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What is the Mayo Clinic Care Network?

The Mayo Clinic Care Network is a unique collaboration that connects Virginia Hospital Center physicians with Mayo Clinic specialists and resources. Our physicians will use electronic communication tools to access the latest Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise. Resources include physician-to-physician consultations, the latest Mayo-vetted medical information for use at the point-of-care and patient education materials. All benefit Virginia Hospital Center patients at no additional cost.

Why did Virginia Hospital Center choose to collaborate with Mayo Clinic?

We chose to collaborate to build on our strong foundation as a nationally recognized leader in evidence-based medicine, patient care excellence and organizational performance. As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, we will share expertise as we continue to transform care delivery and improve the health of our community.

Working with Mayo will help us address the most complex medical cases while continuing to offer patients the highest quality care close to home. Our relationship improves the value of care for our patients who will now have access to Virginia Hospital Center physician expertise and Mayo Clinic resources. More Virginia Hospital Center patients will avoid unnecessary travel and gain peace of mind. This collaboration advances our mission To Be the Best Health System by ensuring that the best just keeps getting better.

Being part of the Network means we can learn from each other. Virginia Hospital Center continues to serve its local community, while leveraging care breakthroughs, research and innovations from the Mayo Clinic. Network members will learn from us as well, as we share our expertise in areas where we excel.

Why did Mayo Clinic chose Virginia Hospital Center to be part of its Network?

We were selected to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network because we passed Mayo Clinic’s rigorous review process that evaluates quality, service and operational criteria. In addition, we’re likeminded, with a common philosophy, commitment and mission to improve the delivery of healthcare through high quality, evidence-based medical treatment. We are proud to be the only hospital in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area to offer patients access to Mayo Clinic expertise locally.

Does this collaboration mean Mayo Clinic will purchase Virginia Hospital Center?

No. This relationship does not signify an acquisition or a merger. Virginia Hospital Center remains an independent and community-based healthcare provider.

What will change?

Virginia Hospital Center physicians will now have access to the latest Mayo Clinic resources to complement their own expertise when diagnosing and treating patients. These resources include:

  • AskMayoExpert, a state-of-the-art, online, medical reference tool that offers our physicians Mayo Clinic-vetted knowledge in disease management, clinical care guidelines, treatment recommendations and education materials at the point of care.

  • eConsults that connect Virginia Hospital Center physicians with Mayo Clinic experts for additional input regarding a patient’s care when they believe it will be helpful.

How will patients benefit?

Virginia Hospital Center is excited to work with Mayo Clinic specialists and clinicians to find new and innovative ways to deliver the best possible healthcare to patients and families in our community. Both Virginia Hospital Center and Mayo Clinic believe that healthcare should always be provided as close to home as possible. Patients will continue to see their trusted providers at Virginia Hospital Center and benefit from physician collaboration when it’s in their best interest, at no extra cost.

Will patients pay more for care and access to this additional expertise?

No. The primary goal of this collaboration through the Mayo Clinic Care Network is to help patients gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise while continuing to receive care from Virginia Hospital Center’s world-class physicians and specialists. In this way, the relationship with Mayo Clinic actually enhances value for patients because they now have access to even more medical resources in the most cost-effective clinical setting close to home.

How Can I Access the Expertise of Mayo Clinic?

It’s simple — all you need is to be under the care of a physician on Virginia Hospital Center’s medical staff.

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About Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to medical research and education, and providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing. For more information, visit Mayo Clinic Website or Mayo Clinic News Network.

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