Go Sounders! A look back on our partnership

December 27, 2023 Swedish Communications

What a year for Providence Swedish and Seattle Sounders FC! We're excited to grow our partnership and continue supporting our communities.    

Season one is in the books. Providence and Seattle Sounders FC are celebrating a successful first year of the partnership with a look back on what we’ve accomplished.

Providence and Seattle Sounders FC in January announced a new partnership that unites two community-focused organizations aimed at driving meaningful impact in the areas of youth mental health and wellness​ Providence was announced as the jersey sponsor and Providence Swedish as the “Official Health Care partner of Seattle Sounders FC.”​

Seattle Sounders FC Albert Rusnák with Chief Nursing Officer Renee Rassilyer-Bomers (at left) and Director of Quality Heather Martin (at right) during his summer visit to Swedish First Hill. Top photo: Elizabeth Wako, M.D., president and CEO of Swedish Health Services, asks Sammy the Sounder to open wide during a checkup at August's health clinic for Renton School District students. (Mike Fiechtner/Sounders FC photo) 

Caring in our Community

Providence and Seattle Sounders partnered with Renton School District (RSD)to address and improve youth mental health and wellness amongst its students. Some highlights:

  • This year, the organizations made virtual therapy available for more than 15,000 RSD students.
  • Work2BeWell, a mental health and wellness program focused on providing mental health resources and education for teens, parents and educators, provided five curriculum training sessions. The organizations executed six mental wellness-themed assemblies, small support groups and a mental health club.
  • Five-hundred students attended the unveiling of a mini-pitch soccer field at Benson Hill Elementary. Watch the video
  • More than 250 students were served at a free sports physical screening event. Be sure to watch the video

Swedish caregivers staffed August's free, two-day student athlete clinic sponsored by Providence Swedish and Sounders FC. 

Throughout the season, Providence Swedish Rehabilitation and Performance Medicine provided Sounders players with sports medicine and medical care. This includes pre-season MLS player physicals and cardiac testing, medical staff and a stretcher crew for each home game; flu shots for all players and 65 front office staff; and medical care for all Sounders players and families.

The partnership with Seattle Sounders FC drives brand awareness for Providence and Providence Swedish. Providence and Providence Swedish branding is on all primary and training jersey kits, in stadium signage and social media. Providence achieved brand recognition through live events, televised events and various media platforms, amplifying both visibility and engagement.  

Engaging Providence and Providence Swedish caregivers is an essential part of the partnership. This year, Sounders players Alex Roldan and Freddy Montero visited multiple Providence Swedish, Puget Sound, and Eastern Washington facilities to visit with patients and caregivers. Providence Swedish also hosted a live webinar to discuss mental health with Sounders player Freddy Montero. Many caregivers who consider themselves “superfans” participated in a contest.

The two organizations look forward to growing the partnership and its impact in the community next season. Go Sounders!

About Providence

Providence is a nonprofit provider of healthcare services in the Western United States, and is headquartered in Renton, Washington. Providence’s Well Being Trust is a national foundation dedicated to advancing mental, social and spiritual well-being.

About Providence Swedish

Providence Swedish has served the Puget Sound region since the first Providence hospital opened in Seattle in 1877 and the first Swedish hospital opened in 1910. The two organizations affiliated in 2012 and today comprise the largest health care delivery system in Western Washington, with 22,000 caregivers, eight hospitals and 244 clinics. A not-for-profit family of organizations, Providence Swedish provides more than $406 million in community benefit in the Puget Sound Region each year. The health system offers a comprehensive range of services and specialty and subspecialty care in a number of clinical areas, including cancer care, cardiovascular health, neurosciences, orthopedics, digestive health and women’s and children’s care. 

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