CHRISTUS St. Vincent Joins the Mayo Clinic Care Network
SANTA FE, N.M. — CHRISTUS St. Vincent Health System is the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a select group of independent health systems that work with Mayo Clinic to improve the delivery of health care and better serve their patients and communities.
CHRISTUS St. Vincent is the first health care organization in New Mexico to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Through this new collaboration, CHRISTUS St. Vincent health care providers will have access to Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise, including its research, diagnostic and treatment resources. CHRISTUS St. Vincent patients will receive the benefit from these additional resources within their community. There is no additional cost to patients, and they can avoid unnecessary travel or inconvenience.
"CHRISTUS St. Vincent has become a leader in patient safety and quality of care," says Lillian Montoya, president and CEO, CHRISTUS St. Vincent. "Choosing to work with Mayo Clinic was a natural next step in our journey to always deliver an outstanding patient experience. By extending the clinical reach of our providers, our patients and their families won't have to travel to an unfamiliar place or leave their loved ones behind to get a second opinion from one of the finest names in health care."
Founded in 1865, CHRISTUS St. Vincent was the first organized health care facility in the New Mexico Territory. Today, it is a private, not-for-profit hospital serving more than 300,000 people in seven counties in northern New Mexico. It employs more than 2,400 physicians and associates.
"We are pleased to welcome CHRISTUS St. Vincent to the network," says Keith Cannon, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network's Southwest Region. "CHRISTUS St. Vincent has a long history of improving the health and well-being of its communities through dedicated, high-quality care. We look forward to working with CHRISTUS St. Vincent, collaborating to complement specialty expertise and enhance locally provided care."
Mayo Clinic developed the first integrated, multispecialty group practice more than 150 years ago. It is now the largest nonprofit group practice in the world, serving about 1.3 million patients annually. Mayo Clinic health care providers across medical specialties work together to advance medical knowledge through research and education, and apply that knowledge to patient care.
Mayo Clinic Care Network Access
As a member of Mayo Clinic Care Network, CHRISTUS St. Vincent will have access to:
AskMayoExpert: AskMayoExert is a point-of-care tool that offers concise clinical information on hundreds of medical conditions and includes medical protocols, recommendations for treatment, and medical references. The database can be used wherever health care is provided.
eConsults: eConsults enable Christus St. Vincent physicians to contact Mayo Clinic specialists for second opinions on specific patient cases when they believe additional input will benefit their patients.
eBoards: The live video conferences enable CHRISTUS St. Vincent medical teams to review and discuss complex cases with a Mayo Clinic multidisciplinary panel and other doctors within the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
Health Care Consulting: As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, CHRISTUS St. Vincent can access Mayo's extensive experience, knowledge and subspecialty expertise to attain clinical, operational and business goals. Staff from CHRISTUS St. Vincent also can use patient education materials and access opportunities for professional development and continuous medical education. Mayo Clinic launched the Mayo Clinic Care Network in 2011. It has more than 40 member organizations across the U.S. and in Asia, Mexico and the Middle East.
Q: WHAT IS THE MAYO CLINIC CARE NETWORK?
A: The Mayo Clinic Care Network is a select group of independent health systems carefully vetted by Mayo Clinic and granted special access to Mayo’s knowledge, expertise and resources. As part of the network, CHRISTUS St. Vincent doctors can quickly access Mayo’s latest research, diagnostic and treatment resources whenever they feel it will benefit their patients. Additionally, collaboration with Mayo Clinic will help CHRISTUS St. Vincent achieve its goal to improve the delivery of health care.
Q: WHY DID MAYO CLINIC CHOOSE CHRISTUS ST. VINCENT TO JOIN THE NETWORK?
A: CHRISTUS St. Vincent was selected to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network by demonstrating a commitment to the highest quality, patient-centered care. In addition, CHRISTUS St. Vincent passed Mayo’s comprehensive evaluation process that included an in-depth review of its organization, its clinical and business practices, and its quality, safety and service efforts.
Q: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR CHRISTUS ST. VINCENT DOCTORS AND THEIR PATIENTS?
A: With the ability to access Mayo Clinic’s research, diagnostic and treatment resources, CHRISTUS St. Vincent doctors will be able treat more of their patients close to home. Anytime they want to discuss a treatment plan or request a second opinion, they can consult directly with Mayo Clinic’s specialists, at no additional cost to their patients. This way, CHRISTUS St. Vincent doctors can combine their understanding of their patient’s unique medical needs with Mayo Clinic’s resources to develop the best treatment plan for them.
Q: WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO CHRISTUS ST. VINCENT THROUGH THE MAYO CLINIC CARE NETWORK?
A: Doctors and other care providers can access a range of clinical resources from Mayo Clinic to benefit their patients, their practice and their ongoing professional development:
Q: WILL MAYO CLINIC DOCTORS WORK AT CHRISTUS ST. VINCENT?
A: No. When CHRISTUS St. Vincent doctors want clinical advice or have questions about complex patient care, they can quickly connect with Mayo Clinic specialists to consult with them.
Q: WILL CHRISTUS ST. VINCENT DOCTORS CONTINUE TO TREAT THEIR PATIENTS?
A: Yes. CHRISTUS St. Vincent doctors will continue to treat their patients and oversee their care. They will work with Mayo Clinic’s specialists whenever necessary so that their patients can continue to receive the best care possible close to home.
Q: WILL IT COST PATIENTS MORE WHEN THEIR DOCTOR CONSULTS WITH MAYO CLINIC?
A: No. Through this membership, Mayo Clinic’s expertise and knowledge is shared with CHRISTUS St. Vincent care providers at no additional cost to the patient.
Q: HOW DOES THIS MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT PATIENTS?
A: CHRISTUS St. Vincent patients have special access to Mayo Clinic’s world-leading knowledge and expertise to help their provider confirm or develop the best treatment plan for them. Patients gain additional peace of mind, conveniently and at no additional cost, while staying close to home.
Q: CAN PATIENTS REQUEST A CONSULT OR SECOND OPINION WITH MAYO CLINIC?
A: Typically CHRISTUS St. Vincent doctors will request the consult with Mayo Clinic if it will benefit their patient’s care. If patients are experiencing anxiety about their condition and would like a second opinion, they are advised to talk to their doctor about requesting one. It can be done easily — at no additional cost — and without travel to another location. The doctor and patient can then discuss the best treatment plan.
Q: DOES THIS MEAN THAT PATIENTS WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE REFERRED TO MAYO CLINIC IF THEY NEED MORE COMPLEX CARE?
A: CHRISTUS St. Vincent doctors have access to Mayo Clinic’s research, diagnostic and treatment resources so they can provide more patient care locally, reducing the patient’s need to travel outside the region for care. There is no obligation for doctors to refer patients to Mayo Clinic.
Q: WILL MAYO CLINIC BE CONTACTING CHRISTUS ST. VINCENT PATIENTS?
A: No. The interaction is between the medical professionals of CHRISTUS St. Vincent and Mayo Clinic. Mayo does not see or contact the patient through these services.
Q: IS CHRISTUS ST. VINCENT BEING PURCHASED BY MAYO CLINIC?
A: No. This agreement is not an acquisition or merger. Mayo Clinic Care Network members like CHRISTUS St. Vincent remain community-owned, independent health care providers dedicated to serving the needs of their communities.