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May 17, 2013

Mexican hospital joins Mayo Clinic's network

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    Medica Sur in Mexico City has become the first international hospital to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network (MCCN), which is now comprised of 16 hospitals and one cancer center that bear the Rochester-based organization's brand.

    Background on the network

    In September 2011, Mayo moved to expand its impact on the industry by launching the MCCN. Through the new network, the clinic began to affiliate with hospitals that it does not own, a key distinction from the pre-existing Mayo Clinic Health System.

    Organizations that join the network pay a subscription to access Mayo Clinic's research and expertise and use the organization's brand. According to David Hayes, MCCN's medical director, the network will help Mayo Clinic "to have more of a reach and…structured links to a broader group of hospitals and medical centers throughout the country."

    Altru Health System in Grand Forks, N.D., was the first hospital to join MCCN. Since then, 15 other hospitals—including Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the Billings Clinic, and NorthShore University HealthSystem—have joined. Coborn Cancer Center in March 2012 became the first organization to join Mayo's Cancer Care Network.

    The first international member

    In a press release, Mayo said that Medica Sur had passed its "rigorous review process" to join the network.

    "Like Mayo Clinic, Medica Sur's sole commitment is to their patients, and we look forward to being part of their efforts to provide care to patients not only in Mexico City, but throughout the region," says Hayes.

    Robert Ferrigni—medical director of the Mayo Clinic International Office in Arizona—told the Phoenix Business Journal, "Mayo's history and bond with Mexico runs deep." He added, "For years we've collaborated with some of the country's pre-eminent doctors in caring for patients. This is one more way we can work with Mexico's distinguished medical professionals to meet the health care needs of the Mexican people" (Gonzales, Phoenix Business Journal, 5/16; Hansel, Rochester Post-Bulletin, 5/16; Mayo release, 5/14; Mayo fact sheet, accessed 5/17).

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