VOL. 130 | NO. 142 | Thursday, July 23, 2015
Methodist Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network
By Andy Meek
Methodist Healthcare has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a partnership that’s been about a year in the making and adds the Memphis-based institution to a national network of health care providers.
Hospital officials and Mayo representatives announced the partnership Thursday morning in the “innovation studio” inside Methodist University Hospital, at 1265 Union Ave. Mayo Clinic Care Network medical director Dr. David Hayes was among those on hand and positioned the new relationship as ‘two-directional,’ with best practices and knowledge flowing between the organizations and throughout the network.
In addition to Methodist becoming the first health care organization in Tennessee and the Memphis area to join the Mayo network, Methodist president and chief operating officer Michael Ugwueke and Methodist CEO Gary Shorb were also on hand to tout other benefits. Among them, that the network helps the Memphis institution support its patient-centered model of care, a familiar phrase Methodist officials stress often.
“The relationship with Mayo Clinic places physician-to-physician collaboration at the pinnacle of providing high-quality, patient- and family-centered care for all of Methodist’s patients,” Ugwueke said. “This is … a collaboration for sharing medical knowledge and Mayo Clinic expertise, while providing tools and resources for our physicians to further enhance patient care.”
Tools and services that come with being a part of the network include eConsults, which will allow Methodist physicians to connect electronically with Mayo specialists and subspecialists when they want additional input on a patient’s care.
Methodist physicians will be able to present and discuss management of complex cancer cases with a panel of Mayo specialists and other network members at eTumor Board Conferences. And AskMayoExpert is a feature that will give Methodist Mayo-vetted information on things like disease management, care guidelines, treatment recommendations and a variety of reference materials.
Methodist providers also will be able to consult with the Mayo Clinic on things like operational and business processes and view archived presentations that feature Mayo physicians and scientists, among other things.