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Allegheny Health Network, Pittsburgh Riverhounds Unveil New AHN Montour Health + Sports Medicine Center

Thursday, November 03, 2022

Representatives of Allegheny Health Network (AHN), Highmark Health, and the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Soccer Club (SC) joined community leaders and elected officials today in Coraopolis to officially unveil the new AHN Montour Health + Sports Medicine Center. One of the largest sports complexes of its kind in the U.S., the 78-acre development includes multiple indoor and outdoor athletic fields conjoined with a 20,000-square-foot medical facility that will serve as a premier destination for sports performance training and medical care.

Located at 2419 State Avenue, the new facility is expected to open to patients on Monday, November 7.  

Developed in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, the AHN Montour Health + Sports Medicine Center currently features three turfed, FIFA regulation-sized soccer and multi-purpose fields, including one full-size indoor field for year-round use. Seven additional outdoor fields are under construction with expected completion in 2023.  The new campus will be utilized as a practice site for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and home base for the Riverhounds Development Academy, which annually trains more than 5,000 athletes ranging from 4-18 years old.  

Leading clinicians from the AHN Orthopaedic Institute will provide onsite orthopaedics and sports medicine services to patients and athletes of all ages at the Montour site, including physical/occupational therapy, sports performance training, a physician-led concussion diagnosis and management program, and more.

Patients will also have access at the sprawling campus to AHN primary care, pediatric care, laboratory services and diagnostic imaging, including X-ray and MRI.

"As part of AHN's commitment to improving the health and wellness of patients across Western Pennsylvania, we are so pleased to bring this incredible new resource to the community, and country, in partnership with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds," said Patrick DeMeo, MD, chair, AHN Orthopedic Institute. "Our exceptional team of caregivers looks forward to meeting the needs of patients and athletes at every level from this outstanding facility for decades to come."  

From the AHN Orthpaedic Institute, the facility will be staffed by sports medicine primary care physician Ravi Ved, DO, as well as adult reconstruction surgeons Alan Slipak, MD, and Jeffrey Sewecke, DO; sports medicine surgeons Sam Akhavan, MD, DJ Phillips, MD, and Aaron Burgess, MD; foot and ankle surgeon James Sferra, MD; and orthopaedic spine surgeon Ryan Sauber, MD.

A key component of the new facility's offerings will be AHN's sports performance services led by Frank Velasquez, director of AHN sports performance and a nationally recognized specialist in sports performance training. AHN's comprehensive sports performance program includes personalized strength training and conditioning programs designed for active adults and athletes of any age and level, advanced injury prevention and recovery regimens for individuals and teams, and detailed sports performance evaluations.

Participants in the sports performance program will have access to state-of-the-art sports performance and recovery equipment such as the Alter G Anti-Gravity Treadmill; a Cryo-Sauna designed to promote faster healing of injuries; a Dynavision Visumotor System designed to enhance reaction times and coordination; a Vibration Drum and Platform used to assist with warm-up, exercises and cool down during workouts; and Recovery Pump Compression Boots that promote circulation and shorten injury recovery times.

The facility's Sports Science Lab – a first of its kind in the region – features advanced technology used to identify restrictions or areas of weakness within an athlete's body by capturing in-depth metrics and analytics.  Trainers will use this information to aid them in building out an athlete's strength training template and progression plan.

AHN Pediatric and Primary Care Institutes will also offer services at AHN Montour, providing a full spectrum of comprehensive care from the earliest years on. Patients, and families, will be able to schedule annual visits, wellness checkups as well as seek acute care five days a week. AHN pediatrician Howard Topol, MD, and primary care physician Sarah Shinn, MD, are available for appointments beginning November 7.

AHN has been the official medical provider of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC since 2008. The new facility is another testament to the value of the organizations' long partnership, said Tuffy Shallenberger, owner of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and developer of the complex.

"We're grateful that Allegheny Health Network has been the longest-running partner of the Riverhounds organization, and a lot of work from everyone involved has gone into making this complex a reality," Shallenberger said. "This facility is going to be second to none, and it will provide terrific benefits to our organizations, the Coraopolis community and athletes from all around the region."

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