Sparrow and Mayo Clinic
Sparrow has a unique relationship with Mayo Clinic as Michigan’s first member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network – one of the ways we differentiate ourselves from other cancer centers. This collaboration allows Patients to benefit from the Mayo Clinic Care Network while continuing to receive trusted, expert, convenient care that is close to home.
The Mayo Clinic Care Network is a select group of independent health systems that are granted special access to Mayo Clinic’s extensive knowledge and world-leading medical expertise. Carefully vetted and selected for their commitment to high-quality patient experience, care network members share Mayo Clinic’s goal of providing patients the care they need, close to home, at no additional cost.
When it is helpful to you, Sparrow doctors can work directly with Mayo Clinic specialists, and they can access the latest Mayo Clinic research and clinical trials, along with an expansive bank of knowledge and experience.
Here are specific ways that relationship between Sparrow and Mayo Clinic can provide better cancer care for you:
Sparrow/Mayo Clinic Electronic Consultations
Virtually every day, our teams participate in video conferences with Mayo Physicians to discuss our most complex cases and share expertise, treatment options, and the latest research. Sparrow Physicians have the ability to get a second opinion from a Mayo Clinic specialist. This consultation can take place electronically, within days, and at no additional cost to the Patient. This – and other cancer resources – will enhance your local cancer care at Sparrow.
Coordinated Surgery Pathway
The Coordinated Surgery Pathway is another Patient-focused collaboration between Sparrow and Mayo Clinic that ensures the highest level of care in surgical intervention for cancer.
Our oncologists have regular contact with Mayo Clinic surgeons, and are able to facilitate surgeries at Mayo Clinic for Patients requiring highly specialized surgical procedures. These Patients receive surgery at Mayo Clinic and then return to Michigan for follow-up care. Our collaborative, Patient-centered approach combines the best care with the convenience of a recovery process that takes place close to home.
Precision medicine is about developing cancer treatments based on the unique genetic makeup of your specific cancer. Sparrow can work with molecular testing specialists at Mayo Clinic to identify specific gene mutations. Once those factors have been determined, your Sparrow team can work with genetic specialists at Mayo Clinic and Foundation Medicine to help create an individualized cancer treatment plan.
As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Sparrow has access to industry best practices that have been researched, developed, and vetted by Mayo doctors. This ensures that Sparrow is on the cutting edge of the latest cancer care trends and techniques employed across the nation. Members of the Sparrow team frequently visit Mayo Clinic to align our cancer services to Mayo’s standard while developing relationships with Mayo professionals.
Mayo also contributes to our community by joining Sparrow doctors for presentations to the public. These presentations are designed to educate and inform the public on cancer prevention and screening.
Sparrow joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network as part of its vision for the future. We intend to be a national leader in quality and Patient experience. We have seen incredible results from the relationship and will continue to work with our colleagues at Mayo Clinic to transform care for the people of Mid-Michigan.