Methodist and Mayo Clinic Mark Three-Year Anniversary

Dallas-based Methodist Health System and Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Mayo Clinic have marked the third anniversary of their partnership. Methodist is the 31st system to partner with Mayo Clinic. So far, the partnership has worked on 600 projects aiming to benefit quality patient care.

The partnership has undertaken multiple initiatives including sepsis protocols, Methodist patient online consultations with Mayo physicians, and the creation of “project deployment office” and an improvement academy.

For example, changes in sepsis protocols, a blood poisoning infection, enacted by Methodist and Mayo clinic have reportedly saved more than 170 lives. The changes include providing onsite visits, promoting physician-to-physician engagement, and exchanging information about sepsis to provide more transparency about the infection. Additionally, the creation of a project deployment office and improvement academy have benefited North Texas patients. The project deployment office helps facilitate patients’ improvement projects.

Other projects the partners have worked on, and will continue to do so in the next year, include the creation of a quality subcommittee, structural heart project, development of a simulation lab, and launching a collaborative safety learning system.

Methodist told D CEO Healthcare that having accessibility to Mayo Clinic experts “at our fingertips” is invaluable. A Methodist spokesperson said the willingness to share best practices and be transparent about Mayo Clinic’s own learning has “helped to solidify the relationship and created a mutual trust between Methodist and Mayo.”

Stephen Mansfield, CEO of Methodist, told D CEO Healthcare in a statement: “Our objective is for Methodist to not only have a regional profile, but a national profile, and that is facilitated through our relationship with Mayo. This collaboration has made a great health system that’s been here for 90 years even greater, and likewise that’s what Mayo is trying to do as well through their network.”

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