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YVMC enters partnership with Mayo Clinic

In a much-heralded affiliation bringing even better medical care to Steamboat Springs, in March 2014, the Yampa Valley Medical Center entered into a new partnership with the Mayo Clinic giving local physicians the ability to consult with the clinic’s specialists across the country.

YVMC is the second Colorado hospital to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network after Aspen Valley Hospital joined in 2013.

“We couldn’t be more proud to have this relationship,” hospital CEO Frank May says. “This elevates our game and lets us offer another level of care.”

The partnership will help local patients receive better quality care and even eliminate having to travel long distances to see certain specialists. Local physicians in the Mayo Clinic Care Network also will have access to AskMayoExpert, an online medical reference tool.

While the partnership will be another tool for physicians, it still will be up to patients and their doctors to decide the best path of care. The cost of the contract would be absorbed in the hospital’s budget, without resulting in any significant price changes for patients to help cover costs of the new partnership.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network was launched in 2011 and now includes 26 hospitals of varying sizes in 12 states as well as Puerto Rico and Mexico. The hospitals undergo a rigorous evaluation in order to qualify for the Mayo Clinic Care Network, with the YVMC affiliation process taking 18 months. Mayo employs more than 4,000 staff physicians and scientists nationwide.

“We’re delighted to be collaborating with the medical center,” Mayo Clinic Vice President Wyatt Decker says. “With all the changes in health care, there’s a fair amount of consolidation of health care organizations, but we decided to take a different path. Our strategy is to share our knowledge to provide higher levels of care to broader groups of people.”

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