Hall of Fame Health has partnered with global medical technology company Smith & Nephew to deploy their digital health portfolio for former National Football League (NFL) players.
The rollout will see Hall of Fame Health selectively join with surgeons and facilities across the United States that demonstrate leading outcomes. Those locations will be then be certified as Centers of Excellence and ensure these care providers are available to all communities.
The programme has been designed to offer another healthcare option to former players, alongside those available through the NFL and its Player Care Foundation, which assists NFL players who have retired from the sport.
Hall of Fame Health's long-term purpose is to be able to provide all former NFL players with access to the best healthcare providers in the US.
“Smith+Nephew shares the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s commitment – its Mission – of ‘Honoring the Heroes of the Game,’” said David Baker, Hall of Fame president and chief executive.
“And we honor all players, whether they are Hall of Famers or someone who appeared in only one NFL game, by helping ensure they receive quality medical care long after their playing days are over. Smith+Nephew will fill a huge need in providing world-class care for joint-related issues.”
Last year, Hall of Fame Health chief executive Jeremy Hogue claimed that an estimated 80 per cent of the league’s more than 18,000 former players were not covered under employer-sponsored medical plans and must shop for insurance coverage each year, something he felt former player should not have to do alone.
Author: Jake Wilkin