• CentraCare’s Coborn Cancer Center Becomes First Member of Mayo Clinic Cancer Care Network

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Mayo Clinic today announced that CentraCare's Coborn Cancer Center will be the first member of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Care Network. The Coborn Cancer Center is the first cancer-specific member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The agreement formalizes a long-standing relationship between the two organizations. Coborn Cancer Center physicians will benefit from enhanced access to Mayo physicians and clinical resources, which in turn will benefit local patients and their families.

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Mayo Clinic Cancer Care Network membership is based on a rigorous set of patient care and quality data. Network members have access to several unique Mayo services and tools, such as:

  • AskMayoExpert, a state-of-the-art resource that provides access to Mayo Clinic's evidence-based disease management protocols, clinical care guidelines, treatment recommendations and reference materials for a variety of medical conditions
  • eConsults, which give member physicians the ability to connect with a Mayo expert to get input on specific questions as they care for their patients
  • Administrative consulting that supports clinical practice models and the unique needs of Coborn Cancer Center patients

"We are proud to formalize our ongoing relationship with our colleagues at CentraCare's Coborn Cancer Center," says David Hayes, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which was launched last year. "This relationship brings together two like-minded organizations that share a goal of improving the delivery of health care through high-quality, collaborative medical care."

"CentraCare Health System is proud to work with Mayo Clinic to ensure an even stronger cancer program for the patients we serve," says Terence Pladson, M.D., president and CEO, CentraCare Health System.

"We look forward to developing strong relationships with CentraCare physicians who care for cancer patients," says Jan Buckner, M.D., chairman of Mayo Clinic's Division of Medical Oncology. "This relationship will build upon our long-standing collaborations in conducting clinical trials as well as frequent informal patient consultations."

"As a physician who trained at Mayo, I am excited that the Mayo Clinic Cancer Care Network will give me and my Coborn Cancer Center colleagues access to resources that can mean additional peace of mind for our patients," says Donald Jurgens, M.D., medical oncologist, Coborn Cancer Center.

Nearly 20,000 new cancer patients are seen every year at Mayo Clinic, one of the largest cancer treatment facilities in the nation. Internationally recognized physicians and scientists collaborate across the spectrum of cancer research — including basic, translational, clinical and population sciences — seeking ways to lessen the burden of cancer on society.

While some patients will still need to travel to Mayo Clinic, or another provider, for specialty care that isn't available in their community, sharing medical expertise through the Mayo Clinic Cancer Care Network will help patients stay close to home for care whenever possible.

The relationship is not an acquisition or merger. Coborn Cancer Center will remain an independent, community-based cancer program.

About CentraCare Coborn Cancer Center

Coborn Cancer Center provides comprehensive, multidisciplinary care and an extensive range of treatment options to support cancer patients and their families. The American College of Surgeons has designated the Coborn Cancer Center as a certified comprehensive community cancer program. Coborn Cancer Center philosophy of care is holistic, combining high-tech services with a strong patient-family care model. For more information or referral, call 320-229-4907 or visit online.

Media Contact: Bryan Anderson, 507-284-5005 (days), newsbureau@mayo.edu

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