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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Mayo Clinic Care Network?
The Mayo Clinic Care Network is a unique collaboration that connects NCH physicians to the latest Mayo Clinic expertise and clinical care resources through the use of electronic care reference and communication tools.
Q: Why did Mayo Clinic choose NCH for participation in the Mayo Clinic Care Network?
NCH was selected to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network because we share a common philosophy,
commitment and mission to improve the delivery of healthcare through high quality, data-driven,
evidence-based medical care and treatment. In addition, NCH had to pass a rigorous review process
based on quality, service and operational criteria to be selected for participation.
Q: Why is NCH entering in this partnership?
NCH, in partnership with our medical staff and nurses, has made tremendous progress in
our approach to care based on the latest medical knowledge and best practices from leaders in
health care. This new collaboration will assist us as we continue to seek out the latest research and
treatment recommendations from the experts at Mayo Clinic.
Q: What does this formal collaboration mean for patients?
NCH physicians will have access to the latest Mayo Clinic expertise and clinical care resources to
use when treating our patients. These resources include:
- AskMayoExpert, a state-of-the-art online tool that makes available Mayo Clinic’s knowledgein disease management, clinical care guidelines, treatment recommendations and 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.
Q: Is NCH now an affiliate of Mayo, and could the health system be purchased by Mayo?
This agreement is not an acquisition or merger. Mayo Clinic Care Network members like NCH
remain independent healthcare providers.
Q: Will this agreement mean I will be referred to Mayo Clinic?
No, there is no obligation for referrals to Mayo Clinic. 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.