September 2012 Edition - Health Matters

Health Matters The latest news on the health and wellness issues that matter most • September 2012

NCH becomes first Mayo Clinic Care Network member in Florida.

Working together...the key to better healthcare.

Mayo Clinic and NCH Healthcare System officials today announced NCH Healthcare System as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. NCH, based in Naples, is the first member of the network in Florida and the Southeast region of the United States. The Mayo Clinic Care Network extends Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients. NCH’s physicians will have access to Mayo Clinic, including the ability to collaborate with Mayo Clinic physicians on patient care, community health and innovative health care delivery. “We’re excited to formalize our relationship with NCH,” says William C. Rupp, M.D., chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic in Florida. “Collaborating with other medical providers to provide the best possible care for patients has always been part of Mayo Clinic’s culture, and the Mayo Clinic Care Network helps Mayo and community care organizations work closer together, in new ways, to enhance the lives of patients.” “NCH is honored

philosophy, commitment and mission to improve the delivery of health care through the use of best practices and evidence-based medical care and treatment provides a solid foundation for this collaboration.” The network’s primary goal is to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise close to home, ensuring that patients travel outside the region only when necessary. “Through the Mayo Clinic Care Network, MayoClinic is able to develop broader and stronger relationships with culturally like- minded organizations,” says Stephen Lange, M.D., southeast medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. “By working together, sharing our expertise, more people in more places can benefit from the specialty knowledge and expertise that are hallmarks of Mayo Clinic. We are delighted to welcome NCH as the first Florida location, and we look forward to working with them.” “We want Floridians to live longer, happier, healthier lives through access to the highest-level knowledge and expertise,” Dr. Weiss adds. The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents non-ownership relationships. Members share a goal of improving the delivery of health care in their communities through high- quality, collaborative medical care. Launched last year, the Mayo Clinic Care Network has membership that extends to Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, NewHampshire and North Dakota.

What does this mean for patients?

NCH physicians will have access to the latest Mayo Clinic expertise and clinical care resources such as: • AskMayoExpert , a state-of-the- art online tool that makes available Mayo Clinic’s knowledge in disease management, clinical care guidelines, treatment recommendations & reference materials for a variety of medical conditions. • eConsults that connect NCH physicians with Mayo Clinic experts when NCH physicians want additional input regarding a patient’s care. The primary goal of the Mayo Clinic Care Network is to help more patients gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise close to home, ensuring they need travel outside the region only when necessary. For information on NCH and the Mayo Clinic Care Network, visit www.NCHmd.org

to be the first hospital in Florida selected to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network member,” says Allen S. Weiss, M.D., president and CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “Sharing a common

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