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Mayo Clinic and NCH Healthcare System Announce Collaboration



August 16th, 2012
Contacts
Mayo Clinic:
Kathy Barbour
904-953-0504 (office)
904-303-9286 (cellphone)
Email: barbour.kathy@mayo.edu

NCH:
Debbie Curry
239-436-5646
Email: debbie.curry@nchmd.org 







For Immediate Release


Mayo Clinic, NCH Healthcare System Announce Collaboration
NCH becomes first member of Mayo Clinic Care Network in the Southeast

Naples, Fla. — Mayo Clinic and NCH Healthcare System officials today announced NCH Healthcare System as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. NCH, based in Naples, is the first member of the network in Florida and the Southeast region of the United States.

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. NCH’s physicians will have access to Mayo Clinic, including the ability to collaborate with Mayo Clinic physicians on patient care, community health and innovative health care delivery.

“We’re excited to formalize our relationship with NCH,” says William C. Rupp, M.D., chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic in Florida. “Collaborating with other medical providers to provide the best possible care for patients has always been part of Mayo Clinic’s culture, and the Mayo Clinic Care Network helps Mayo and community care organizations work closer together, in new ways, to enhance the lives of patients.”

“NCH is honored to be the first hospital in Florida selected to be a Mayo Clinic Care Network member,” says Allen S. Weiss, M.D., president and CEO, NCH Healthcare System. “Sharing a common philosophy, commitment and mission to improve the delivery of health care through the use of best practices and evidence-based medical care and treatment provides a solid foundation for this collaboration.”

The network’s primary goal is to help people gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise close to home, ensuring that patients travel outside the region only when necessary.

“Through the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Mayo Clinic is able to develop broader and stronger relationships with culturally like-minded organizations,” says Stephen Lange, M.D., southeast medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. “By working together, sharing our expertise, more people in more places can benefit from the specialty knowledge and expertise that are hallmarks of Mayo Clinic. We are delighted to welcome NCH as the first Florida location, and we look forward to working with them.”

“As the health care environment in this country continues to change, providers seek meaningful relationships that allow them to best address their patients’ needs while improving the efficiency and effectiveness of care,” says John Noseworthy, M.D., president and CEO of Mayo Clinic. “The Care Network is about advancing longstanding relationships with organizations that share a commitment to improving care and value for our patients. We welcome NCH to the network and look forward to our continued, collaborative commitment to those we serve.”

“We want Floridians to live longer, happier, healthier lives through access to the highest-level knowledge and expertise,” Dr. Weiss adds.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents non-ownership relationships. Members share a goal of improving the delivery of health care in their communities through high-quality, collaborative medical care. Launched last year, the Mayo Clinic Care Network has membership that extends to Arizona, Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire and North Dakota.


About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for
people from all walks of life. For more information, visit www.mayoclinic.org/about/ and www.mayoclinic.org/news.

About NCH Healthcare System
The NCH Healthcare System is one of the most progressive in the country. More than just two hospitals (NCH Downtown Naples Hospital, NCH North Naples Hospital) with 715 beds, the NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of 650 physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and southwest Florida. Not only do we offer advanced comprehensive care, we embrace new, effective ideas in medical care and healing. For more information, visit www.NCHmd.org.