Baptist Health South Florida has teamed up with the Miami Dolphins to serve as the exclusive local healthcare provider in South Florida for eligible Former NFL Players as part of the NFL Dedicated Hospital Network Program.
This first-of-its-kind Program, which kicked off on September 1, 2021, features high quality healthcare providers selected by each NFL team in every NFL city to provide primary medical care and other services to eligible Former Players. The goal of the Program is to help eligible Former Players maintain their health and wellness beyond their NFL playing careers.
As part of the Program, the Miami Dolphins selected Baptist Health as their health system partner, building upon the longstanding relationship Baptist Health has formed as the Official Sports Medicine Provider of the Miami Dolphins. In addition to the Miami Dolphins, Baptist Health welcomes all eligible Former Players to visit their participating facilities to receive care through the Program, regardless of which NFL Club they played for.
“I applaud the NFL for creating the NFL Dedicated Hospital Program and Baptist Health for their continued support of our legends,” said Nat Moore, Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Special Projects and Alumni Relations. “This extension of primary medical care will provide much needed support for players and their families.”
“As the exclusive healthcare provider for current Miami Dolphins players, we take pride in being part of the Dolphins and NFL family who trust us with their care,” said Javier Hernandez-Lichtl, CEO of Baptist Health’s Doctors Hospital and Miami Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Institute. “It is fitting and humbling that we now get to provide that same level of world-class care to former players as well, and we look forward to being there for them throughout their post-NFL lives.”
The NFL Dedicated Hospital Program is administered by Cigna and was created in consultation with Former Players during 2020 Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) negotiations to benefit their health and wellness following their NFL careers. Covered healthcare services include Primary Medical Care, Preventive Care and Mental Health Services.
About Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 24,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit BaptistHealth.net/Newsroom and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.
About the Miami Dolphins
The Miami Dolphins, owned by Chairman of the Board & Managing General Partner Stephen M. Ross, are the oldest major-league professional sports franchise in the state of Florida, having joined the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. The organization has played in five Super Bowls, winning championships following the 1972 (VII) and 1973 (VIII) seasons. The franchise also has won five conference championships and 13 division championships. The Dolphins play home games in Miami Gardens at Hard Rock Stadium and have worked tirelessly to inspire a healthier, more educated, and united South Florida community. The organization has impacted more than 60,000 youth high school players, coaches and teams through the Junior Dolphins program and has worked with more than 100 South Florida organizations though Football UNITES™ presented by Baptist Health programming. For more information, visit dolphins.com.