On Sept. 19, NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) and Mayo Clinic announced NorthShore as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. “This unique collaboration, the only one of its kind in the Chicago region, will provide NorthShore patients with access to medical resources and experts from both systems working together on their behalf,” said NorthShore in a prepared statement.

 “The future of health care will be enhanced via the collaboration of strong partners finding new ways to share expertise to deliver the best outcomes for patients,” said Mark Neaman, president and CEO of NorthShore. “NorthShore is proud to have some of the best and brightest physicians, who will combine forces with their Mayo Clinic colleagues to offer patients an unrivaled team of specialists dedicated to their care.”

 “When faced with a complex and difficult diagnosis, every patient wants and deserves a second opinion,” said Joseph Golbus, M.D., president of the NorthShore Medical Group. “Patients travel from all over the world to consult with Mayo Clinic physicians. Thanks to this new collaboration, our patients will have seamless access to a network of experts from both institutions, without having to travel from home.”

When necessary, the collaboration will also allow NorthShore physicians to facilitate patient visits to Mayo Clinic and offer follow-up care close to home for those patients who refer themselves to Mayo Clinic.

The Mayo Clinic Care Network represents non-ownership relationships. Launched last year, the Mayo Clinic Care Network has membership that extends to Arizona, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire and North Dakota.

NorthShore, headquartered in Evanston, owns four hospitals in Evanston, Glenview, Highland Park and Skokie.