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Emory Sports Medicine Complex officially opens to patients

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On December 4, 2017, the Emory Sports Medicine Center and Emory Physical Therapy Center located within the Emory Sports Medicine Complex officially opened to patients. The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and Emory Healthcare broke ground on the joint facility on June 24, 2016 and celebrated a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on November 28, 2017. The 90,000-square-foot complex, located at 1968 Hawks Lane, in Brookhaven, is the first of its kind, integrating four state-of-the-art facilities on its five-acre campus:

  • Emory Healthcare Courts – Emory Healthcare Courts serves as the official practice and training facility for the Atlanta Hawks. With an emphasis on player development, peak performance and comprehensive player care, it features two full-length basketball courts with direct access to expanded athletic performance training areas, a film room, and a fully-dedicated recovery area including cryotherapy, sensory deprivation tanks and in-ground hydrotherapy. The Hawks Basketball Operations Team is housed in the facility full-time.
  • Emory Sports Medicine Center and Emory Physical Therapy – Emory's entire sports-medicine division operates within this facility, giving the Hawks immediate access to Emory's world-class physicians. The most advanced technology in preventative and rehabilitative treatment and sports performance training including the 3 Tesla MRI scanner, diagnostic imaging technology, recovery technology, 3-D motion capture analysis, and blood/sweat testing and analysis are all on-site. Emory doctors can see their patients at the facility and in conjunction with the Hawks, they will host events to engage the local community. 
  • Peak Performance Project – Commonly referred to as P3, Peak Performance Project is a world-leader in applied sports science based in Santa Barbara, CA. The Atlanta branch is P3's first location outside of Santa Barbara and serves as its East Coast headquarters. P3 services elite-level athletes from around the world, integrating sports science to assess athlete movement and performance and prescribe individualized optimization plans.

The privately-funded complex was designed by HOK, a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm with 23 offices worldwide. Atlanta-based construction and management firm H.J. Russell & Company, in association with Legends Project Development, served as the project management team for the project and Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors was selected to serve as construction manager. 

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Quotes from the Ribbon-Cutting Event:

Dr. Jon Lewin
Executive VP for Health Affairs and President, CEO, and Chair of the Board of Emory Healthcare

"I first learned about this collaboration (the Hawks and Emory) about 21 months ago on a Saturday morning when I was actually moving my family down to Atlanta. Driving down I-95 with my dog in the backseat and my wife next to me, I took a conference call that (Dr.) Scott Boden put together with the leadership of Emory University and Emory Healthcare to talk about this great idea that sounded like something we could never pull off, but it was worth thinking about. I learned two things: 'one was I learned that what he (Boden) was talking about was not your typical sports partnership and I also learned Dr. Scott Boden was not your typical orthopaedic surgeon.' Today is the culmination of two years of planning and execution of an absolutely incredible plan." 

Dr. Scott D. Boden, MD
Director of Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center and Chief Medical Officer of the Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital

"Our (the Hawks and Emory) collective goal was to design a facility that could fully service the top athletes in the world, provide the absolute best environment for comprehensive player development, and also serve as a sports science and research mecca. Today marks the next step in really turning that vision into a reality and I could not be more excited. This complex houses four world class programs that will have an unrivaled level of synergy as they work together into the future. Our physicians, therapists and trainers will work with the elite, professionals and weekend warriors from all sports in the same facilities. Our slogan, 'Go Where the Players Go,' will never have been more true."

Tony Ressler
Principal Owner and Chair of the Board of the Atlanta Hawks 

"This is a great moment for the Atlanta Hawks, for Emory Healthcare, and we expect for all of Atlanta.  Just over two years ago, when we bought the Atlanta Hawks, developing a state of the art practice facility in partnership with a world-class medical partner was our No. 1 priority, I'd like to say, 'mission accomplished.' The focus is to win a championship for the city of Atlanta and this facility is another huge step in that path to greatness. This best-in-class facility will help us attract, retain and keep healthy the greatest athletes in the world, which of course are our players. I'm so proud of this facility, a facility that will benefit our team and community for many years to come. This partnership between Emory Healthcare and the Atlanta Hawks will be great for our franchise, hopefully great for Emory, but most importantly, great for the community."

Mike Budenholzer
Head Coach of the Atlanta Hawks 

"I don't think there is anyone more excited than myself and our players. Coming to work here every day is an amazing feeling. We're blessed in so many different ways, but to get up out of bed and come here to this facility has been really special. The partnership with Emory has been great for me to be a part of it and watch how this place has come to fruition so quickly. The partnership with Dr. Marcus Elliot and P3, to have them in our gym, we couldn't be more excited about that."

Taurean Prince
Atlanta Hawks forward

"Having a year under my belt, and being in a lot of facilities and seeing a lot of facilities around the world, I really feel like this is the best I have ever been a part of. From the courts, to the training room, to the kitchen, to the locker room, it's first class. As players, we are appreciative and we don't take it for granted. We are excited to be a part of what the franchise is building and the new direction that they have for us in the future to winning plenty of championships. My teammates and I will continue to be the best players we can and, also, the best people for the city of Atlanta."

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