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Clipper Magazine Stadium has long served as the community center for Lancaster County. Barnstormers’ baseball is part of a year-long event schedule that includes professional soccer, numerous non-profit walks, events, and corporate outings. Hundreds of thousands of Lancaster County residents come through the gates of the Stadium annually. The Premier Community Partnership brings together Lancaster County’s beloved Barnstormers with the widely recognized healthcare leaders of Eastern Pennsylvania and the Susquehanna Valley.

This multifaceted program will feature a “Patient Story” at Saturday Night Barnstormers’ games, either before the First Pitch or before the Fireworks Presentation. A Lancaster County native who has received care at Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine and/or The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will be introduced to the fans. The patient’s story will be presented on the Video Board. Each patient story will then be available on the Barnstormers’ website and many digital media platforms.

“The Barnstormers at Clipper Stadium offer a fun, family atmosphere to showcase the incredible stories happening at Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,” said Jan Bergen, Lancaster General Health President and CEO. “We are grateful to the families who will share their stories and very appreciative of the respectful way they should and will be portrayed.”  

The Barnstormers’ organization excels at presenting emotionally impactful stories to the people of Lancaster County. Recent programs included:

  • Saluting a critically wounded firefighter upon his recovery.
  • Honoring a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge in front of thousands of military veterans.
  • The return of a high school football star who had battled cancer through treatment at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, who made a triumphant “First Pitch” in front of his teammates.

“Clipper Magazine Stadium is the leading entertainment and sports venue in the Susquehanna Valley. Our Barnstormers’ organization is putting together an exceptional schedule of Barnstormers’ games, soccer games, non-profit events, corporate outings in 2016. Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will be at the forefront of every one of these programs, games and events,” noted Barnstormers’ Vice-President, Tony DeMarco.

The 2016 Barnstormers Logo presented by Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has been unveiled. The new logo will be featured in all Barnstormers promotional efforts throughout the stadium and in print and digital communication. The LG Health/Penn Medicine and CHOP logos will be displayed prominently on the video board at Clipper Magazine Stadium during all Barnstormers’ games and non-game day events and concerts. 

Two massive banners will be displayed along the outfield wall featuring our presenting partners’ logos. Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will also utilize the Barnstormers organization’s digital billboard network with locations throughout Lancaster County.

The Lancaster Barnstormers enter their 12th season as a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.  Home games are played at Clipper Magazine Stadium in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Please call 717.509.HITS (4487) or visit LancasterBarnstormers.com for more information.

Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine (LG Health/Penn Medicine), a member of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (Penn Medicine), is a 689-licensed bed not-for-profit health system with a comprehensive network of care encompassing Lancaster General Hospital (LGH), Women & Babies Hospital and the Lancaster Rehabilitation Hospital (in partnership with Kindred Healthcare). Their membership in Penn Medicine brings together the strengths of a world-renowned, not-for-profit academic medical center and a nationally recognized, not-for-profit community healthcare system.  LG Health/Penn Medicine joined with CHOP to provide nationally recognized pediatric care in the Lancaster community.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $5.3 billion enterprise.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Chestnut Hill Hospital and Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2015, Penn Medicine provided $253.3 million to benefit our community.

About The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation’s first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals and pioneering major research initiatives, Children’s Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 535-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball:
The Atlantic League is the most innovative league in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball. In the league’s 18-year history, over 34 million fans have attended ALPB games and more than 800 players have joined MLB organizations.  The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcases the talent of top-caliber players and offers affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.  ALPB clubs serve the communities of Bridgeport and New Britain, Conn., Lancaster and York, Pa., Central Islip, N.Y., Bridgewater, N.J., Waldorf, Md., and Sugar Land, Texas.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:
Anthony DeMarco
Vice President
Barnstormers
717-358-9863
ADeMarco@lancasterbarnstormers.com

John Lines
Director of Public Relations
Lancaster General Health/Penn Medicine
717-544-5054
jplines@lghealth.org

George V. Bochanski, Jr.
Director of Public Relations
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
267-426-6080
BochanskiG@email.chop.edu

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