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    Heartland Health Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

ROCHESTER, Minn. — May 23, 2012.   Mayo Clinic today announced Heartland Health, based in St. Joseph, MO., is joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The network extends Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients. Heartland Health's physicians will have Mayo Clinic expertise at their fingertips, including the ability to connect with Mayo Clinic physicians, who can help them care for their patients and improve their systems and the health of their communities.

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"We're pleased to formalize our collaborative relationship with Heartland Health," says David Hayes, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. "Mayo Clinic has long enjoyed close working relationships with hospitals, group practices and providers around the world. By developing formal connections with high-quality, culturally aligned practices such as Heartland Health, the Mayo Clinic Care Network takes these natural collaborations even further."

"Heartland's relationship with Mayo Clinic is based on cooperation and collaboration to improve the health of the people in our region," says Mark Laney, M.D., president and CEO of Heartland Health. "We have been collaborating with Mayo for the past few years using telestroke in our emergency department. This is an exciting next step in our relationship with Mayo Clinic. We are proud to ensure our patients have access to the highest-level knowledge and expertise."

Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Care Network members share a common philosophy, commitment and mission to improve the delivery of health care. While some patients will still need to travel to a specialty care facility, the primary goal of Mayo Clinic Care Network is to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise close to home.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents nonownership relationships. Members are like-minded organizations that share a goal of improving the delivery of health care in their communities through high-quality, collaborative medical care.


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Media Contacts:

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

Sherri Lowrey-Schrandt, 507-284-5005 (days), newsbureau@mayo.edu

Heartland Health, Marcy George, 816-271-7021, 816-262-8948, marcy.george@heartlandhealth.com