Allegheny Health Network to treat U.S. Olympic athletes

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The Allegheny Health Network and the U.S. Olympic Committee announced Wednesday that they have reached an agreement that will give U.S. athletes access to the hospital system's services, including orthopedics, physical therapy and primary sports medicine.

AHN becomes the sixth health care provider in the USOC's National Medical Network, formed last year to provide services for U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes near where they live and train.

Allegheny Health officials declined to reveal any financial information related to the network's designation as a regional medical center. The National Medical Network is listed on the TeamUSA's sponsors website, as is Highmark, parent company of the Allegheny Health Network.

At a press briefing Wednesday morning, Patrick DeMeo, chairman of AHN's Department of Orthopedic Surgery, said the partnership came together in a negotiation he described as "a two-way street." Allegheny Health Network has a trainer, but no physicians, in Sochi, Russia, for the Olympic Games that begin today.

The other National Medical Network centers are the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City; Memorial Hospital at the University of Colorado Health and the Colorado Center of Orthopedic Excellence in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Adirondack Health of Saranac Lake, N.Y.; and Lake Placid Sports Medicine in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Steve Twedt: or 412-263-1963.

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