It's a partnership that will enhance patient care.
That's how the relationship that was announced today between Trinity Health and the Mayo Clinic will change healthcare in the region, according to hospital officials from both groups.
At a press conference today Trinity CEO John Kutch announced that after a year of work, Trinity has become the 20th hospital to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
It means doctors at Trinity now have the ability to communicate directly with physicians in Rochester, Minnesota -- helping to deliver better care for patients in Minot.
Trinity joins Altru in Grand Forks and St. Alexius in Bismarck as members of the group in North Dakota that Kutch says will greatly benefit patients in the region.
(John Kutch - Trinity Health CEO) "As members of the Mayo Clinic Network, Trinity providers will have access to collaborate with Mayo specialists, have access to the latest Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise, and be able to ensure that patients travel out of the area for care only when necessary." (David L. Hayes, MD - Mayo Clinic Care Network Director) "If there is a patient at Trinity and the physician at Trinity says I would like some additional input or, I haven't seen this before...I wonder if someone has other information to share, we can do that electronically. By doing that a lot of the time the patient can stay home. They don't have to travel."
Not only that -- but the input back from Mayo physicians comes in about two days...not weeks as can be the case with more traditional communication.
Officials were upbeat about the announcement today -- touting it as a step forward for healthcare in the region.
(Dr. Kenneth Keller - Trinity Health) "Trinity Health is getting better and the care that they provide is getting better and this is a huge step along that way. That is what this is all about. It is all directed toward better patient care."
This new partnership is up and running now, and comes at no extra cost to patients, so a bill from Mayo will never be seen by patients who benefit from this new relationship.