Stormont-Vail Joins Forces With One Of World's Best Hospitals

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A new partnership brings the expertise of more than 4,000 medical experts to patients in Topeka.

Mayo Clinic officials visited Stormont-Vail HealthCare Tuesday to announce Stormont is now a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Stormont becomes the 27th facility in the world and the first in Kansas to join the network.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network is a collaboration aimed at better serving patients. It gives doctors and specialists at Stormont the ability to consult physicians at Mayo Clinic electronically with questions on diagnosis, therapy or care management. They can access the information either through the AskMayoExpert database or through eConsults with Mayo physicians. Patients then are more likely to be able to receive their care right at home.

“Stormont-Vail HealthCare is committed to being a national leader in health care through collaboration and innovation,” Randy Peterson, president and CEO, Stormont-Vail HealthCare, said. “Working with Mayo Clinic through the Mayo Clinic Care Network offers our physicians yet another resource to help them provide the kind of innovative care that our patients have come to expect from us.”

The process to become a member took nearly a year, with Mayo Clinic staff reviewing Stormont's credentials, such as accredited programs and professional memberships, and conducting on-site visits.

“We have known and respected our colleagues at Stormont-Vail for many years, and we are excited to strengthen and grow our collaboration through the Mayo Clinic Care Network,” David Hayes, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic Care Network, said. “The network is about delivering the right care, at the right place, at the right time. And we believe that by working together more patients will be able to stay closer to home for care.”

The consultations between Stormont physicians and Mayo staff would be at no extra cost to patients.

St. Francis Health Center CEO Robert Erickson issued a statement congratulating his colleagues down the street. He says many Topeka physicians practice at both hospitals, so any access to additional resources improves care the community.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network was launched in 2011. In addition to Stormont, other members are in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota and Wisconsin, as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Mayo Clinic is based in Rochester, Minnesota.