Tri-Lakes is part of health network for Olympians

Of six health care providers nationwide that can be used by Olympic athletes under the U.S. Olympic Committee’s National Medical Network, two are here in the Tri-Lakes area: Adirondack Health, based in Saranac Lake, and Lake Placid Sports Medicine in Lake Placid.

The USOC network was founded last year to provide medical care to Olympic and Paralympic athletes near their hometowns.

That means U.S. Olympians can use Lake Placid Sports Medicine as well as Adirondack Health, which has hospitals in Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, clinics in Tupper Lake, Keene and Saranac Lake, and nursing homes in Lake Placid and Tupper Lake.

The four other USOC medical network participants are western Pennsylvania’s Allegheny Health Network – about 150 Olympic athletes live in that seven-hospital network’s coverage area – the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, Memorial Hospital at the University of Colorado and the Colorado Center of Orthopedic Excellence in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USOC is based in Colorado Springs.