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Baptist Health Orthopedic Care and Miami HEAT Break Ground on the Miami Heat Sports Medicine Center

August 23, 2018

Breaking Ground (From L to R) Pat Riley, Dr. Harlan Selesnick, Joe Natoli, Nelson Lazo

MIAMI, FL – August 23, 2018 – Today, Baptist Health Orthopedic Care, part of Baptist Health South Florida, and the Miami HEAT enter into an unprecedented partnership and break ground on The Miami HEAT Sports Medicine Center at Baptist Health Orthopedic Care. The multi-year partnership is the first of its kind for the two organizations, both of which are stewards of wellness in the South Florida community.

Scheduled to open in summer 2019, the 49,000 square foot building is located at 1150 Campo Sano Avenue, adjacent to Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, FL. The four-story renovation will house all of the Institute’s orthopedic specialties including a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center on the top floor.

“This is a truly unparalleled partnership that will make an incredible difference in the future of our Institute, and in the expert care provided to our patients and the community,” said Baptist Health Orthopedic Care and Doctors Hospital CEO Nelson Lazo.

The Institute has served the Miami HEAT – among many other athletic organizations – for over 25 years. The gift from the HEAT will help fund the operation of the breadth of programs and services offered at Baptist Health Orthopedic Care.

Currently, Baptist Health Orthopedic Care serves as a clinical trial site for new orthopedic surgery techniques, novel implants, genetically-engineered cartilage and bone, and revolutionary biologics. The HEAT’s generosity will help the Institute continue to pioneer innovations in orthopedic medicine, and provide ongoing clinical education to the next generation of sports medicine specialists.

About Baptist Health Orthopedic Care
Baptist Health Orthopedic Care offers comprehensive services for athletes and non-athletes – from physical and cognitive evaluation to rehabilitation and surgical reconstruction. Additionally, Baptist Health Orthopedic Care is the sports medicine provider for the Miami Dolphins, Miami HEAT, Florida Panthers, Florida International University athletics, Orange Bowl, Miami Open Tennis, Miami Marathon and Half Marathon and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Baptist Health Orthopedic Care is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 10 hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), more than 40 physician practices, 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence spanning across Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has more than 19,500 employees and more than 3,000 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @BaptistHealthSF.

About The HEAT Group
The HEAT Group is comprised of the National Basketball Association’s Miami HEAT and the 19,600-seat AmericanAirlines Arena. The HEAT is a three-time NBA Champion having won titles in 2006, 2012 and 2013 and is a celebrated leader in every discipline of the business of basketball. AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the HEAT, is a LEED Gold Recertified, award-winning, state-of-the-art facility, which hosts over 150 events per year. AmericanAirlines Arena has maintained its position as the #1 Arena in Florida for the third consecutive year, has claimed the #6 spot in the United States, and has placed #18 in the world according to Pollstar’s 2017 year-end rankings of the world’s top arenas. For more information, please visit and

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