St. Alexius Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

St. Alexius Joins Mayo Clinic Care NetworkOn Monday, October 8, 2012, St. Alexius Medical Center became the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.  First launched in 2011, the network represents a group of healthcare organizations who share a commitment to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare. 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.

Since 1885, St. Alexius has been dedicated to serving the residents of central and western North Dakota, northern South Dakota and eastern Montana.  Through this new collaboration we are building a meaningful relationship that will enhance our service to patients and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of care.  A singular focus on the needs of patients and teamwork are the essence of what distinguishes Mayo Clinic.  Those values are at the core of the relationships created by the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and St. Alexius is proud to be part of a growing network that seeks to ensure an effective healthcare system that's economically sustainable and based on the best possible patient outcomes.

To be accepted as a member of the prestigious Mayo Clinic Care Network, St. Alexius had to pass a rigorous review process based on quality, service and operational criteria.  However, it was worth the time and effort as this honor directly reflects the teamwork of all our caregivers, our loyalty to St. Alexius’ mission, and our dedication to providing quality, compassionate care to every patient, every time. This agreement is not an acquisition or merger. Mayo Clinic Care Network members like St. Alexius remain community-owned independent healthcare providers.

This announcement was yet another example of St. Alexius’s determination to seeking new ways to partner with recognized quality leaders in pursuit of our vision of being a leader in quality and the patient experience; membership in this network will assist us in developing shared clinical guidelines to provide the highest quality of care for patients; and ensure that quality care is always delivered in the most appropriate clinical setting and as close to the patient’s home as possible.

According to Gary P. Miller, president and CEO of St. Alexius, our membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network will serve to further enhance the level of clinical expertise that our physicians and their patients have access to.  “We are proud to be recognized for our long heritage of healing and quality and to be accepted as a member of the growing Mayo Clinic Care Network.”

“Mayo Clinic and St. Alexius are committed to improve the delivery of health care through high-quality, data-driven, evidence-based medical care and treatment,” says 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.

As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, St. Alexius’ physicians will now be able to connect with Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of patient care using an electronic consulting technique called eConsults. St. Alexius physicians will also have access to Mayo-vetted medical information through the AskMayoExpert database. These tools, in addition to healthcare consulting, will help St. Alexius provide the best care for its patients as well as improve its systems and the health of the community.

“This is a great day for our providers, but more importantly for health care consumers in our region,” says Shiraz Hyder, M.D., vice president of medical affairs, St. Alexius Medical Center. “Now our providers will be able to tap into the expert resources available at Mayo Clinic, which means even the more complex patients have the opportunity to be treated here at home in consultation with Mayo’s experts.”

St. Alexis Medical Center extends the presence of the Mayo Clinic Care Network in North Dakota. The network also has member organizations in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and New Hampshire. Click for more information.