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St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Northern Kentucky joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

EDGEWOOD, Ky. (Nov. 14, 2012) — Mayo Clinic today announced St. Elizabeth Healthcare as the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. St. Elizabeth, based in Northern Kentucky, is the first health system in Kentucky, Indiana or Ohio to have passed Mayo’s rigorous review process and been selected as a member of the year-old network.

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.

Founded in 1861, St. Elizabeth Healthcare is one of the region’s oldest and largest medical providers. St. Elizabeth has six facilities throughout Northern Kentucky and serves the Greater Cincinnati area. The organization is sponsored by the Diocese of Covington.

St. Elizabeth physicians will now be able to connect with Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of patient care using an electronic consulting technique called eConsults. St. Elizabeth physicians also will have access to Mayo-vetted medical information through the AskMayoExpert database. These tools, in addition to health care consulting, were developed by Mayo Clinic to help organizations such as St. Elizabeth provide the best care and improve their systems and the health of their communities.

“We are pleased to welcome our colleagues at St. Elizabeth Healthcare into the Mayo Clinic Care Network. St. Elizabeth is well known and recognized for its patient safety and overall quality of care,” said David Hayes, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Care Network. “Collaborating with other medical providers to provide the best possible care for patients has always been part of Mayo’s culture. And through the Mayo Clinic Care Network we can work in new ways with community care organizations to enhance the lives of patients.”

“This collaboration puts the power and expertise of Mayo Clinic in the hands of the physicians at St. Elizabeth, making it easier for patients with the most complex conditions to get the care they need, close to home,” said John S. Dubis, president and CEO, St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

It can become frustrating for patients to be referred to numerous specialists when they have a complex condition or one that is hard to diagnose, said Dr. Ty Brown, a neurologist at St. Elizabeth Healthcare.

“The ability to collaborate with Mayo experts on behalf of my patients will provide solutions in less time and at no added expense to the patient,” he said.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents non-ownership relationships. With Mayo Clinic, members of the network share a commitment to improve the quality and delivery of health care. The primary goal of the Mayo Clinic Care Network is to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise close to home, ensuring that patients need to travel for care only when necessary. The network began in 2011 and also has member organizations in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire and North Dakota.