Thursday, December 13, 2007 - BHMC Selected by NFL to Provide Joint Replacement Surgery for Retired Players
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Broward Health Medical Center has been selected as one of 14 leading medical centers across the country to provide joint replacement surgery for retired National Football League players. It is the only location selected in Florida.

"We are pleased to work with Broward Health, one of the leading medical institutions in the country," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. "We know that Broward Health will provide excellent care for our retired players who have contributed to the success of the NFL."

Broward Health Medical Center, along with the other 13 hospitals located from New York to California, will make available specialized, coordinated care to players covered by this new program. The program provides a common application process to assist them gain access to the institutions.

The plan also will provide financial assistance to all players, regardless of their financial situation, to cover the cost of the operations. For players not covered by insurance and who cannot pay for the procedure, additional financial assistance will be available from the newly created NFL Player Care Foundation. Players eligible for assistance from the NFL Player Care Foundation will not be responsible for the cost of either the joint replacement surgery or post-operative rehabilitation.

“Broward Health Medical Center is one of the best orthopedic programs in the nation," said Alan Levine, President/CEO of Broward Health. "We are happy to work with the other elite orthopedic programs to provide the same quality service to NFL alumni that we provide to all our patients.”

The foundation and the joint replacement program are two of several initiatives developed by an NFL Alliance represented by the NFL, NFLPA, Hall of Fame and NFL Alumni, Inc. Formed in May, the Alliance is looking for new ways to address medical needs of retired players, including joint replacements, cardiovascular health programs and assisted living arrangements. Last month, the NFL Alliance Partnership kicked off the first national program focused on heart health screenings for former NFL players. The program debuted at Broward Health Medical Center where retired players received cardiovascular screenings including a 64-slice CT scan.

“This is a terrific program which will help many retired athletes in need of joint replacement,” said Dr. W. Vincent Burke, a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement. “We are honored and excited to be a part of it."

Funding for the NFL Player Care Foundation includes $10 million from NFL owners added to an existing pool of $7 million in Alliance funds. The initial $17 million commitment will be supplemented by on-field player find money and additional contributions from the NFLPA; other Alliance members and other interested players or groups.

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