Collaboration with Mayo Clinic
VHC Health™ is proud to be a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Through the Network, we will work closely with Mayo Clinic, a world leader in healthcare, to provide unique benefits to our patients. VHC Health™ physicians collaborate with Mayo Clinic physicians, giving our patients access to Mayo expertise close to home, at no additional cost.
VHC Health™ was selected to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network following a rigorous review process based on quality, service and operational criteria. This honor is a direct reflection of the exemplary care our physicians and staff provide every day.
Through this collaboration, we will continue to build on our foundation as a leader in evidence-based medicine, patient care excellence and strong organizational performance. We will continue to operate as an independent, community-based healthcare provider while leveraging the latest care breakthroughs, research and innovations of Mayo Clinic. We are the same great Health System we’ve always been, but now we are even better.
How Does It Benefit Me?
As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, VHC Health™ brings the world-renowned expertise and knowledge of Mayo Clinic to our community. Our physicians have access to the latest Mayo Clinic resources to complement their own expertise when diagnosing and treating patients.
Second Opinions at No Cost to Patients
Through eConsults, our physicians connect with Mayo Clinic experts for additional input on a patient’s care when they believe it will be helpful. Getting a second opinion from Mayo Clinic through an eConsult is easy and efficient, and is provided at no additional cost to the patient. The patient’s electronic medical record is transmitted to Mayo Clinic specialists for consultation. Our physicians receive a response within a week.
VHC Health™ physicians have unlimited access to AskMayoExpert, a state-of-the-art, online, medical reference tool of Mayo Clinic-vetted knowledge on disease management, clinical care guidelines, treatment recommendations and patient education materials for use at the point of care.
Care Close to Home
Our physicians and patients gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise in our community, close to home—ensuring that patients need to travel for care only when necessary. In rare circumstances in which a referral for treatment at Mayo Clinic is appropriate, VHC Health™ patients benefit from an expedited referral process.
Frequently Asked Questions
To learn more about the collaboration with Mayo Clinic Care Network, please click on the links below to expand or collapse:
What is the Mayo Clinic Care Network?
The Mayo Clinic Care Network is a unique collaboration that connects Virginia Hospital Center physicians with Mayo Clinic specialists and resources. Our physicians will use electronic communication tools to access the latest Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise. Resources include physician-to-physician consultations, the latest Mayo-vetted medical information for use at the point-of-care and patient education materials. All benefit Virginia Hospital Center patients at no additional cost.
Why did VHC Health™ choose to collaborate with Mayo Clinic?
We chose to collaborate to build on our strong foundation as a nationally recognized leader in evidence-based medicine, patient care excellence and organizational performance. As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, we will share expertise as we continue to transform care delivery and improve the health of our community.
Working with Mayo will help us address the most complex medical cases while continuing to offer patients the highest quality care close to home. Our relationship improves the value of care for our patients who will now have access to Virginia Hospital Center physician expertise and Mayo Clinic resources. More VHC Health™ patients will avoid unnecessary travel and gain peace of mind. This collaboration advances our mission To Be the Best Health System by ensuring that the best just keeps getting better.
Being part of the Network means we can learn from each other. VHC Health™ continues to serve its local community, while leveraging care breakthroughs, research and innovations from the Mayo Clinic. Network members will learn from us as well, as we share our expertise in areas where we excel.
Why did Mayo Clinic chose VHC Health™ to be part of its Network?
We were selected to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network because we passed Mayo Clinic’s rigorous review process that evaluates quality, service and operational criteria. In addition, we’re likeminded, with a common philosophy, commitment and mission to improve the delivery of healthcare through high quality, evidence-based medical treatment. We are proud to be the only hospital in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area to offer patients access to Mayo Clinic expertise locally.
Does this collaboration mean Mayo Clinic will purchase VHC Health™?
No. This relationship does not signify an acquisition or a merger. Virginia Hospital Center remains an independent and community-based healthcare provider.
What will change?
VHC Health™ physicians will now have access to the latest Mayo Clinic resources to complement their own expertise when diagnosing and treating patients. These resources include:
- AskMayoExpert, a state-of-the-art, online, medical reference tool that offers our physicians Mayo Clinic-vetted knowledge in disease management, clinical care guidelines, treatment recommendations and education materials at the point of care.
- eConsults that connect VHC Health™ physicians with Mayo Clinic experts for additional input regarding a patient’s care when they believe it will be helpful.
How will patients benefit?
VHC Health™ is excited to work with Mayo Clinic specialists and clinicians to find new and innovative ways to deliver the best possible healthcare to patients and families in our community. Both VHC Health™ and Mayo Clinic believe that healthcare should always be provided as close to home as possible. Patients will continue to see their trusted providers at VHC Health™ and benefit from physician collaboration when it's in their best interest, at no extra cost.
Will patients pay more for care and access to this additional expertise?
No. The primary goal of this collaboration through the Mayo Clinic Care Network is to help patients gain the benefits of Mayo Clinic expertise while continuing to receive care from VHC Health™'s world-class physicians and specialists. In this way, the relationship with Mayo Clinic actually enhances value for patients because they now have access to even more medical resources in the most cost-effective clinical setting close to home.