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St Vincent counts blessings of Indiana Pacers deal

NBA basketball team Indiana Pacers has agreed a wide-ranging partnership with St Vincent Hospitals and Health Services that will include its new medical offices and training facility, along with branding on the team’s practice jerseys.

St Vincent, a member of not-for-profit health system Ascension, will take on the naming rights and bear responsibility for on-site medical services at the complex.

The St Vincent Center, which will be privately financed by Indiana Pacers owner Pacers Sports & Entertainment, is due to open in 2017.

It will provide primary care, cardiovascular and sports performance services available for athletes and the general public. St Vincent Sports Performance will offer sports medicine physicians, sports nutrition, sport and performance psychology, sports science and physical training, which the programme currently offers to athletes of all ages ranging from middle school to professional. Primary care services will also be available to the general public, including preventive care.

The complex will feature two NBA-regulation practice courts among extensive training facilities, while most of the Pacers Sports & Entertainment offices will be moved to the site. St Vincent Center will be the 20th stand-alone training facility built by an NBA team since 1999.

Additionally, St Vincent will benefit from placement on Indiana Pacers’ practice jerseys. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.