Cleveland Clinic Named as Medical Screening Partner for the NFL Player Care Foundation’s Healthy Body and Mind Program
First Screenings to be Held During Super Bowl Week in New York
Monday, Jan. 13, 2014, Cleveland: Cleveland Clinic has been named the medical screening partner for the NFL Player Care Foundation’s (NFLPCF) Healthy Body and Mind Program, providing free comprehensive cardiovascular and prostate evaluations to former NFL players.
In an effort to improve the overall health and quality of life of former NFL players, the screening program also provides mental health resources and education through the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse University, led by former Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.
The new partnership will kick off during Super Bowl week on Jan. 30 and 31. Screenings will be held at Mt. Sinai Hospital (625 Madison Ave., New York), and are free to all former NFL players.
Following the Super Bowl week screening, Cleveland Clinic will continue to partner with the NFL Player Care Foundation to provide screenings nationwide. More than 500 former players are expected to be screened for heart disease and urologic issues, including prostate health, at various events, including NFL Players Association and NFL Alumni meetings and during Pro Football Hall of Fame week. Screenings will also take place at other retired player meetings and in cooperation with NFL clubs.
“Identifying and modifying risk factors are the keys for both cardiovascular disease and urologic health,” said Richard Lang, M.D., MPH, Chairman of Preventive Medicine and Vice Chairman of the Wellness Institute at Cleveland Clinic. “These screenings will give players the valuable information they need to make informed decisions about their health and take an active role in optimizing their own healthcare.”
“Our goal is to support the health of former players, to learn more about the health conditions that affect them and to improve their overall quality of life,” said Dana Lihan, Program Director of the NFL Player Care Foundation. “We are pleased to work with Cleveland Clinic in this effort.”
Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., accounting for one in every four deaths. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men, yet it is highly curable if discovered while still confined to the prostate gland. About one in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime.
Cleveland Clinic is recognized as a leader in cardiovascular and urologic care. Its heart program has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for 19 consecutive years and its urology program has been ranked in the Top 2 since 2000 by U.S. News & World Report.
About Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and, currently under construction, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2012, there were 5.1 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.
About the NFL Player Care Foundation
The NFL Player Care Foundation (NFLPCF) is an independent organization dedicated to helping retired NFL players improve their quality of life. Through the cooperative efforts of the NFL, NFL Alumni Association, NFL Players Association, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame, NFLPCF provides programs and assistance in all aspects of life including, medical, emotional, financial, social, and community.
NFLPCF is administered by a diverse board of six directors which includes appointed representatives from the National Football League, NFL Players Association, Pro Football Hall of Fame and the NFL Alumni Association and two independent directors with expertise in foundation management and social welfare issues.
Created in 2007 by the National Football League to recognize the enormous contributions former players have had in the development and success of professional football, NFLPCF has served over 500 players and their families through research grants and financial assistance totaling over $8 million.
For more information on the NFL Player Care Foundation, please visit: https://www.nflplayercare.com/