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Hoag Tackles Former NFL Players’ Health Concerns

For the most advanced health care on the West Coast, The Trust is trusting in Hoag.

Hoag was selected by the Cleveland Clinic to serve as the West Coast location for the Milestone Wellness Assessment, a comprehensive health assessment for former professional football players provided by The Trust, an organization that operates under the umbrella of the NFL Players Association. Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute already partnered with The Trust to administer the Brain and Body Program for former players.

“Hoag is pleased and privileged to partner in this crucial collaboration to help ensure access for former NFL players to outstanding medical care following their careers,” said Michael Brant-Zawadzki, M.D., F.A.C.R., senior physician executive at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, and the Ron and Sandi Simon Executive Medical Director Endowed Chair of the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute. “As the West Coast satellite location for our efforts together with the Cleveland Clinic, we are able to optimize the health of former NFL players through a proactive approach using the most advanced diagnostic capabilities and clinical expertise available."

The Milestone Wellness Assessment is a set of comprehensive screenings that include hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, cardiovascular profile, orthopedic and body composition. Hoag’s specialists will administer the assessment along with colleagues at Cleveland Clinic, Tulane Institute of Sports Medicine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“The Milestone Wellness Assessment is a direct response to the needs of former players like me,” said former Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver JJ Birden, who recently visited Hoag for his assessment. “I am grateful to be good hands.”