CHICAGO - The National Basketball Retired Players Association (NBRPA), and NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health (NS-EEH) today announced a multi-year agreement making NS-EEH the exclusive healthcare partner of the NBRPA.  

Under the newly announced agreement, NS-EEH will serve as the preferred hospitals and healthcare provider and offer their nationally recognized levels of healthcare to the NBRPA’s more than 1,800 members and their families. NS-EEH will also co-sponsor health events and health fairs, and will provide support to NBRPA members seeking physical, mental, and emotional healthcare services. Additionally, NS-EEH will partner with the NBRPA on Diversity, Equality, and Inclusive (DEI) initiatives and provide services to bolster the NBRPA’s DEI projects, with a focus on underserved communities within the local Chicago area.  

“To be able to partner with a renowned medical establishment as NorthShore—Edward-Elmhurst Health, thrills us and helps us in continuing to provide our members with access to top-of-the-line medical services and care,” said Scott Rochelle, President & CEO, NBRPA. “This exclusive partnership continues our aim of fostering a culture of positive physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing for members during and after their transition from professional basketball and in our efforts to give back to our community.”

“An exclusive medical partnership of this magnitude is unprecedented in our space. NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health, in their commitment to our former players, has demonstrated a strong belief in making our players’ health and wellness a priority,” said Joe Rogowski, Chief Medical Director, NBRPA. “This partnership, that provides access to NorthShore—Edward-Elmhurst Health’s robust medical services is a great first step in the NBRPA’s continued efforts to build an unparalleled sports medicine network.”

“Our goal is to act as a medical care advisor to help NBRPA members gain access to the experts they need for their health issues in a wide variety of specialties -- very similar to how they received access to experts when they were on a pro team,” said Ravi Bashyal, M.D., Vice-Chairman of Patient and Provider Experience & Director of Outpatient Hip and Knee.

Replacement Surgery at NorthShore University HealthSystem, and Co-Medical Director and Head NBRPA Hip & Knee Replacement Consultant. 

“Our entire team of NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst physicians looks forward to helping NBRPA members achieve their best health with expert, advanced, personalized care, no matter where they are in their life journey,” said Dr. Asheesh Bedi, MD. Director of Comprehensive Sports Medicine and Joint Preservation at NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute and Co-Medical Director and Head NBRPA Sports Medicine Surgery Consultant.