offers a wide range of other services across 16 locations throughout eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey. Coordinated Health, the only hospital in the Lehigh Valley to earn the Top Performer rating from The Joint Commission three years in a row, has repeatedly earned top patient satisfaction scores from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
About Hazleton Integration Project: The project’s mission is to provide a suitable location within the city conducive to creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged children to participate in a variety of no-cost or low-cost educational, cultural and athletic activities.