PITTSBURGH, Jan. 6, 2020– The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program is collaborating with the Ryan Blaney Family Foundation (RBFF) to fund the educations of two fellows, commencing in Fall 2021.The RBFF supports causes that have directly impacted the family of star NASCAR driver, Ryan Blaney. Ryan’s father, Dave Blaney, received treatment at UPMC for a severe concussion after a racing accident, which inspired the family to support the program.

“Our family experienced first-hand the tremendous treatment available through the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program; first with my dad from his racing accident and then with my cousin through an everyday life on-the-job sort of concussion that he experienced,” said Ryan Blaney.  “As a family we wanted to do something to say thank you and to ultimately make the treatments more readily available to more people – athletes or not.  This is the goal of our Fund a Fellow program and we look forward to following these fellows throughout their education to tell this story and to making a positive impact on an important topic.”

The RBFF aims to bring awareness to concussions and expand the UPMC program’s treatment practice to geographies beyond Pittsburgh. The fellows will complete training with UPMC in Pittsburgh with the goal of taking their knowledge to newly established practices in other U.S. locations.

“The fellowship program and this donation enables future clinicians to advance an individually targeted treatment approach that helps patients return to their normal activities, whether focused on everyday tasks or professionally racing cars,” said Micky Collins, Ph.D., clinical and executive director, UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion program. “On behalf of our entire team, I want to convey our sincerest appreciation to the Blaney family for their support.”

The UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program sees over 20,000 patient visits, involving between 6,000-7,000 unique patients, each year.

About the Ryan Blaney Family Foundation
Established in 2018, the Ryan Blaney Family Foundation (RBFF) is a 501(c)3 that supports causes that have directly impacted the Blaney Family.  The primary benefactors of the RBFF are the Alzheimer’s Association and the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program.  For more information: www.ryanblaneyfamilyfoundation.org; Twitter/Instagram: @rbfamfoundation; Facebook: @rbfamilyfoundation.

About UPMC
A $21 billion health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC is inventing new models of patient-centered, cost-effective, accountable care. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates more than 90,000 employees, 40 hospitals, 700 doctors’ offices and outpatient sites, and a 3.9 million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical insurer in western Pennsylvania. In the most recent fiscal year, UPMC contributed $1.4 billion in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution, and paid more than $800 million in federal, state, and local taxes. Working in close collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC shares its clinical, managerial, and technological skills worldwide through its innovation and commercialization arm, UPMC Enterprises, and through UPMC International. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside among the nation’s best hospitals in many specialties and ranks UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh on its Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals. For more information, go to UPMC.com.

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