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U.S. Olympic Committee launches National Medical Network to support elite athlete health

By United States Olympic Committee | Aug. 14, 2013, 11:26 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States Olympic Committee today announced the formation of a National Medical Network, which will provide medical care to elite U.S. athletes, including orthopedic medicine, physical medicine, primary care, dentistry, neurosurgery and more. This network is comprised of national and regional medical centers, including Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York, N.Y., the first organization to be designated as a National Medical Center by the USOC, and four Regional Medical Centers.

"We are extremely pleased to have Hospital for Special Surgery join the National Medical Network," said Alan Ashley, USOC chief of sport performance. "The purpose of this medical network is to provide convenient and quality services for elite athletes. The variety and value of services that this collaborative project will provide is a true game changer for Team USA." 

The following organizations are members of the National Medical Network:

National Medical Center

Hospital for Special Surgery - New York, N.Y.

Regional Medical Centers:

Memorial Health System - Colorado Springs, Colo
Official Hospital of the Colorado Springs U.S. Olympic Training Center

Colorado Center of Orthopedic Excellence - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Official Orthopedic Medicine Provider to the Colorado Springs U.S. Olympic Training Center

Adirondack Health - Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Official Hospital of the Lake Placid U.S. Olympic Training Center

Lake Placid Sports Medicine - Lake Placid, N.Y.
Official Orthopedic Medicine Provider to the Lake Placid U.S. Olympic Training Center

"Access to terrific orthopedic care for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls is a key objective of both Hospital for Special Surgery and the USOC's National Medical Network," said Louis A. Shapiro, HSS president and CEO. "It's an honor to be part of the National Medical Network, and this designation by the USOC complements our dedication and commitment to treating elite athletes."

The USOC is striving to continue developing and expanding its list of National Medical Network providers to further support National Governing Bodies and the performance objectives of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

"Throughout a long-term athletic career, nearly everyone experiences some sort of injury or faces a health issue, but if these setbacks can be restrained to minor obstacles, we are able to continue competing with the world's best," said Curt Tomasevicz, 2010 Olympic bobsled champion and Sochi 2014 Olympic hopeful. "As an athlete, I'm grateful the USOC has undertaken this project and believe the National Medical Network is a great resource.

For more information on the National Medical Network, visit TeamUSA.org.

About the USOC:
Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., the U.S. Olympic Committee serves as both the National Olympic Committee and National Paralympic Committee for the United States. As such, the USOC is responsible for the training, entering and funding of U.S. teams for the Olympic, Paralympic, Youth Olympic, Pan American and Parapan American Games, while serving as a steward of the Olympic and Paralympic Movements throughout the country. For more information, visit TeamUSA.org

About Hospital for Special Surgery:
Founded in 1863, Hospital for Special Surgery is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation. HSS is nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics, No. 4 in rheumatology, and No. 5 in geriatrics by U.S. News & World Report (2013-14). HSS has one of the lowest infection rates in the country. From 2008 to 2012, HSS has been a recipient of the HealthGrades Joint Replacement Excellence Award. HSS is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College. The hospital's research division is internationally recognized as a leader in the investigation of musculoskeletal and autoimmune diseases. Hospital for Special Surgery is located in New York City and online at hss.edu.