Young Presidents’ Organization to Offer Mayo Clinic’s New ProPilot Program for Preventive Care of Business Aviation Pilots

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YPO will offer Mayo Clinic ProPilot, a new bundled aviation medicine program designed for corporate flight departments to keep pilots on the flight deck quickly and safely.

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For YPO member pilots and those who manage a large flight department, this collaboration provides access to world-class health resources, enabling pilots to be proactive about their individual health.

Today, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), the world’s premier peer network of chief executives and business leaders, announced that it will offer Mayo Clinic ProPilot, a new bundled aviation medicine program designed for corporate flight departments to keep pilots on the flight deck quickly and safely.

Pilots from hundreds of corporate flight departments, belonging to members of YPO, will now have access to a premium preventive health screening program, ProPilot, provided by Mayo Clinic. The program features an age-tiered model of pre-determined preventive health services offered to pilots on an annual basis.

Mayo Clinic’s Section of Aerospace Medicine is launching the Mayo Clinic ProPilot Program on its Rochester, Minnesota campus. Member aviators have access to Mayo Clinic experts in Aviation Medicine along with a team of nurses who provide a comprehensive preventive screening assessment in conjunction with their required Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification examination. If a medical condition is detected, it is identified earlier in its course to prevent a lapse in certification eligibility, and Mayo flight physicians expedite any necessary medical waivers if a condition is detected.

“The goal of Mayo Clinic ProPilot is to mesh the very best of what we offer – a detailed preventive screening examination with the flight physical,” said Dr. Clayton T. Cowl, Chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine at Mayo Clinic and current President of the Civil Aviation Medical Association. “Too often, pilots get substandard medical care because they are worried about losing their medical certificate. They are flying some of the most valuable resources of a company to destinations around the globe. With ProPilot, we are able to advocate for the pilot with the FAA allowing a pilot to keep their medical. We want nothing more than for our pilots to have an uninterrupted, long, healthy career.”

Corporate flight departments can sign up for the program, after which appointments are pre-scheduled with a streamlined itinerary. Mayo Clinic flight physicians take on the role of flight department medical director by sending a dashboard of medically-related information to the chief pilot at the end of the year.

Once enrolled, YPO members will have access to Mayo Clinic aviation medicine virtual education sessions that feature cutting edge clinical information and the latest updates regarding FAA aeromedical certification information.

“For YPO member pilots and those who manage a large flight department, this collaboration facilitates access to world class health resources, allowing pilots to be proactive about their individual health,” said Scott Mordell, CEO of YPO. “We are proud to provide 23,000 peers and their families in more than 130 countries with alliances with leading institutions like the Mayo Clinic, as well as participation opportunities in specialized networks, like the Aviation Network, to support their business, community and personal leadership.”

“Many firms understand the importance of the annual inspection for their aircraft,” explained Mitch Nelson, Program Manager for Mayo Clinic ProPilot. “Premium flight departments also recognize that the most valuable part of the aircraft is the pilot. That’s our focus.”

“Before we came to the Mayo, some of our pilots were wondering if Mayo’s thoroughness would slow the process down, or uncover irrelevant issues that would lead to delays and denials,” said Glenn Jones, Director of Aviation at Steelcase, Inc., a client of Mayo Clinic aviation medicine. “But now we ask ‘why you wouldn’t come to Mayo, have great care, be able to trust your examiner, and preserve your ability to fly?’”

For information regarding enrollment in the program, contact 507-266-2080, or email propilot(at)mayo(dot)edu. Additional information can be found at http://www.mayoclinic.org/propilot.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit http://www.mayoclinic.org/about-mayo-clinic or http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ginger Plumbo, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, Email: newsbureau(at)mayo(dot)edu.        

About YPO
YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization) is a not-for-profit, global network of young chief executives connected through the shared mission of becoming Better Leaders Through Education and Idea ExchangeTM. Founded in 1950, YPO today provides 23,000 peers and their families in 130 countries with access to unique experiences, extraordinary educational resources, access to alliances with leading institutions, and participation in specialized networks to support their business, community and personal leadership. Altogether, YPO member-run companies employ more than 15 million people around the world and generate US$6 trillion in annual revenues. For more information, visit http://www.ypo.org.

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