HUNTSVILLE, TEXAS (August 16, 2011)

Three people at football field in HuntsvilleSam Houston State University (SHSU) today announced a new partnership that will ensure its students stay healthy on and off the field.

Huntsville Memorial Hospital and Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center together will serve as official healthcare providers of the SHSU athletic department. As part of the agreement, the two hospitals along with their dedicated medical staffs will provide medical coverage at all SHSU athletic events. Additionally, in the event of an injury, athletes will have access to a team of physician specialists and allied healthcare professionals who understand the importance of rapid injury diagnostics and treatment and will work in the athletes' best interest to enable a safe return to the playing field.

"We're excited to expand our affiliation through this sports medicine partnership with Sam Houston State University," said Sally Nelson, CEO of Huntsville Memorial and Steve Sanders, CEO of Memorial Hermann The Woodlands. "Working hand-in-hand, we are committed to providing state-of-the-art sports medicine services to students affiliated with the University's athletic program. We also hope to engage and inspire athletes and students alike to explore and pursue exciting and fulfilling careers in healthcare."

"The welfare of each of our student-athletes is a priority at Sam Houston State," said Bobby Williams, SHSU Director of Athletics. "This new partnership will advance our program in the area of sports medicine coverage. To partner with a team of medical professionals respected throughout the Southwest and the nation will enhance our efforts in providing quality care for all of our student-athletes."

Photo caption: Bobby Williams, Sam Houston State Director of Athletics; Sally Nelson, CEO, Huntsville Memorial Hospital; Steve Sanders, CEO, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital.