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About The Collaboration –
A Conversation with David Hayes, MD

We understand the Network was started because Mayo Clinic wanted to work with those who saw collaboration as the way to better meet patients’ needs. What will this partnership bring to Virginia Hospital Center patients?

At a time when healthcare mergers and acquisitions are increasing care fragmentation, our strategy is all about care integration. We work with organizations that are similar to us and extend Mayo Clinic expertise when it will be useful and desirable for the requesting clinician. This allows patients to receive treatment in their home community, in a regional facility, but have the benefit of a second opinion or additional medical expertise when their local provider deems it necessary. We are focused on the needs of the patient, which leads to more integrated, coordinated care.

It’s important to note, as well, that this is an arrangement between organizations; a way to improve clinical care and keep people closer to home. There are no charges passed on to the patient.

Mayo Clinic is always expanding the depth and breadth of medical knowledge through research, proven protocols and medical data libraries. What specific areas are you focused on right now?

There are several key areas of focus:

  • Regenerative Medicine
    This is a game-changing area of medicine with the potential to fully heal damaged tissues and organs, offering solutions and hope for people who have conditions that today are beyond repair. Our Center for Regenerative Medicine is engaged in translational research to turn promising laboratory discoveries into proven treatments and make them available to patients effectively and efficiently.
  • Individualized Medicine
    Individualized medicine, which many people call genomics. At our Center for Individualized Medicine, researchers look for clues for specific treatments that will help specific patients. Right now, much of the activity is focused on cancer. We study a patient’s genetic code to come up with personalized medical applications that may help where traditional therapies have failed.

What stood out to you and your team about Virginia Hospital Center?

Culturally and philosophically, our organizations are very similar. In particular, we were struck by the excellent quality and safety your Health System has achieved.

We look forward to a close working relationship. Collaboration enables us to share knowledge that produces better care for patients. For example, when doctors believe it will be helpful to their patients, they can request an eConsult from a Mayo Clinic specialist who will then review pertinent medical information and provide a formal response within a few days. The additional input often provides peace of mind, and may save a patient unnecessary travel and expense.

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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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James B. Cole
“This collaboration advances our mission To Be the Best Health System by ensuring that the best keeps getting better. We believe the result will be enhanced care, even greater peace of mind, and better value for patients and their families.”
James B. Cole, President and Chief Executive Officer, Virginia Hospital Center.

John R. Garrett, MD, FACS
“Virginia Hospital Center and Mayo Clinic share an important value: We put the needs of our patients first. With that focus, we look forward to an exciting future as we work together to transform healthcare in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.”
John R. Garrett, MD, FACS, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Virginia Hospital Center.

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