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Baptist Health and New World Symphony, Two of South Florida’s Most Innovative Nonprofit Institutions, Announce Partnership Highlighting the Intersection of Wellness and Music

February 9, 2018

MIAMI – Feb 9, 2018 – Baptist Health South Florida and the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), have entered into a dynamic partnership.

In today’s digital world, patient relationships and methods of audience engagement are being redefined. Baptist Health South Florida and the New World Symphony are at the cutting edge of this revolution. The two institutions have formed a partnership with a goal of serving the South Florida community in new and inventive ways, focusing on the intersections of wellness and music.

Baptist Health’s Miami Cancer Institute is a Platinum Sponsor of NWS’s 30th Anniversary Gala on February 10. Chaired by Sarah Arison and her husband Thomas Wilhelm, the Gala celebrates achievements in music education, community and audience engagement, and artistic excellence.

NWS Fellows will be performing for patients and families at Baptist facilities throughout the community. In the Fall, NWS and Baptist Health will stage a Day of Wellness at the New World Center. Eighteen NWS Fellows were also sponsored by Baptist to run in the recent Fitbit Miami Marathon, and a group of Fellows provided musical motivation for 25,000 runners as they passed by SoundScape Park in front of New World Center. More events to benefit the community will be announced in the coming months.

“We are excited to be supporting the New World Symphony and for its Fellows to participate in our programs and events. After all, as they say, music is good for your health,” said Joe Natoli, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Baptist Health South Florida.

New World Symphony chairman Edward Manno Shumsky said, “Our partnership with Baptist Health is powerful as we are both in the business of community building, world class innovation, and extraordinary leadership and training. Together we are making Miami a better place.”

Baptist Health South Florida
Baptist Health South Florida is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with ten hospitals (Baptist Hospital, Baptist Children’s Hospital, Bethesda Hospital East, Bethesda Hospital West, Doctors Hospital, Fishermen’s Community Hospital, Homestead Hospital, Mariners Hospital, South Miami Hospital and West Kendall Baptist Hospital), more than 40 physician practices, 50 outpatient and urgent care facilities, Baptist Health Medical Group, Baptist Health Quality Network and internationally renowned centers of excellence spanning across Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to our faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has approximately 18,500 employees and more than 3,000 affiliated physicians. Baptist Health South Florida 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 and connect with us on Facebook at and on Twitter and Instagram @BaptistHealthSF.

New World Symphony
The New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy (NWS), prepares graduates of music programs for leadership roles in professional orchestras and ensembles. In the 30 years since its co-founding by Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas and Lin and Ted Arison, NWS has helped launch the careers of more than 1,050 alumni worldwide.

A laboratory for the way music is taught, presented and experienced, the New World Symphony consists of 87 young musicians who are granted fellowships lasting up to three years. The fellowship program offers in-depth exposure to traditional and modern repertoire, professional development training and personalized experiences working with leading guest conductors, soloists and visiting faculty. NWS Fellows take advantage of the innovative performance facilities and state-of-the art practice and ensemble rooms of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center, the campus of the New World Symphony, and home of the Knight New Media Center.

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