The OSF Healthcare system has signed a partnership with the Mayo Clinic. OSF will subscribe to Mayo's Clinic Care Network, an 18 month old initiative by the provider in Rochester, Minnesota. OSF will gain access to Mayo's databases. And OSF Saint Joseph Medical Center Medical Director Paul Pedersen says for some unusual cases a higher level of service is available.
"The patient says, do you think I need to go to Mayo Clinic for that? This happens frequently. And the Doctor says you know what! Let's send this information through e-consult to the Mayo Clinic and see if they agree that this is the most appropriate plan of care for you.>
OSF leaders say they will be able to provide more care locally. Mayo widens its geographic footprint and has a better network for referrals on the truly rare cases in which it specializes. Pedersen says patients in Bloomington and Normal will not be charged any more for access to the Mayor resources. OSF Saint Joseph head Ken Natzke says it's possible the move will lower healthcare costs across the system.
"One of the most exciting things about this collaboration with Mayo is that by working together we will enhance locally provided care in the eastern central Illinois area."
OSF is the first health care provider in downstate Illinois and only the second in the state to join the network. Mayo has sixteen other healthcare providers paying subscription fees to be part of the network.
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