• St. Elizabeth Healthcare Joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

EDGEWOOD, Ky. — Mayo Clinic today announced St. Elizabeth Healthcare as the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. St. Elizabeth, based in the Greater Cincinnati area, is the first health system in Kentucky, Indiana or Ohio to have passed Mayo's rigorous review process and been selected as a member of the year-old network. The Mayo Clinic Care Network extends Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise to physicians and providers interested in working together in the best interest of their patients.

St. Elizabeth physicians will now be able to connect with Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of patient care using an electronic consulting technique called eConsults. St. Elizabeth physicians also will have access to Mayo-vetted medical information through the AskMayoExpert database. These tools, in addition to health care consulting, were developed by Mayo Clinic to help organizations such as
St. Elizabeth provide the best care and improve their systems and the health of their communities.

"We are pleased to welcome our colleagues at St. Elizabeth Healthcare into the Mayo Clinic Care Network. St. Elizabeth is well known and recognized for its patient safety and overall quality of care," says David Hayes, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Care Network. "Collaborating with other medical providers to provide the best possible care for patients has always been part of Mayo's culture. And through the Mayo Clinic Care Network we can work in new ways with community care organizations to enhance the lives of patients."

"We are honored to be selected as the exclusive member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network in Greater Cincinnati," says John S. Dubis, president and CEO, St. Elizabeth Healthcare. "This collaboration puts the power and expertise of Mayo Clinic in the hands of the physicians at St. Elizabeth, making it easier for patients with the most complex conditions to get the care they need, close to home."

"It can become frustrating for patients to be referred to numerous specialists when they have a complex condition or one that is hard to diagnose," says Ty Brown, M.D., a neurologist at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. "The ability to collaborate with Mayo experts on behalf of my patients will provide solutions in less time and at no added expense to the patient."

Founded in 1861, St. Elizabeth Healthcare is one of the region's oldest and largest medical providers. St. Elizabeth has six facilities throughout northern Kentucky and serves the Greater Cincinnati area. The organization is sponsored by the Diocese of Covington.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents non-ownership relationships. With Mayo Clinic, members of the network share a commitment to improve the quality and delivery of health care. The primary goal of the Mayo Clinic Care Network is to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise close to home, ensuring that patients need to travel for care only when necessary. The network began in 2011 and also has member organizations in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire and North Dakota.

About St. Elizabeth Healthcare

St. Elizabeth Healthcare operates six facilities throughout Northern Kentucky — St. Elizabeth Covington, St. Elizabeth Edgewood, St. Elizabeth Falmouth, St. Elizabeth Florence, St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas and St. Elizabeth Grant. It also has vast resources to serve the Greater Cincinnati area, including almost 1,200 licensed beds, a physician organization which includes more than 60 primary care and specialty office locations, more than 1,200 physicians with admitting privileges, more than 7,300 associates including St. Elizabeth Physicians, and three freestanding imaging centers. St. Elizabeth Healthcare is sponsored by the Diocese of Covington and provided more than $83 million in uncompensated care and benefit to the community in 2010.

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

Sandra Sims, 859-301-6304 (days), sandra.sims@stelizabeth.com

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