June 11, 2013
By AOPA Communications staff
Life Line Screening, the leading provider of community-based preventive health screenings in the United States, has increased its support of AOPA and the association’s efforts to help pilots retain their medical certificates.
As an AOPA Supporting Sponsor, Life Line Screening will continue to offer AOPA members discounts on selected health screening services. But through an enhanced relationship, Life Line Screening also will sponsor the medical section of AOPA.org and provide periodic health advice through AOPA’s Pilot Protection Services monthly e-newsletter.
“This sponsorship demonstrates an even stronger commitment to AOPA members and their health, increasing the odds that our members will be able to fly for as long as they like,” said Ed Thompson, AOPA vice president of corporate partnerships. “Life Line Screening Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Manganaro is a pilot and AOPA member who brings additional value and a unique perspective to the relationship with AOPA.”
Life Line Screening has provided more than 8 million health screenings nationwide since 1993, with the goal of making preventive health care affordable and available everywhere. Screenings are performed with advanced ultrasound equipment by highly trained healthcare professionals, and results are reviewed by board-certified physicians. Currently working with more than 160 hospitals in 48 states, Life Line Screening’s services include detection of heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and liver and kidney conditions.
“Pilots understand the need for regular preventive maintenance, whether it be on their planes or their bodies,” said Manganaro, MD, FACS, FACC. “Early identification of problems can avoid serious health issues later, including issues that could ground a pilot. We are pleased to be working with AOPA in this robust manner.”
AOPA has a long commitment to pilot health and medical certification assistance. AOPA Pilot Protection Services offers members the opportunity to review their medical records before they are sent to the FAA, thus assuring that the information being submitted in support of a medical certificate is complete and favorable. The program also provides health advice and tips for pilots from medical experts such as Dr. Jonathan Sackier, author of the “Fly Well” column in AOPA Pilot magazine, and Dr. Warren Silberman, former FAA Manager of Aerospace Medical Certification. AOPA’s medical certification specialists answer questions about medical issues daily by phone and email at AOPA’s headquarters.
The AOPA Corporate Partnership program includes three tiers of support: Strategic Partners, Premier Partners, and Supporting Sponsors. Life Line Screening becomes the second Supporting Sponsor in AOPA’s Corporate Partnership Program, along with DTC DUAT. AOPA’s four Strategic Partners include Enterprise Holdings (Alamo Rent A Car, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, and National Car Rental), Aircraft Spruce & Specialty Co., Aero-Space Reports, and Bank of America.
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