November 17, 2021 – The Memorial Healthcare System’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine has been named the official sports medicine provider for Florida National University in Miami. This latest partnership continues Memorial’s commitment to providing top-notch healthcare to the community’s athletic teams and universities.
This newest sports medicine partnership will enable Florida National University athletes to be treated in an expedited manner, so they can return to their respective sports as quickly as possible. It is a scenario that is common for larger universities’ athletic departments but less so for smaller ones.
“We feel that every college athlete deserves the identical medical attention, and through our partnership, our goal is to provide that,” said Ray Shipman, director of business development and physician relations for Memorial’s Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Center. “At Memorial, we understand how important it is to have a multi-disciplinary sports medicine division, and we want all members of our community to be able to take advantage of it.”
As the official sports medicine provider for Florida National University, the medical treatment of college athletes by Memorial physicians goes beyond injuries that may occur on the field or court. The partnership also enables college athletes to be seen quicker for other ailments or therapies, as well.
“We are also focusing on preventative care, treating common colds, or really whatever these athletes need medically,” Shipman said. “Our physical therapy team is also a strong component of the partnership. We want to make sure these athletes are cared for in the best way possible.”
This partnership between Memorial’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine and Florida National University’s athletic department is the third such union for Memorial. The division is also the sports medicine provider for Florida Memorial University and University of Fort Lauderdale, aligning with its goal to meet all of the community’s healthcare needs.
Memorial is the first of its kind in Broward County to have a fully comprehensive adult sports medicine program, with orthopaedic surgery, primary care, cardiology, rehabilitation and physical therapy specialists all in one program. Serving the Broward County area and surrounding communities, it provides advanced solutions to treat adults with sports injuries, help maintain sports performance, and prevent future injuries.
Florida National University is a private university established in 1988. It features 11 athletic teams and is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
The Memorial Sports Medicine Center is a fully-integrated, multi-disciplinary program based at Memorial Regional Hospital South consisting of specialists in orthopaedic surgery, primary care sports medicine and sports physiatry, sports cardiology, and sports medicine physical therapy. The program provides injury care, treatment for chronic musculoskeletal conditions, and routine checkups that include cardiac screening for athletes, performing artists, first responders, and other active adults.