Space Florida Teams Up to Form Space Tourism Medical and Training Program

Space Florida is teaming up with the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Gulf Breeze to create a “first-of-its-kind Personal Spaceflight Medical and Training Program for commercial space tourists.”

Officials are set to announce details of the new program at a news conference on Thursday. “A formal study will also be released that was conducted by the University of West Florida’s Haas Center for Business Research. The study discusses the growing need for a domestic spaceflight training program for commercial human space flight participants,” according to a Space Florida press release.

The Andrews Institute – part of Baptist Health Care of Pensacola – is known for treating superstar athletes, including Dwayne Wade and Jack Nicklaus.

The organization’s website describes it as “a world class institute for orthopaedics and sports medicine in Northwest Florida, with the leadership and reputation of nationally and internationally renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, MD. The creation of the Andrews Institute has secured Northwest Florida as a cradle for musculoskeletal treatments and research.

“The Institute is comprised of several divisions including: Multi-specialty Ambulatory Surgery Center, Outpatient Rehabilitation, Diagnostic Imaging Center, Athletic Performance Center, a Research and Education Institute, and a multispecialty office park for physicians.”