Wednesday, September 14, 2011
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic officials today announced the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a network of provider organizations benefiting from access to Mayo Clinic expertise. Mayo Clinic Care Network members will have Mayo Clinic expertise at their fingertips, including the ability to connect with Mayo Clinic physicians, to help them care for their patients and improve their system and the health of their communities. Altru Health System, based in Grand Forks, N.D., was announced today as the first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
"For many years, Mayo Clinic has enjoyed collaborative relationships with hospitals, group practices, and providers around the world. By developing formal connections with high-quality, culturally aligned practices, the Mayo Clinic Care Network takes these natural collaborations even further," says David Hayes, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Care Network members, such as Altru Health System, share a common philosophy, commitment and mission to improve the delivery of health care. With the Mayo Clinic Care Network, some patients will still need to travel to a tertiary care facility, but by creating scalable ways to connect the patients at member institutions with Mayo Clinic, all will benefit from these collaborative relationships.
"Altru's relationship with Mayo Clinic is based on cooperation and collaboration to improve the well-being of patients in our region," says Casey Ryan, M.D., president of Altru Health System. "Through clinical integration, we are proud to ensure our patients have access to the highest level of knowledge and expertise."
In May, Mayo Clinic and Altru first announced their collaboration, which is now formalized as Altru's membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Altru physicians have taken advantage of the relationship in many ways. With this collaboration, many patients who previously would have traveled to Mayo were able to continue their care close to home.
"The providers of Altru are learning a lot from the relationship, and I believe the Mayo Clinic people are learning a lot about what this relationship means to the future of health care," says Matthew Roller, M.D., Altru neurologist who has worked with colleagues at Mayo Clinic. "Together, we have the opportunity to innovate and improve outcomes for our patients by working together. This relationship brings providers together to share ideas that ultimately benefit patients."
"The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents non-ownership relationships," says Dr. Hayes. "The goal is to offer more people and communities access to Mayo Clinic expertise so that patients can benefit without ever having to travel to a Mayo Clinic facility. While more people are seeking Mayo Clinic care than ever before, we recognize this as a unique opportunity to extend our knowledge base even further."
Altru Health System is a community-owned, integrated system with an acute care hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, more than a dozen clinics in Grand Forks and the region, a large home care network, and a congregate living facility. It employs nearly 200 physicians and 3,800 staff.
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