The NSF Raises More Than $13 Million to Provide Life-Changing Spine Surgeries to Disadvantaged Global Communities
SAN DIEGO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/08/14 --
NuVasive, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUVA), a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, is proud to announce today that the NuVasive Spine Foundation™ (NSF), a non-profit organization founded and managed by NuVasive, has reached a cumulative milestone of more than $13 million contributed since the Foundation's inception in 2009. To date, NuVasive has donated approximately $10.5 million in surgical products. The announcement follows the successful completion of the Seventh Annual NuVasive Spine Foundation San Diego Golf Tournament held at the Maderas Golf Club on August 24, 2014.
The Foundation's annual flagship fundraising event supports the organization's mission to bring world-class surgeons and innovative spine surgery to disadvantaged communities locally and across the globe. In the past five years, the Foundation's philanthropic impact has expanded from providing surgical services to a single village in Nairobi to supporting 65 surgical mission trips to patients in 23 countries including: Ethiopia, Syria, Turkey, Romania, Belize, India, Zimbabwe and Kenya. NuVasive CEO, Alex Lukianov, noted that the Foundation's mission is built upon a company culture of giving back.
"One of NuVasive's top corporate values is giving back to the community and fostering a company-wide culture that embraces an 'attitude of gratitude.' This has contributed to NuVasive becoming an industry leader in spine surgery and in the development of our innovative spine products," said Lukianov. "We have always maintained a deep commitment to improving patient outcomes and the NuVasive Spine Foundation offers us an opportunity to provide life-changing surgeries to the communities in which we operate as well as in places such as Africa.
"This annual tournament is a testament to the incredible generosity displayed by the San Diego business community, our shareowners (employees), who donate their time and money to this cause, and our national business partners, all of whom have contributed so much over the years," added Lukianov.
In addition to organizing the surgeons who volunteer their time and expertise to further the NSF mission, the Foundation also emphasizes "expertise transfer" to ensure that surgeons in disadvantaged communities are able to create self-sustaining spinal surgery programs once a mission trip concludes.
This year's golf tournament raised more than $370,000, exceeding the target amount of $300,000 and the Foundation's previous record of $230,000 for the same event last year. Donations resulting from this tournament will provide disadvantaged communities with access to spinal procedures through the funding of mission trips; the sponsoring of patient treatments; and the purchasing of essential medical equipment for hospitals and clinics. The number of yearly missions has more than doubled since 2011 and the Foundation is on track to expand its program development.
For more information about the NuVasive Spine Foundation, visit www.nuvasivespinefoundation.org
ABOUT THE NUVASIVE SPINE FOUNDATION:
The NuVasive Spine Foundation, created by local San Diego spine company, NuVasive, combines cutting-edge technology and a network of world-class spine surgeons to provide life-changing spine surgery to individuals around the world who have limited access to medical treatment. They focus on developing sustainable spine care programs and advancing spine surgery technology by training and educating surgeons in disadvantaged communities. For more information about The NuVasive Spine Foundation, visit www.nuvasivespinefoundation.org
NuVasive is an innovative global medical device company that is changing spine surgery with minimally disruptive surgical products and procedurally-integrated solutions for the spine. The Company is the third largest player in the $8.2 billion global spine market. NuVasive offers a comprehensive spine portfolio of more than 90 unique products developed to improve spine surgery and patient outcomes. The Company's principal procedural solution is its Maximum Access Surgery, or MAS®, platform for lateral spine fusion. MAS was designed to provide safe, reproducible, and clinically proven outcomes, and is a highly differentiated solution with fully integrated neuromonitoring, customizable exposure, and a broad offering of application-specific implants and fixation devices designed to address a variety of pathologies.
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