Kootenai Health joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Kootenai Health has become a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which gives the Coeur d’Alene-based hospital access to doctors and other services from the renowned health care provider.

The ability of doctors in Idaho to consult with specialists at the Mayo Clinic could mean patients won’t have to travel out of the area to receive the best care, Kooteni Health officials said at a news conference Tuesday.

“Our two organizations share the same commitment that health care should be provided close to home whenever possible,” said Jon Ness, Kootenai Health CEO.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network provides electronic consults with clinic specialists; access to information compiled by Mayo doctors on disease management and treatment recommendations; and an electronic forum to discuss management of complex cancer cases, according to a news release.

The network, launched in 2011, now includes 30 member hospitals and clinics. The Mayo Clinic was founded in Rochester, Minnesota, and now has additional locations in Arizona and Florida.

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