U.S. Olympic Committee Adds the University of Utah to National Medical Network to Support Elite U.S. Athletes

U.S. Olympic Committee Adds the University of Utah to National Medical Network to Support Elite U.S. Athletes

May 11, 2016 9:55 AM

University of Utah Health Care becomes third national medical center to join the network

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee today announced the addition of the University of Utah Health Care (UUHC) to the National Medical Network. UUHC will serve as a national medical center, specializing in orthopedic medicine, physical medicine, primary care, dentistry, psychiatry, ophthalmology and neurosurgery for elite U.S. athletes. The partnership will also include collaborative research and educational opportunities for athletes at the University of Utah.

The NMN provides medical care to America’s elite athletes through partnerships with top-tier medical providers with proven expertise in sports medicine. Providers who are invited to join the NMN must have a strong history within the following areas to qualify: multidisciplinary care, sporting event coverage, offer screening, prevention and performance services, and participation in research and education.

“University of Utah Health Care is an exceptional addition to the United States Olympic Committee's National Medical Network,” said Dr. Bill Moreau, USOC managing director of sports medicine. “UUHC was invited by the USOC to be a national-level partner because of their long-standing history of high quality of medical care, leadership in sports medicine, research initiatives – and a location that allows them to support key winter sports. This partnership represents a great opportunity to create further synergy in regards to cutting edge advancements in sports medicine with an eye on high performance outcomes.”

Additionally – in partnership with UUHC – the USOC opened a High Performance Center inside the Utah Olympic Oval. The center will provide support for athletes training at the facility, while exploring various research topics.

“Our excellence in sports medicine and fitness combined with our research expertise make this the right time, the right place and the right partnership,” said Vivian Lee, M.D., Ph.D., MBA, CEO of University of Utah Health Care and senior vice president for health sciences.  “We are also pleased to partner with the USOC in providing educational opportunities for Team USA athletes, so that once their athletic journey comes to an end, they are able to achieve success in the next phase of their lives. “ 

NMN medical destinations are designated by the USOC as either national or regional based on the scope of available services.

The following organizations are members of the National Medical Network:

National Medical Centers

  • Hospital for Special Surgery – New York, New York
  • Steadman Philippon Research Institute and The Steadman Clinic – Vail, Colorado
  • University of Utah Health Care – Salt Lake City, Utah

Regional Medical Centers

  • Memorial Health System, Colorado Springs, Colorado - Official Hospital of the Colorado Springs U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • Colorado Center of Orthopedic Excellence, Colorado Springs, Colorado - Official Orthopedic Medicine Provider to the Colorado Springs U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • Adirondack Health, Saranac Lake, New York - Official Hospital of the Lake Placid U.S. Olympic Training Center
  • Lake Placid Sports Medicinem Lake Placid, New York - Official Orthopedic Medicine Provider to the Lake Placid U.S. Olympic Training Center

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

About the USOC

Founded in 1894 and headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, 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 UUHC

University of Utah Health Care is the Intermountain West’s only academic health care system, providing leading-edge and compassionate medicine for the people of Utah and a referral area encompassing five states and more than 10 percent of the continental United States. The health system includes four hospitals – University of Utah Hospital; the University of Utah Orthopaedic Center; University Neuropsychiatric Institute; and Huntsman Cancer Hospital – with more than 1,300 physicians practicing more than 150 medical specialties. University of Utah Health Care has ranked among the top 10 U.S. academic medical centers in the rigorous University HealthSystem Consortium Quality and Accountability study for six years running. It also is also consistently ranked among the country’s best hospitals in U.S. News and World Report’s annual Best Hospitals list.

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