Mayo Clinic Care Network adds Illinois-based OSF HealthCare
Illinois-based OSF HealthCare is joining the rapidly growing Mayo Clinic Care Network, Mayo announced Friday.
OSF, the fourth-largest health care provider in Illinois, is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. OSF has 14,000 employees and provides care to more than 3.7 million people in the communities it serves throughout Illinois and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Since Mayo launched the Care Network in 2011, it has grown to include facilities based inArizona, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakotaand Puerto Rico.
It's part of a systemwide effort to expand the reach of Mayo protocols to more patients, closer to their own homes. Mayo administrators have said they want to spread the "Mayo model of care" to millions of patients in the next few years.
OSF HealthCare doctors will now have access to Mayo Clinic specialists on questions of patient care using an electronic consulting technique called eConsults, as well asmedical information through the AskMayoExpert database.
OSF consists of eight medical centers and two colleges of nursing.
OSF Medical Group is a network of health-care facilities, services, physicians and employees in Illinois and Michigan, and itincludes a multispecialty group of more than 600 member physicians and nearly 300 advanced practitioners in more than 90 locations throughout Illinois.
Additionally, OSF HealthCare owns an extensive network of home health and hospice services known as OSF Home Care Services and OSF Saint Francis, Inc., comprised of health care-related businesses, and OSF Healthcare Foundation, the philanthropic arm for OSF Healthcare System and OSF Home Care Services.