NorthShore University HealthSystem and the Mayo Clinic today announced that NorthShore has become a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

NorthShore officials said in a news release that the collaboration, the only one of its kind in the Chicago region, formalizes a longstanding relationship between the two institutions and promotes the collaborative efforts of physicians dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of complex medical conditions, including neurological, cancer and cardiovascular cases.

“The future of healthcare will be enhanced via the collaboration of strong partners finding new ways to share expertise to deliver the best outcomes for patients,” said Mark Neaman, president and CEO of NorthShore. “NorthShore is proud to have some of the best and brightest physicians who will combine forces with their Mayo Clinic colleagues to offer patients an unrivaled team of specialists dedicated to their care.”

“Healthcare in America is at a crossroads. Providers are seeking meaningful relationships that allow them to best address their patients’ needs while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of care,” said John H. Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. “This collaboration is about advancing longstanding relationships with organizations like NorthShore, to share a commitment to improving care and value for our patients.”

As part of the agreement, patients at NorthShore’s Neurological Institute, Kellogg Cancer Center and Cardiovascular Center will benefit from exceptional care as leading specialists consult with Mayo Clinic experts on complex diagnosis and treatment plans.

The clinical collaboration will also allow NorthShore physicians to facilitate patient visits to Mayo Clinic when necessary and offer follow-up care and expertise close to home for those patients who refer themselves to Mayo Clinic.

“When faced with a complex and difficult diagnosis, every patient wants and deserves a second opinion,” said Joseph Golbus, M.D., president of the NorthShore Medical Group. “Patients travel from all over the world to consult with Mayo Clinic physicians. Thanks to this new collaboration, our patients will have seamless access to a network of experts from both institutions, without having to travel from home.”

The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents non-ownership 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. Launched last year, Mayo Clinic Care Network has membership that extends to Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire and North Dakota.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Mayo-NS Collaboration

    The best approach to obtaining a second opinion is to go outside your primary institution and see a provider not connected in any way to the providers of the initial diagnosis.  If I had a  diagnosis from NS, I now would not consider getting a second opinion from Mayo.   As for this collaboration: NS is always looking for paying patients, and Mayo attracts those who can pay out of pocket.

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