Thursday, June 21, 2012

UPDATE: USOC and Memorial break the fence

Posted By on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM

Brian Newsome, Memorial Health System spokesperson contacted us this afternoon to clarify that the $400,000 cost for the services provided to U.S. athletes is in-kind, and services will be provided annually in an amount up to that figure. We also have removed a quote from the original post.

——————ORIGINAL POST, 2:58 P.M. THURSDAY——————

USOC Training Center and its neighbor Memorial Hospital
  • Achille Ngoma
  • USOC Training Center and its neighbor Memorial Hospital

It's official. The U.S. Olympic Committee has selected Memorial Health System as the local care provider for Team USA athletes who reside at the Colorado Springs training center. The cost of the relationship is $400,000 per year.

“This is not gonna be a significant financial burden on the organization,” said Mike Scialdone, Memorial interim CEO, at a media event yesterday.

The agreement makes Memorial the provider of general and specialized medical care for elite athletes, as well as medical support for events hosted by USOC. Athletes will have access to specialty physicians, Memorial’s concussion clinic, holistic therapies and emergency care.

“We are honored that the U.S. Olympic Committee has entrusted us with the care of the amazing athletes that train here in Colorado Springs, whose good health is critical not only for their own success and dreams, but also for the country’s standing on the stage,” Scialdone said in a release.

Doctor Bill Moreau, USOC managing director hopes that Olympic and Paralympic athletes will make their dreams come true with the medical care they receive.

“The men and the women at Memorial are terrific medical providers and we’re grateful that their services will be available to some of the amazing athletes that come through our Olympic Training Center here in Colorado Springs,” he said.

Depending on events, 200 to 500 athletes reside at the Springs training center. Only a few of them will have access to the services according to criteria agreeing parties will define.

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