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U.S. Olympic Committee awards elite designation to Hospital for Special Surgery

Monday October 7, 2013
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The Hospital for Special Surgery, Manhattan, has become the first organization to be designated a National Medical Center by the United States Olympic Committee, according to a news release.

The USOC announced the formation of a National Medical Network, which will provide elite athletes with medical care including orthopedic medicine, physical medicine, primary care, dentistry, neurosurgery and more. The initial network consists of one national and four regional medical centers.

"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," Louis A. Shapiro, HSS president and CEO, said in the release. "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."

Alan Ashley, USOC chief of sport performance, said the purpose of the network is to provide convenient, quality services for athletes.

"The variety and value of services that this collaborative project will provide is a true game changer for Team USA," Ashley said.

Regional centers announced as part of the network are Memorial Health System and the Colorado Center of Orthopedic Excellence, both in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake, N.Y.; and Lake Placid (N.Y.) Sports Medicine.


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