FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Nov. 16 The National FootballLeague Alliance Partnership recently kicked off the first national programfocusing on heart health screenings for former NFL players.
The program debuted at Broward Health Broward General Medical Center.Partnering with Dr. Jeffrey Boone, founder of ProHeart MD, and the ProHeartstaff, Broward General provided medical experts and a 64-slice CT scanner.More than 30 NFL alumni chapter presidents and board members from throughoutthe country participated in the screening program.
"The Alliance is made up of the NFL, NFL Alumni, Inc., the Pro FootballHall of Fame and the NFL Players Association," said Frank Krauser, presidentand CEO of NFL Alumni, Inc. "We knew that we could not accept anything butthe absolute best in healthcare screenings for our members. The teaming ofBroward General Medical Center with ProHeart MD made the choice obvious."
Using the ultrafast 64-slice CT scanner, physicians can image a beatingheart and its blood vessels without blurring. The technology provides doctorswith accurate results in minutes. In addition to Broward General, the advancedtechnology is available at two additional Broward Health hospitals, CoralSprings Medical Center and Imperial Point Medical Center.
"We partnered with the NFL Alliance because we can offer state-of-the-artdiagnostic technology," said Alan Levine, president/CEO, Broward Health. "Weprovide the 64-slice CT, the elite of all scanners, to the community and weare proud to offer it to the NFL as well."
The heart health screening program is one of four major health projectsthe NFL Alliance Partnership provides to former players. Other programsinclude a joint replacement initiative (of which Broward General is one ofonly 13 approved centers), an assisted living program and Alzheimer's supportprogram.
Broward Health is a nationally recognized health system offering worldclass health care services to our neighbors in South Florida. One of the fivelargest public health systems in the nation, Broward Health operates BrowardGeneral Medical Center, North Broward Medical Center, Imperial Point MedicalCenter, Coral Springs Medical Center, Chris Evert Children's Hospital, BrowardHealth Weston and more than 30 healthcare facilities of Community HealthServices and Broward Health Physician Group. For more information visitwww.BrowardHealth.org.
The NFL Alumni Inc is a 501(c) (3) charity composed of former NFL playersand associate members who work voluntarily to raise funds for youth-orientedcauses. The NFL Alumni advances its motto and mission of Caring for Kids fromits national headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and an additional 30chapters across the country. For more information, visit www.nflalumni.org
SOURCE Broward Health