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Hospital for Special Surgery Named United States Olympic Committee's First National Medical Center

New York—August 14, 2013

Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City has been designated the first National Medical Center of the United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) National Medical Network. In this capacity, HSS will be an official hospital for elite U.S. athletes.

“I’m thrilled that Hospital for Special Surgery will now have an even closer relationship with elite athletes and the opportunity to put its full expertise behind all of Team USA,” said Scott A. Rodeo, M.D., orthopedic surgeon and Co-Chief of the Sports Medicine Service at Hospital for Special Surgery. “Working with USA Swimming at the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympic Games was an extraordinary privilege.”

“Dr. Rodeo is a swimmer himself and he understands what it means to be a high level athlete – coupled with his expertise that’s what made Hospital for Special Surgery a great resource for me when I was faced with an injury,” said Lenny Krayzelburg, four-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist from the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. “I chose HSS because it’s the best in America for orthopedics. When you’re going for gold you want the best hospital to receive the best care so that you can get back to your sport.”

Hospital for Special Surgery is a world leader in orthopedics, rheumatology and rehabilitation – ranked No. 1 in orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report – and has a longstanding connection to world-class athletes, including many U.S. Olympic athletes. For years, HSS doctors have served U.S. Olympic athletes and hopefuls as the team physicians for USA Swimming, USA Volleyball, and USRowing.

Read more: Selected Members of past U.S. Olympic Medical Teams Blog About Their Experiences at the Olympic Games

“This designation by the USOC complements HSS’s dedication and commitment to treating elite athletes,” said Louis A. Shapiro, President and CEO of Hospital for Special Surgery. “Our medical experts are the most highly respected in athletic medicine today. We have long specialized in working with world-class athletes to achieve their goals, and we look forward to continuing this effort through our participation in the USOC’s National Medical Network.

“We are extremely pleased to have Hospital for Special Surgery join the National Medical Network, which was formed to provide convenient and quality services for elite athletes in the United States,” said Alan Ashley, USOC chief of sport performance.

Read more at 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 HSS | Hospital for Special Surgery
HSS is the world’s leading academic medical center focused on musculoskeletal health. At its core is Hospital for Special Surgery, nationally ranked No. 1 in orthopedics (for the ninth consecutive year) and No. 3 in rheumatology by U.S.News & World Report (2018-2019). Founded in 1863, the Hospital has one of the lowest infection rates in the country and was the first in New York State to receive Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Service from the American Nurses Credentialing Center four consecutive times. The global standard total knee replacement was developed at HSS in 1969. An affiliate of Weill Cornell Medical College, HSS has a main campus in New York City and facilities in New Jersey, Connecticut and in the Long Island and Westchester County regions of New York State. In 2017 HSS provided care to 135,000 patients and performed more than 32,000 surgical procedures. People from all 50 U.S. states and 80 countries travelled to receive care at HSS. In addition to patient care, HSS leads the field in research, innovation and education. The HSS Research Institute comprises 20 laboratories and 300 staff members focused on leading the advancement of musculoskeletal health through prevention of degeneration, tissue repair and tissue regeneration. The HSS Global Innovation Institute was formed in 2016 to realize the potential of new drugs, therapeutics and devices. The culture of innovation is accelerating at HSS as 130 new idea submissions were made to the Global Innovation Institute in 2017 (almost 3x the submissions in 2015). The HSS Education Institute is the world’s leading provider of education on the topic on musculoskeletal health, with its online learning platform offering more than 600 courses to more than 21,000 medical professional members worldwide. Through HSS Global Ventures, the institution is collaborating with medical centers and other organizations to advance the quality and value of musculoskeletal care and to make world-class HSS care more widely accessible nationally and internationally.


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