Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pikeville Medical Center joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Pikeville Medical Center President Walter May and Dr. 
Stephen Lange, Mayo Clinic's Southeast medical director

Pikeville Medical Center joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network last week, extending the clinic's knowledge and expertise to PMC staff, which the hospital says will improve health care delivery for 420,000 Appalachians while allowing them to stay close to home.

Some of the resources that will now be available to PMC physicians and providers include its online point-of-care information system and electronic consulting that connects physicians with Mayo Clinic specialists about diagnosis, therapy or care management, says a PMC news release.

“Pikeville Medical Center is honored that we have been asked to become a member of Mayo Clinic Care Network,” says Walter E. May, president and chief executive officer of PMC. “I have admired Mayo Clinic for many years and tried to make Pikeville Medical Center more like the Mayo Clinic. This new agreement will take our hospital to the next level.”

The primary goal of the Mayo Clinic Care Network is to offer Mayo Clinic expertise close to home so that patients only travel when necessary, says the release. The network was launched in 2011 and has member organizations based in Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Puerto Rico and Mexico. See details about specific hospitals in the map below.

“We are pleased to welcome Pikeville Medical Center and its more than 2,000 employees into our Mayo Clinic Care Network family,” says Stephen Lange, M.D., southeast medical director of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. “Our mission is to work collaboratively to improve the quality of health care and value for our patients. We are very excited to work together with Pikeville to find bold and innovative ways to enhance the quality of life for the patients in that region of the country.”

PMC serves 420,000 people and 15 counties in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia, and the hospital is currently undergoing a $150 million expansion.

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