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In 2014 Kootenai Health became the 30th member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of like-minded organizations that share a commitment to better serving patients and their families.

The network, which began in 2011, includes organizations across the nation that are interested in working with Mayo Clinic to improve health care delivery by sharing knowledge and promoting collaboration between physicians.

As part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Kootenai Health physicians now have access to Mayo Clinic’s knowledge and expertise when these additional resources will be helpful, allowing many patients to avoid unnecessary travel for answers to complex medical questions. Mayo Clinic Care Network members have a close working relationship with Mayo Clinic and access to tools and services that promote collaboration and serve to complement provider expertise, including:  

  • eConsults to allow network physicians to connect electronically with Mayo Clinic specialists when they want additional input regarding a patient’s care. 
  • AskMayoExpert to provide point-of-care information compiled by Mayo physicians on disease management, care guidelines, treatment recommendations and reference materials for a wide variety of medical conditions. 
  • eTumor Board Conferences to allow physicians to present and discuss management of complex cancer cases with a Mayo Clinic multidisciplinary panel and other members of the network. 

Kootenai Health is the first health care organization in the Pacific Northwest to be selected as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, and, like all network members, will remain a locally-owned and independent health care provider.

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 For questions about receiving care through the network, contact Casey Meza at (208) 625-4008.