SJSU Athletics, O'Connor Hospital, Learfield's Campus+ Unveil Multi-Year Relationship

Feb. 8, 2018

San José, Calif.----- The latest in a line of major corporate relationships for the San José State University (SJSU) Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is a multi-year agreement with O'Connor Hospital of San José. Marie Tuite, the Spartans' director of athletics, made the announcement.

As a new corporate partner, O'Connor immediately becomes the "Official Healthcare Partner" of San José State University Athletics and will offer student-athletes an integrated healthcare delivery system with streamlined access to urgent care, emergency care, surgical services and rehabilitation services.

"Our new partnership with O'Connor Hospital offers our student-athletes a superior integrated off-campus health care system here in the Silicon Valley, less than 15 minutes away from our campus. O'Connor's team of physicians, nurses, specialists, staff and administrators are very highly regarded," Tuite said. "This is a `win-win' arrangement for San José State University Athletics and O'Connor Hospital."

"We are delighted to align one Silicon Valley icon, O'Connor Hospital, with another -- San José State University," said Jordan R. Herget, O'Connor Hospital's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Each organization lays a critical role in the community around us. Our physicians and staff are pleased to be of service to San José State student-athletes who may need expert care at our hospital."

O'Connor Hospital will have the opportunity to host two events promoting health wellness and disease awareness in conjunction with SJSU Athletics events throughout the academic year.

O'Connor will have increased contact with student-athletes, staff, faculty, alumni and Spartan sports fans through venue signage, game-day sponsorships, digital campaigns and engagement on the Spartan Radio Network.

The hospital will continue serving as the presenting sponsor to the Spartan Foundation "Athlete of the Month" which is promoted online, in social media and on newsletter platforms to recognize superior intercollegiate athletics achievements.

On behalf of SJSU Athletics, the newly integrated corporate relationship between San José State University Athletics and O'Connor Hospital was cultivated by Learfield's Campus+ business. Learfield serves as the Spartans' multi-media rights holder.

"There are significant possibilities that exist through this partnership and the obvious affinity of aligning San José's oldest hospital with a college that has stood the test of time since 1857 and having that college, San José State University, in its own backyard," said Learfield's Campus+ Executive Vice President Solly Fulp.

"This is an excellent example of Learfield identifying smart, strategic relationships for the Spartans that are mutually beneficial for the corporate partner, the university and its fans."

ABOUT SAN JOSÉ STATE ATHLETICS

San José State University sponsors 20 (seven men's and 13 women's) NCAA Division I intercollegiate sports programs for approximately 470 student-athletes annually. In football, the Spartans are a member of Division I's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the NCAA's highest level of competition.

The Spartans' primary conference affiliation is with the Mountain West. Selected teams belong to the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF), the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and the Golden Coast Conference (GCC).

San José State has 10 NCAA team championships and 52 NCAA individual titles. Sixty-two (62) Spartans competed in one or more Olympic Games. San José State athletes have won seven gold, six silver and seven bronze medals at the Olympics.

Annually, about one-third of the student-athlete population earns either an institutional, conference or national recognition based on outstanding academic performance.

ABOUT O'CONNOR HOSPITAL

O'Connor Hospital became a part of the new Verity Health System in December 2015. Since then, significant revitalization efforts have been under way including the recruitment of new physicians joining the ranks of existing hospital physicians, development of new clinical programs and strategic business relationships, facility enhancements and marketing initiatives.

O'Connor Hospital offers an innovative "10-minute Commitment," an assurance for patients visiting the emergency department to be evaluated by the medical team within 10 minutes of arrival, as well as a convenient online check-in tool for non-life-threatening emergencies.