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Q: What is the Mayo Clinic Care Network?

A: The Mayo Clinic Care Network is a unique collaboration between Mayo Clinic and independent health care organizations. The network connects Pikeville Medical Center providers with Mayo Clinic specialists and clinical resources. Pikeville Medical Center health care providers have access to the latest Mayo Clinic research, knowledge and expertise.

Q: Why did Mayo Clinic choose Pikeville Medical Center for participation in the Mayo Clinic Care Network?

A: Before any health system is invited to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Mayo completes a comprehensive evaluation of that organization. This includes an in-depth review of clinical and business practices as well as quality, safety and service efforts. Mayo Clinic’s review of Pikeville Medical Center highlighted not only the outstanding results the hospital has achieved, but also an important alignment in culture and focus on the patient.

Q: What does this collaboration mean for patients?

A: The collaboration allows Pikeville Medical Center physicians to have access to clinical knowledge, expertise and research from Mayo Clinic. With these resources, Pikeville Medical Center can provide even better care and value — close to home and at no additional cost to patients.

Pikeville physicians have access to the latest Mayo-vetted information, including:

eConsults: eConsults allow Pikeville Medical Center specialists access to Mayo Clinic specialists to connect on patient care. The request, with pertinent medical records, is posted through a confidential portal, and the electronic “consultation” is then scheduled into a Mayo Clinic specialist’s calendar for review and response.

eTumor Boards: eTumor Boards are live video conferences that allow physicians to present and discuss management of complex cancer cases with a Mayo Clinic multidisciplinary team and other members of the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Ask MayoExpert: AskMayoExpert is a best practice resource. Created and used by Mayo Clinic today, it contains the latest Mayo Clinic-vetted information for use at the point of care and provides quick insight on disease management, care guidelines, treatment recommendations and reference materials. All clinical staff, including allied health professionals, have access to this resource.

Mayo Clinic Grand Rounds: Pikeville Medical Center providers have access to Mayo Clinic Grand Rounds — presentations by Mayo Clinic physicians and scientists that share health care successes and challenges and context on the science of health care delivery.

Q: Is Mayo Clinic purchasing Pikeville Medical Center?

A: The agreement between Mayo Clinic and Pikeville Medical Center is a non-ownership, contractual relationship between the two not-for-profit organizations. With this relationship, Pikeville Medical Center continues to be a community-owned, independent healthcare provider dedicated to serving the needs of our community. This is not an acquisition or a merger – it is a clinical collaboration.

Q: Are patients automatically referred to Mayo Clinic?

A: While patients may elect to travel to Mayo Clinic for their care, the goal is for patients to receive their care, close to home, from their trusted Pikeville physicians. If highly complex care, not available locally, is needed, Pikeville Medical Center providers will discuss what options are available so that the patient and doctor can make the best choice for additional care.