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Saturday, February 06, 2010 - Former NFL Players Team Up at Broward General Medical Center for Heart Screenings

Fort Lauderdale, FL - Former NFL players were recently given free heart screenings at The Heart Center of Excellence at Broward Health Broward General Medical Center.  The screenings provide retired NFL players with state-of-the-art, preventative cardiovascular testing to detect early evidence of heart and blood vessel disease. The program was formed by the NFL Player Care Foundation along with the Boone Heart Institute and the Living Heart Foundation.

“The first heart screenings for the NFL alumni actually debuted at BGMC in 2007,” said Jamey Thaw, CEO of Broward General Medical Center.  “It is an honor for us as the NFL Alumni would not accept anything but the absolute best in healthcare for its members.”

Close to 60 NFL alumni participated in the heart screenings that consisted of a 64-slice CT scan, calcium scores, EKGs, essential lab work and blood pressure readings.  The former players also attended heart health lectures by Dr. Jeffrey Boone, of the Boone Heart Institute, who designed the screening program.  Additionally, Dr. William Burke, Medical Director of the Total Joint Replacement Center at Broward General Medical Center, spoke to the group about diseases of knees and hips. All of the lectures were followed by a question and answer session for the players and an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the physicians.

The heart health screening program is one of four major health projects the NFL Player Care Foundation offers to its former players.  Other programs include a joint replacement initiative (of which Broward General is one of only 13 approved centers nationally), an assisted living program and Alzheimer’s support program.

“This was a great opportunity for me as it was for all retired NFL players.  I received the best heart screening available and learned the symptoms of heart disease,” said Greg Baty, Vice President with Hamilton Lane and former tight end with the Miami Dolphins.  “It’s free, painless, and it could be lifesaving.”

Broward Health, providing service for more than 50 years, is a nationally recognized system offering world class health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the 10 largest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health includes Broward General Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point Medical Center, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children’s Hospital, Broward Health Weston and more than 30 facilities of the Community Health Services and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visit, www.browardhealth.org.

The NFL Alumni is a non-profit organization composed primarily of former NFL players who have joined to advocate for key issues affecting retired players such as medical, financial and career-transition needs while also supporting youth charities.   The organization advances its mission from its national headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and an additional 30 chapters across the country.  For more information, visit www.nflalumni.org.


Dr. Jeffrey Boone, Boone Heart Institute; Alice Taylor, COO, BGMC; Frank Krauser, President/CEO of NFL Alumni, Inc.; and Sara Howley, VP of Corporate Communications and Marketing, Broward Health.


Leroy Hoard, former running back with the Cleveland Browns, gets his blood pressure checked.


Parnell Dickinson, former quarterback with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; and Gary Knafelic, former wide receiver with the Chicago Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and the Green Bay Packers.