Bethel Park facility eyed to offer medical services, training for athletes
A combination sports rehabilitation and performance program for Olympic athletes could be coming to a Bethel Park sports complex, officials said on Thursday.
“We're really excited about what the potential partnership will do for Team USA,” said Dr. Bill Moreau, managing director of sports medicine for the U.S. Olympic Committee.
The USOC has six designated Regional Medical Centers — Allegheny Health Network was announced as one in February — and two national centers that provide medical services to Team USA athletes.
None of the centers offers sports performance services at the level that an Allegheny Health orthopedic practice at Cool Springs Sports Complex off Hamilton Road would, said Moreau, who attended a ribbon-cutting for the first phase of the complex on Thursday.
In cooperation with Dr. Patrick DeMeo, chairman of Allegheny Health's Orthopedic Institute and director of the network's Sports Medicine Division, Olympic and Paralympic athletes and hopefuls would receive sports medicine and sports performance services at the complex, Moreau said.
“The final product will dictate how we utilize it. It isn't finished yet,” Moreau said. “We expect that it will be a special place that we will utilize to help Team USA.”
Penn Cove Group Capital LLC of Cecil is redeveloping a 45-year-old golf center for the $19 million complex, said Brian P. Shanahan, Penn Cove's managing partner. The first phase opened on Monday and includes a new clubhouse with a two-tier driving range, restaurant and refurbished 18-hole miniature golf course.
The second phase, a 172,000-square-foot indoor sports complex scheduled to be finished in spring 2015, will include orthopedic services from Allegheny Health Network, three basketball courts, six volleyball courts, a gym and a FIFA regulation-size soccer field that can be used for lacrosse, football and baseball. There will be a separate, enclosed dek hockey structure, Shanahan said.
Penn Cove paid $1.66 million in October for the 40-acre, financially troubled Cool Springs Golf Center, Shanahan said, and in May it bought 15 acres from Bethel Park for $350,000.
“I have a vision to make this a sports destination mecca,” he said.
Allegheny Health officials would not detail their planned operations, other than to confirm that the network would have an orthopedic presence at the complex and that they are in negotiations about an Olympics partnership there.
Allegheny Health officials said their orthopedic services would enhance athletes' abilities.
“As a result, our programs will be tailored to these athletes,” said John Paul, the network's chief executive officer.
Tory N. Parrish is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-5662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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