Several individuals help cut the red ribbon at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Emory Sports Medicine and Emory Physical Therapy center

Emory Healthcare, pro sports teams enter innovative partnerships

Partnerships between Emory Healthcare and top-tier professional sports teams are helping make Atlanta a new epicenter in modern sports development, nurturing collaborative, state-of-the-art advances in sports medicine that build upon Emory's legacy of community service.

One of the most visible examples can be found in the new Emory Sports Medicine Complex, a 90,000-square-foot complex located on Executive Park Drive in Brookhaven.

Created through an innovative partnership with Emory Healthcare and the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club, the first-of-its-kind complex aims to integrate four state-of-the-art health care facilities on one five-acre campus, including:

  • Emory Healthcare Courts: An official practice and training facility for the Atlanta Hawks, which will also house the Hawks Basketball Operations Team.
  • Emory Sports Medicine Center and Emory Physical Therapy: Emory’s entire sports-medicine division will be here, giving the Hawks immediate access to Emory’s world-class physicians and the most advanced technology in preventative and rehabilitative treatment.
  • Peak Performance Project (P3): A world leader in applied sports science based in Santa Barbara, California, the complex will host P3’s first location outside of California. P3 serves elite-level athletes from around the world, integrating sports science to assess athletic movement and performance.

The privately funded complex, which will serve as the team’s official practice site, officially opened to patients in December with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting for the Emory Sports Medicine and Emory Physical Therapy centers.

The goal was to design a facility capable of serving both weekend warriors and top-tier athletes while functioning as a sports science and research mecca. As part of the partnership, Emory will also become the official sports medicine provider for the team. 

“Emory Healthcare has built outstanding orthopaedics services over the past decade, and we are excited to continue to grow this area and work closely with the Atlanta Hawks,” says Jonathan S. Lewin, president, CEO, and chair of the board of Emory Healthcare.

“Delivering on-site care not only will enable us to provide faster care to Hawks players but also will enhance our ability to conduct sports performance research and translate what we learn to all athletes, both professional and recreational.”

The new complex marks the first in the NBA to adjoin with an entire sports medicine center, allowing for expert and immediate treatment and onsite access to state-of-the-art medical equipment. The entire roster of doctors, surgeons, and specialists from Emory’s current Sports Medicine Center will find a home at the new facility and also will treat patients there.

Principal Atlanta Hawks team owner Tony Ressler says he considers building a world-class training facility key to a first-class franchise and elite basketball program. “We are thrilled with this partnership . . . forged with Emory in developing a new facility that will revolutionize how other NBA teams approach integrating sports medical technology within their own basketball training centers.”

“The ability to partner with a local institution in Emory, which is a worldwide leader in the medical community and shares our vision and passion for excellence and enriching Atlanta, is particularly exciting,” Ressler says. “We are proud that this facility will go beyond benefitting just our players but will also be a valuable sports medicine resource available to the entire community.”

In addition, the Atlanta Braves and Emory Healthcare have also announced a new medical partnership that names Emory Healthcare as the team’s official health care provider.

The alliance will provide the Braves organization with comprehensive and seamless state-of-the-art medical care, including access to Emory’s world-class Sports Medicine, Orthopaedics, and Spine Center physicians, as well as priority access for all medical needs to Emory’s seven hospitals, advanced imaging equipment, and physicians in more than 70 specialties.

Additionally, It will provide the Braves access to medical, research, and performance measurement expertise at the new Emory Sports Medicine Complex.

“Today, caring for professional athletes requires seamless integration of all medical needs in addition to musculoskeletal care, and Emory is honored to be trusted with this responsibility for the Braves organization,” Lewin says. 

As part of the partnership, Emory Healthcare will be opening a new outpatient orthopaedics clinic in Smyrna, Georgia, giving Braves players and staff easy access to evaluations, treatments, and high-quality imaging.

“We are thrilled to develop this relationship with Emory Healthcare,” says John Hart, Braves president, baseball operations. “This agreement is very important to our club and will help us continue to provide the best possible health care to our players and staff.”

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