Jun 20, 2012 5:11 PM by Andy Koen
They've long been neighbors but on Monday afternoon, the US Olympic Committee announced that Memorial Health System will be the official health system for the US Olympic Training Center.
As part of the agreement, Memorial will provide both general and specialized medical care for America's Olympic and Paralympic athletes. The hospital will also provide medical support for athletic events hosted by the USOC.
In a statement, Memorial interim CEO Mike Scialdone called it an honor to care for the athletes who train here.
"Good health is critical not only for their own success and dreams, but also for the country's standing on the world stage," Scialdone said. "This is a testament to our mission to provide the highest quality health care."
Dr. Bill Moreau, USOC managing director of sports medicine, said the agreement will help ensure the athletes receive the best possible care should the need arise.
"The men and 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," Moreau said.
The agreement may become a model for future agreements between hospitals in other communities where Olmpic Training Centers are located.