Jupiter Medical Center Teams-up With NFL Legend Joe Namath to Help Those Suffering From Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)


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Jupiter, FL, September 30, 2014 – The Joe Namath Neurological Research Center at Jupiter Medical Center opens today in Jupiter, FL, to help combat the debilitating effects of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the United States. Joe Namath, the legendary New York Jets quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Fame member, shared his personal story about his health issues to help raise awareness, funds and widespread support for targeted research into a potential new treatment for TBI, which affects 1.7 million Americans each year.

Also announced today was the launch of a clinical trial to study the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for treating traumatic brain injury which may result from sports-related concussions, motor vehicle accidents, strokes, military combat or other unfortunate accidents. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy stimulates the healing process by allowing oxygen to flow into the injured or affected area and has been used successfully to treat diabetic wounds and foot ulcers at Jupiter Medical Center’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center.

“We are grateful for Joe Namath’s partnership and commitment to help us investigate a potential treatment for traumatic brain injury which may help others with this problem, regardless of their ability to pay,” said John Couris, President and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center.

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI as it is commonly known, is a broad classification for brain-injury diagnosis when brain cells can’t get enough oxygen or transport oxygen to stimulate the production of new brain cells. Symptoms may include mental impairment, confusion, slowed response, fatigue, speech and balance impairments.

“My 13 seasons as quarterback with the New York Jets were unforgettable but now I’m participating with the dedicated team at Jupiter Medical Center to help them raise $10 million to explore a possible new treatment for this debilitating condition,” said Joe Namath.

“I sustained my share of concussions playing pro football and had recently experienced some concerns such as fatigue and decreased cognition. Also, the 2012 suicide of star linebacker Junior Seau of the San Diego Chargers left a lasting impression on me when I learned that it may have been caused by chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease, often a result of multiple concussions. So, together with Jupiter Medical Center, The Joe Namath Neurological Research Center was created to help those currently suffering and to potentially prevent others from enduring the debilitating long-term effects of TBI,” he added.


Joe Namath’s friendship with Dr. Lee Fox, Chief of Radiology at Jupiter Medical Center, led to testing and treatments at Jupiter Medical Center’s Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Center, which had been successfully using hyperbaric oxygen therapy for other chronic health ailments. The doctors did a thorough cognitive assessment of Mr. Namath and a baseline brain imaging study, then performed a series of hyperbaric oxygen therapy treatments for six months. They saw improvements in his brain function through the brain imaging studies, as well as his improved sleep, cognition, and memory function so a decision was made to launch a clinical trial to determine if it could also be a possible treatment for TBI.

Based on Joe’s experience, Dr. Barry Miskin, Chief of Surgery and Medical Director of the Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Program at Jupiter Medical Center and Dr. Lee Fox developed a protocol for using hyperbaric oxygen therapy for traumatic brain injury and received approval from the Food and Drug Administration to launch the clinical trial.

As with any clinical research study, there are costs involved. Therefore, Joe Namath has committed to raising $10 million dollars for the study and will champion greater awareness of traumatic brain injury. He wants professionals as well as weekend athletes, veterans or anyone over the age of 18 who qualifies for participation in the research protocol to be able to afford to undergo this therapy. Initially, 100 patients will be gathered for the clinical trial under the direction of Dr. Barry Miskin and Dr. Lee Fox. They will test the use of hyperbaric oxygen to determine if oxygenation can stimulate the healing process for brain injuries.

About the trial

For more information on the Joe Namath Neurological Treatment Center at Jupiter Medical Center and the clinical trial, call 1-800-864-2234 or 561-263-4TBI, or visit www.namathneurocenter.com

About Jupiter Medical Center

Jupiter Medical Center is a not-for-profit leading regional medical center that provides a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in wound healing and hyperbaric services, oncology, imaging, orthopedics and spine, digestive health, emergency services, lung and thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health. Founded in 1979, the Medical Center is staffed by teams of highly-skilled physicians, surgeons, nurses and therapists, many trained at renowned schools of medicine such as Harvard and Duke, delivering cutting-edge medical care to every patient. For more information please call (561) 263-2234 or visit www.jupitermed.com.