b'HEALTH & WELLNESS: PARTNERSHIPS IN MEDICINEBlount Memorial Hospital and Mayo ClinicFORGE IMPRESSIVE PARTNERSHIPBy Jennie Bounds relationship, we will have the op- Care Network, Blount Memorial has Blount Memorial Hospital portunity to work closely with one ofaccess to:the most-respected and recognizedWorking in partnership with orga- health care systems in the world AskMayoExperta point-of-nizations that share its core values isthe esteemed Mayo Clinic. care tool that offers concise clinical important to Blount Memorial Hospi- Being a member of the Mayoinformation on hundreds of medical tal, whose mission is to improve theClinic Care Network means thatconditions, and it includes medical health and well-being of the entireBlount Memorial is now part of a se- protocols, treatment recommenda-community. lect group of more than 40 indepen- tions and medical references. The On a rainy, late September day indent health systems, both nationallydatabase can be used wherever health care is provided.2019, Blount Memorial CEO Donand internationally, who have beenHeinemann invited members ofvetted by Mayo Clinic. This col- eConsultsThese enable Blount our community to its campus so helaboration brings hospital physicians,Memorial Hospital physicians to con-could make a special announcementleaders and clinicians special accesstact Mayo Clinic specialists for second as the rain stopped and the cloudsto Mayos knowledge, expertise andopinions on specific patient cases broke to reveal some rays of sunshineresourcesall of which ultimatelywhen they believe additional input about a new organization it wasbenefit the health of Blount County.will benefit their patients.beginning to collaborate with for theAll these services are available toeBoardsLive video conferences health care of its community. Blount Memorial patients, at no costenable Blount Memorials medical It is with great honor that I an- to the patient. teams to review and discuss complex nounce that we are now part of theThis is a big deal for our patients,cases with a Mayo Clinic multidisci-Mayo Clinic Care Network, he saidfor our hospital and for Blountplinary panel and other doctors in the to a standing-room only crowd ofCounty, said chief medical officerMayo Clinic Care Network.community leaders, elected officialsand in-house legal counsel Dr. HaroldStaff from Blount Memorial also can and hospital physicians, employ- Naramore. use educational materials designed ees and volunteers. Through thisAs a member of the Mayo Clinicfor patients, and access opportunities www.BlountPartnership.com 45'