Beacon Health System to collaborate with Mayo Clinic Care Network

Published: May. 19, 2016 at 12:01 PM EDT
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Until Thursday morning, Beacon Health System has kept one major announcement under wraps.

For several years, Beacon has been working to team up with a world renowned health care organization.

Now that it's come to fruition, it was announced today Beacon will be collaborating with the

becoming the first hospital system in Indiana to do so.

The partnership will allow experts from both systems to work together and provide the highest level of care to patients.

“I am proud to announce that Beacon Health System is a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network,” said Phil Newbold, CEO, Beacon Health System.

Forming a relationship with the goal to improve health care for people living in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan.

“I think what this will result for the patients here is a better communication, better understanding of their disease processes, and better care for patients,” said Mark Larson, Medical Dir., Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Patients will still see their local providers, but this adds one more layer of excellence to ensure top-notch treatment.

“Many patients, you seek second opinions, or they ask for second opinions. And that requires travel. Three hours, 90 minutes, and sometimes they have to stay over for those second opinions,” said Dr. Thomas Reid, Medical Dir., Memorial Regional Cancer Center.

Through online e-consults with the Mayo Clinic, this will provide a fast exchange of knowledge, keeping patients at home and giving them peace of mind.

For example…“I have a 27-year-old. A 27 year old with advanced pancreas cancer. We submitted an e-consult to the mayo Clinic,” said Reid.

From the time it was submitted to the time a response was received...”including review of the pathology specimens, it was two days,” said Reid.

Coming at no extra cost to patients or physicians.

“It’s peace of mind for the doctors because it's peace of mind for the patients,” said Reid.

“It’s a big deal. It’s a big deal for patients who need advanced care. Mayo is an internationally renowned name,” said Lori Turner, Chief Marketing Officer, Beacon health System.

Beacon Health System went through an extensive six-month review conducted by the Mayo Clinic Care Network before the partnership was established.

Beacon’s quality and dedication to its mission were analyzed to determine that this would be a good fit.

Beacon Health System is now a subscriber to the Mayo Clinic, which includes an annual fee. That cost is not being disclosed by Beacon Health System.

The important thing to remember is this won't change anyone's providers or doctor fees, but it will give your physicians extra resources.

Beacon Health System is the nonprofit parent organization of Elkhart General Hospital and Memorial Hospital of South Bend. Newbold made the announcement during the Beacon Health Systems Leadership Connection Day lunch banquet.


From a Beacon Health System media release:

Beacon Health System and Mayo Clinic announced today that Beacon has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a network of health care providers committed to serving patients and their families through collaboration.

Beacon is the first health care organization in Indiana to join the network. The formal agreement gives Beacon access to the latest Mayo Clinic knowledge and promotes collaboration among physicians to benefit patients. Through these shared resources, more patients can get answers to complex medical questions — and peace of mind —while staying close to home.

“We believe our patients in this community get great care; however, there are times when even the best physicians and nurses need additional resources and clinical expertise,” says Kreg Gruber, chief operating officer, Beacon Health System. “This collaboration with Mayo Clinic provides our local physician and clinical providers with world-class knowledge and support. We are excited to help bring this resource to northern Indiana and southwest Michigan.”

As a member of the network, Beacon will work with Mayo to share medical knowledge in ways that will enhance patient care. Network products and services include:

• eConsults that enable Beacon physicians to connect electronically with Mayo specialists when they want additional input on a patient’s care

• AskMayoExpert database that offers medical professionals point-of-care, Mayo-vetted information on disease management, care guidelines, treatment recommendations and reference materials for medical conditions

• Health care consulting that enables Beacon to learn more about Mayo’s clinical, operational and business models, including their design and implementation

• eTumor Board conferences that enable Beacon physicians to present and discuss management of complex cancer cases with a multidisciplinary panel of Mayo specialists and other network members

Beacon providers also have access to Mayo’s extensive library of patient education materials, and can view archived Mayo Clinic grand rounds presentations that feature Mayo physicians and scientists.

“We are pleased to welcome Beacon Health to the Mayo Clinic Care Network,” says Mark Larson M.D., medical director, Midwest region, Mayo Clinic Care Network. “As we’ve learned more about each other over the past year, it is clear that patient-centered care is at the heart of our collaboration. We look forward to working toward our shared goal of improving the delivery of health care for patients.”

Beacon Health was formed in 2011 by the merger of Memorial Hospital of South Bend and Elkhart General Hospital. Beacon Health is the largest locally owned and operated health care system in north central Indiana, with nearly 1,000 physicians and more than 6,000 team members and volunteers.

Beacon and other members of the Mayo Clinic Care Network remain independent, but share Mayo’s commitment to improve the quality and delivery of health care. Launched in 2011, the Mayo Clinic Care Network has more than 35 member organizations in the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico and Singapore.