The Miami Heat and Baptist Health South Florida have reached a first-of-its-kind partnership for both organizations, as they broke ground on a new health care center.

The Miami Heat Sports Medicine Center at the Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute is part of a multiyear partnership between the NBA franchise and the nonprofit health system. Renovations will start at 1150 Campo Sano Ave., next to Doctors Hospital in Coral Gables, to create a four-story, 49,000-square-foot facility for advanced sports medicine. It should be open in summer 2019.

The Heat made an unspecified donation to support the expansion.

“Throughout our history, Miami Heat players and staffers have experienced world-class care by the industry-leading medical team at Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute,” said Jeff David, executive VP and chief revenue officer of the Heat Group. “Our long-standing and fruitful partnership with Baptist Health has produced The Miami Heat Sports Medicine Center, which will be a guardian of our community’s health and committed to excellence at every level.”

The deal adds a strong branding partner for Baptist Health, the region’s largest hospital system.

The support of the Heat will also allow Baptist Health to expand its orthopedic facility, creating a new ambulatory surgery center and hosting more clinical education.

“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,” Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute and Doctors Hospital CEO Nelson Lazo said.

Source: SFBJ