Now entering its fifth year, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center’s membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network, has benefitted hundreds of OSF patients in the Rockford region.
“This exclusive partnership truly provides the residents of our region access to another level of medical expertise and advanced care they might not be able to receive without leaving the area,” says Paula Carynski, president of OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony. “This enhancement has strengthened the role of OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony as a regional health care destination.”
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. OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony physicians are able to connect directly with Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of patient care using an electronic consulting technique called eConsults. OSF physicians also have access to the latest Mayo-vetted medical information through AskMayoExpert, an online database developed and used by Mayo Clinic physicians. These tools, in addition to health care consulting, help OSF continue to provide the best care for its patients as well as improve its systems and the health of the community and region.
James Girardy, M.D., of OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony, says the Mayo Clinic Care Network collaboration is another strong component to the delivery of patient care. “This allows our physicians to utilize unique tools that effectively link them directly to Mayo Clinic resources and physicians, adding this expertise to benefit patients directly at their OSF point of care,” he says. “Having Mayo clinicians so closely connected expands our team of medical experts and places that world-renowned knowledge and experience at the bedside here in Rockford.”
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.