Carteret Health Care (CHC) in Morehead City, formerly Carteret General Hospital, has become the first facility in the state to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network, an arm of the world-renowned, non-profit Mayo Clinic of Minnesota.
The partnership will extend the level of care available to patients, CHC President and CEO Dick Brvenik said in a news release Thursday.
“Through this agreement, Carteret Health Care will gain access to the latest medical knowledge and expertise directly from Mayo Clinic, which ranked No. 1 in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report. This means our local physicians will have answers to complex medical questions right here while allowing patients to heal and stay close to home.”
Care Network membership gives CHC providers access to Mayo Clinic specialists and a database of clinical information on hundreds of medical conditions. The network also offers operational and business guidance to member facilities.
The Thursday news release stated that there will be no additional cost patients. However, Care Network membership is not cost-free.
Potential member facilities have to undergo a rigorous admissions process, including site visits from Mayo Clinic leaders and reviews of patient safety, quality of service and business practices, before being accepted into the Care Network.
Once approved, new member facilities pay an annual fee to use Mayo’s services and must re-up their contracts yearly.
The Beacon is awaiting comment from CHC about its contractual agreement with Mayo, how the facility will pay for Care Network services, and which services attending physicians believe will benefit patients most.
The Mayo Clinic Care Network has more than 40 member organizations across the United States and in Asia, Mexico, and the Middle East.