FIU to Name Weight Room after Healthcare Provider
Courtesy: FIUSports.com
          Release: 12/16/2011
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MIAMI (Dec. 16, 2011)
- The FIU Athletics weight room will be named after Doctors Hospital Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

Doctors Hospital, part of Baptist Health South Florida, is the official sports medicine provider of FIU Athletics.

"This is the latest in a deepening relationship between Baptist Health and FIU," said FIU Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment Pete Garcia. "We appreciate not only their financial support, but the health care Doctors Hospital provides to our student-athletes year round.

The announcement was made one day before the FIU football team headed to St. Petersburg to prepare for the Beef 'O'Brady's Bowl, where the Panthers will take on Marshall University's Thundering Herd on Dec. 20 at 8 p.m.

Doctors Hospital CEO Nelson Lazo and other Baptist Health South Florida leaders attended the announcement at FIU.

"Doctors Hospital Center for Orthopedics & Sports Medicine is proud to bring our partnership with FIU Athletics to this next level," said Doctors Hospital CEO Nelson Lazo. "Our medical team is committed to keeping FIU's athletes in the best shape and we are proud to be part of the FIU family, "

Located in the R. Kirk Landon Football Fieldhouse on FIU's Modesto A. Maidique Campus, the Doctors Hospital Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Weight Room is used by 400 student-athletes in 17 sports teams.

In addition to the weight room naming, the partnership also includes sponsorship agreements such as signage at FIU venues as well as game day promotions.

About FIU Athletics: FIU Athletics is home to more than 400 student-athletes in 17 different sports, and is a proud member of the Sun Belt Conference and an affiliate member of Conference USA (men's soccer). Athletic events are played in seven different venues on FIU's campuses (Modesto A. Maidique and Biscayne Bay), including U.S. Century Bank Arena and Alfonso Field at FIU Stadium.

About FIU: Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its colleges and schools offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is worlds ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission and enrolls 46,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. More than 140,000 alumni live and work in South Florida FIU is a member of the Sun Belt Conference and has 400 student-athletes participating in 17 sports. In 2010 the Panthers won their first bowl game. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/

About Baptist Health South Florida: Doctors Hospital is part of Baptist Health South Florida, the largest faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare organization in the region. In addition to Homestead Hospital, Baptist Health includes Baptist Hospital, South Miami Hospital, Baptist Children's Hospital, Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, Mariners Hospital, West Kendall Baptist Hospital and Baptist Outpatient Services. Baptist Health Foundation, the organization's fundraising arm, supports services at all hospitals and facilities affiliated with Baptist Health. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net and connect with BaptistHealthSF on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.  

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FIU Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment Pete Garcia and Doctors Hospital CEO Nelson Lazo
FIU Executive Director of Sports and Entertainment Pete Garcia and Doctors Hospital CEO Nelson Lazo

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