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Carteret Health joins Mayo Clinic network

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Morehead City’s Carteret Health Care is joining the Mayo Clinic Care Network, the hospital community announced today. Founded in 1967, the 135-bed community hospital serving Eastern North Carolina has 1,042 employees and 326 registered nurses. It is the first facility in the state to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which is a collaboration of  more than 40 member organizations with thousands of physicians working to improve patient outcomes and advance health care.

By joining the network, Carteret Health Care will have access to the Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and resources to combine its understanding with patients’ medical needs with Mayo Clinic’s expertise. Officials say the partnership will improve patient care at no additional cost.

“We are excited to strengthen the clinical care our community patients receive by joining the Mayo Clinic Network,” Dick Brvenik, president and CEO of Carteret Health Care, says. “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.”

The Mayo Clinic is one of the largest not-for-profit academic health systems in the nation, with $12 billion in annual revenues and 63,000 employees, according to the company’s website.

New resources available to Carteret Health Care include:

  • AskMayoExpert – a point-of-care tool that offers clinical information on hundreds of conditions including protocols, treatment recommendations and medical references.
  • eConsults – which enables Carteret physicians to contact Mayo Clinic specialists for second opinions on specific patient cases.
  • eBoards – live video conferences for Carteret’s medical teams to review and discuss cases with a Mayo Clinic panel and other doctors in the Care Network.
  • Health Care Consulting – Carteret Health Care will receive extensive consulting to reach clinical, operational and businesses goals.

Carteret Health Care will also have access to Mayo Clinic’s patient education materials and opportunities for professional development and continuous medical education.

“We are pleased to welcome Carteret Health Care to the Mayo Clinic Care Network,” Ryan Uitti, medical director of the Southeast Region for the Mayo Clinic Care Network says. “Carteret Health Care’s commitment to its community is evident in its high-quality, compassionate and respectful care. We look forward to working closely together.”

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