Johnson Memorial Health announced Wednesday morning that it is partnering with the Mayo Clinic to gain access to a wider range of outside medical expertise.
The Franklin-based health system said it will be part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, an operation that allows small independent hospitals to tap into the giant health organization’s vast system of specialists and researchers to help solve medical issues.
“We are honored to enter into this collaborative relationship with Mayo Clinic,” said Dr. David Dunkle, president and CEO of Johnson Memorial Health, in written comments. “Our providers will be able to consult directly with the world’s leading medical experts, enhancing the exceptional care we already provide to the people of Johnson County.”
The county-owned system operates Johnson Memorial Hospital as well as numerous primary and immediate care centers, laboratories, and imaging departments.
The announcement comes about two months after two other central Indiana suburban hospital systems, Hancock Health and Hendricks Regional Health, said they had joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network.
Joining the network is a sign that suburban hospitals in central Indiana want to remain independent, even as large health systems continue to expand into their backyards.
Through the network, Johnson Memorial providers will be able to contact Mayo Clinic specialists to review and discuss complex cases. The county-owned system will also have access to Mayo’s database of clinical information on hundreds of medical conditions, along with treatment recommendations.
The Mayo Clinic, based in Rochester, Minnesota, is one of the nation’s largest and highest-ranked medical systems.
Established in 2011, the Mayo Clinic Care Network has more than 45 member organizations in the United States, Asia, India, Mexico and the Middle East.