Brookwood Baptist Health Named Official Healthcare Provider of Birmingham Iron

Precision Sports Medicine & Orthopedics named official orthopedic specialist; Champion Sports Medicine named official physical therapy and athletic training provider.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (December 17, 2018) - The Birmingham Iron today announced Brookwood Baptist Health as the team's official healthcare provider. A healthcare pillar in the community for more than 90 years, Brookwood Baptist Health represents the largest healthcare network in Central Alabama. Brookwood Baptist Health is the first founding partner of the Birmingham Iron and the first company to join the Iron's "Community Champions" platform to donate 100 tickets to each Iron home game to community organizations.

Brookwood Baptist Health's Precision Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, a premier provider of bone and joint orthopedic care and sports medicine, is the official orthopedic specialist for the Iron. Precision Sports Medicine & Orthopedics' founding team of six sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons have more than 70 years of combined experience treating patients on and off the field.

As a complement to the care provided by Precision Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, the official physical therapy and athletic training provider of the Iron is Champion Sports Medicine. With locations throughout Central and North Alabama, Champion Sports Medicine is a known leader in sports medicine, offering a wide range of physical therapy and athletic training services such as hand therapy, work injury prevention and management, pre- and post- operative rehabilitation, and orthopedic and sports-related injury care.

According to Birmingham Iron Team President, Tom Ward, "One of the most critical components to the success of any professional sports team is the health of its players. We are proud to partner with Brookwood Baptist Health, Precision Sports Medicine & Orthopedics and Champion Sports Medicine to help our players maintain top physical condition in order to perform at their highest level. Our players recently completed comprehensive physicals conducted by a myriad of specialists from these healthcare providers, and we are extremely pleased with the superior care they received. We look forward to seeing the Precision Sports Medicine & Orthopedics team on the sidelines, knowing the confidence it gives our players to have such seasoned physicians ready and able to care for their physical wellbeing. Pairing the services of Precision Sports Medicine & Orthopedics with the physical therapy and athletic training services afforded by Champion Sports Medicine is a win-win."

Brookwood Baptist Health Interim CEO, Sally Deitch, stated how honored the health system is to be named the Iron's exclusive medical provider. "The partnership is a natural fit with Brookwood Baptist Health and the Birmingham Iron aligned in our goals to perform at a superior level and our commitment to give back the community, promote health and wellness, and play an integral role in the future of the Birmingham area," said Deitch.

Commenting on the involvement of Precision Sports Medicine & Orthopedics, Dr. Robert Agee, Jr., sports medicine physician and founding member, stated, "On behalf of myself and my five esteemed colleagues, we look forward to caring for these athletes. Helping our patients is at the heart of what we do every day. We're excited to have the opportunity to travel with the team and ensure the players receive the highest-quality care throughout the season."

Champion Sports Medicine Regional Director of Operations, Trent Nessler, PT, MPT, DPT, added, "With nearly 15 years of proven experience, we are extremely pleased to bring our legacy of sports medicine innovation to the playing field and look forward to supporting Birmingham's newest professional football team during the Iron's opening season."

About Brookwood Baptist Health
With roots extending more than 90 years, Brookwood Baptist Health includes trusted providers from the former Brookwood Medical Center and Baptist Health System and is operated by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp. Representing the largest healthcare network in Central Alabama, the network's community of care is comprised of five acute care hospitals with more than 1,700 licensed beds: Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Shelby Baptist Medical Center, Walker Baptist Medical Center and Citizens Baptist Medical Center. Brookwood Baptist Health also provides patients with the largest primary care network in the state, along with physician practices, diagnostic and outpatient surgery centers and a freestanding emergency department. Brookwood Baptist Health is united in service and devotion to the people of Central Alabama and dedicated to putting people back at the center of healthcare. For more information, please visit

About The Birmingham Iron
A member of The Alliance of American Football, The Birmingham Iron is led by an experienced professional coaching, playing and front office staff featuring head coach Tim Lewis, team president Tom Ward and general manager Joe Pendry. The Iron compete in The Alliance of American Football with The Atlanta Legends, Orlando Apollos, Memphis Express, Arizona Hotshots, Salt Lake Stallions, San Antonio Commanders and San Diego Fleet. The name Birmingham Iron is inspired by the people that make up the city of Birmingham. Iron is one of three elements needed to make steel and make no mistake: This team is all about chemistry, both on the field and in the community, not to mention brings together rivals in the talent-rich state of Alabama, with players coming together in black, steel grey and silver. The Birmingham Iron, an Iron fist in the Alliance of American Football, promises a brand of football that will make Alabama proud. Birmingham Iron's home games will be played at Legion Field. Fans can purchase season tickets for as low as $75 at or by calling 205-847-1616. For more information on The Iron, visit the team's website and be sure to follow The Iron on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Champion Sports Medicine
Founded in 2004 by Kevin Wilk, P.T., DPT, FAPTA, Champion Sports Medicine is a known leader in sports medicine. Champion Sports Medicine is part of the Select Medical Outpatient Division, a nationally prominent, locally driven provider of outpatient physical rehabilitation. Throughout the country, the Select Medical family of brands includes NovaCare Rehabilitation, Select Physical Therapy, Physiotherapy Associates, Kentucky Orthopedic Rehab Team (KORT), Saco Bay Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy, Rehab Associates, Banner Physical Therapy, NovaCare Prosthetics & Orthotics, NovaCare and Select Kids Pediatric Therapy, Emory Rehabilitation Outpatient Center, SSM Health Physical Therapy, Baylor Scott & White Institute for Rehabilitation Outpatient Therapy and Kessler Rehabilitation Center. Together, these brands comprise a national network of more than 1,600 centers in 37 states and the District of Columbia. The centers offer a wide range of general physical therapy services such as hand therapy, sports medicine and work injury prevention and management. Select Medical empowers its therapists by providing industry-leading continuing education opportunities. Select Medical's outpatient division provides physical therapy and athletic training services to professional sports teams, colleges, universities and high schools and serves as the exclusive physical rehabilitation provider to several major U.S. corporations.