Ilitches, DMC announce Sports Medicine Institute next to LCA
A conceptual rendering shows the planned sports medicine facility on Woodward between Little Caesars Arena and the Wayne State Mike Ilitch School of Business, which is under construction.
It appears that expert sports medicine resources for injured Red Wings players will be literally right next door to Little Caesars Arena in the not-too-distant future.
The Detroit Medical Center announced Wednesday the construction of an Ilitch-funded $65 million sports medicine facility for all levels of athletes next to LCA.
The DMC and Olympia Development of Michigan are planning to combine on a five-story, 127,000-square-foot DMC Sports Medicine Institute at Woodward Ave., and Sproat Street, the northeast corner of the arena. The project, which had its genesis over 12 years ago, is a state-of-the-art, comprehensive care facility for professional, collegiate, high school and recreational athletes and will replace a parking lot.
It is projected to open in 2020, according to DMC CEO Dr. Anthony Tedeschi.
“The DMC Sports Medicine Institute will be a place where an up-and-coming athlete can build his or her skills and increase performance,” Tedeschi told The Detroit News, “where a budding athlete can learn how to enhance performance through things like biomechanical analyses and strength training, and where a professional athlete can depend on injury assessments, rehabilitation, and even where motion and nutritional analyses can help an athlete get back into the game, really giving him a competitive advantage.”
The institute is expected to be a destination for athletes from all over.
“Facilities such as the one we’re creating here in Detroit have become highly sought after for choice athletes in all stages of their development or career,” said Eric Evans, president of hospital operations for Tenet Healthcare Corp. “We’re very proud to be able to offer this here in Detroit.”
DMC is planning to rent 50,000 square feet of the facility, which will allow physicians, therapists, trainers and researchers to all work together and will include a golf simulator, 3-point basketball court and a 40-yard track. Space will also be available for research and education.
DMC is also partnering with Exos, a nationally recognized company that provides tailored performance enhancement programs to athletes.
“Players, coaches, in fact even referees and umpires tell us that they never want to get hurt,” said Stephen Lemos, the division chief of DMC’s sports medicine program. “But if they do, they want it to be in Detroit because of the care we provide them.”
Another 60,000 square feet of space in the building will be available for office or complimentary medical tenants. The remaining area includes 17,000 square feet of street-level retail.
The DMC has provided medical service for the Tigers and Red Wings for a decade.