b'for professional development and continuous medical education.This collaboration with Mayo Clinic allows our orga-nizations physicians to work together to benefit patients and keep their health care local, Naramore said. By do-ing this and connecting our physicians when appropriate, more patients will avoid unnecessary travel. They also can get additional peace of mind in those situations where they may have a unique disease process or just need a second opinion and confirmation that their treatment plan is aligned with the treatment plans of a world-class health care organization.In the initial months of the collaboration, hospital lead-ership noted that the AskMayoExpert tool was being uti-lized as expected, and that multiple eConsults had been used to support the care of Blount Memorial patients. In some of those cases, the eConsults have helped patients avoid having to be transferred to a larger, out-of-area health system.When Mayo Clinic reached out to us to determine our interest in the Mayo Clinic Care Network and as we learned more about the opportunities with the Network, we realized that our organizations have very similar val-ues, Heinemann said. We decided this was something that our clinicians,Feel at home, engaged, and readypatients and community would benefit from, and weve been rightour patients and our community are the win- for the future in our continuingners in this collaboration. care retirement community.Residential Living OptionsWellness Center & BistroAssisted Living ApartmentsAll-Inclusive PricingHealthcare CenterRehabilitation & Memory CareCall for an information packet.Mayo Clinic Care Network Medical Director of the Southeast Region865.238.8301Dr. Ryan Uitti, center, presents the network member crystal to Blount Memorial Hospital CEO Don Heinemann, left, while Dr. Harold Nara- 2648 Sevierville Roadmore, Blount Memorial Hospitals chief medical officer, observes. Maryville, TN37804www.AsburyPlace.org46 Basically Blount 2021'