Jupiter Medical Center Foundation hosted "An Evening Benefiting Traumatic Brain Injury" at Cipriani in New York City

NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – On Tuesday, October 10, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation proudly hosted “An Evening Benefiting Traumatic Brain Injury” to raise funds to help provide life-altering treatments for patients at the Joe Namath Neurological Research Center at Jupiter Medical Center of Palm Beach County, Florida. The event, sponsored by Omnicom Group and St. George’s University, was held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City.

Former baseball great and New York Emmy-award winning broadcaster Fran Healy emceed the event, while Joe Theismann, keynote speaker and former Washington Redskins quarterback moved audience members when he explained “it’s not just football players” who suffer from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). More than 1.7 million people sustain TBIs each year from other sports, falls, car accidents, assaults, and military combat.

During one of the most emotional points of the evening and with tremendous pride, Cody Gifford accepted an award on behalf of his beloved late father, and football icon Frank Gifford, whose family donated his brain to medical science to help researchers learn more about the link between football and brain injury. Cody’s mother and Today Show sweetheart Kathie Lee, watched with heartfelt emotion from the audience. Two patients who participated in the clinical trial being conducted at Jupiter Medical Center, also attended the event. Patient “Katie,” who could barely talk just a few years ago, shared her inspiring story of determination, bringing the crowd to tears, and, to their feet for a standing ovation.

Event co-chair Joe Namath, who the Center is named after, huddled during a fireside chat with Theismann and Healy where they exchanged stories, talked about the precariousness of football and the seriousness of TBI. Former NFL players, New York Jets Greg Buttle, John Schmidt and Richard Caster and New York Giant Harry Carson, were also in attendance to show their support. Media advertising giant John Wren, CEO of Omnicom Group, also honorary co-chair of the event with Namath, expressed his enthusiasm in supporting the cause and praised the work being done for all TBI patients.

“To see such big names in business and sports come together for this benefit was truly incredible,” said Liv Vesely, President of Jupiter Medical Center Foundation. “It’s extremely humbling to see exectives from many of New York’s top companies support our cause,” she added.

The proceeds from the event will benefit the Joe Namath Neurological Research Center at Jupiter Medical Center, where a clinical trial is currently underway. These donations will help doctors continue their life-altering work using hyperbaric oxygen therapy to treat TBI patients and hope to be able to bring this groundbreaking treatment inot the mainstream.

To support the ongoing efforts surrounding TBI research, visit namathneurocenter.org or call


About Jupiter Medical Center Foundation

Since its founding in 1989, Jupiter Medical Center Foundation has empowered Jupiter Medical Center with the financial resources to reimagine the delivery of health and wellness to the region. Jupiter Medical Center Foundation, together with Jupiter Medical Center, is committed to transforming regional health care through leading-edge technology, patient-centered care and enhanced facilities. The Foundation has funded a number of major projects at Jupiter Medical Center, including the De George Pediatric Unit in partnership with Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, the Margaret W. Niedland Breast Center, The Anderson Family Orthopedic & Spine Center, the Frank E. and Mary D. Walsh Robotic Surgery Program, and the Florence A. De George Pavilion.

As a leading, not-for-profit medical provider in the region, Jupiter Medical Center relies on philanthropic gifts to maintain patients’ well-being and quality of care, and Jupiter Medical Center Foundation is dedicated to securing this financial support in order to fulfill the mission of the organization. For more information, please visit jmcfoundation.org.

About Jupiter Medical Center

A not-for-profit, 327-bed, regional medical center, consisting of 207 private acute-care hospital beds, and 120 long-term care, sub-acute rehabilitation and Hospice beds, Jupiter Medical Center is reimagining how to restore the community’s health and wellness. Award-winning physicians, world-class partnerships, and innovative techniques and technology enable Jupiter Medical Center to provide a broad range of services with specialty concentrations in cardiology, oncology, imaging, orthopedics and spine, digestive health, emergency and pediatric services, lung and thoracic, women’s health, weight management and men’s health.

Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has approximately 1,600 team members, 615 physicians and 640 volunteers. Jupiter Medical Center continues to perform in the top 10% of hospitals for patient quality and satisfaction. For more information on Jupiter Medical Center, please call 561-263-2234 or visit jupitermedcom.