Saudi German Hospital (SGH) Riyadh has announced that it has joined the Mayo Clinic Care Network in the presence of his Royal Highness Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the governor of Riyadh. Leadership teams from Mayo Clinic and Saudi German Hospitals Group made the announcement at an event held at Saudi German Hospital Riyadh on the 20th of January 2020.
SGH Riyadh is the first hospital in Riyadh, and one of a few select hospitals in the Middle East to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a group of carefully vetted, independent health care systems that have special access to Mayo Clinic's knowledge and expertise.
This relationship enables SGH Riyadh providers to collaborate with Mayo Clinic specialists to discuss and resolve complex medical cases together, at no additional cost to patients. Such a significant collaboration will not only complement SGH Riyadh’s expertise, but it will also further improve its services, medical outcomes and patient experience. SGH Riyadh will also have access to Mayo Clinic’s vast clinical resources, including advances in medical research and clinical trials, which will aid the doctors at SGH Riyadh and ultimately reflect in better results at the patients’ treatment level.
Makarem Sobhi Batterjee, President, Saudi German Hospitals Group, said: “SGH Group is very proud of this milestone, which once again reinforces our commitment to quality patient care. Being part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network is part of our long list of initiatives launched to meet the health needs of the communities we serve. Initiatives such as facility renovations, improvements in patient experience, recruitment of new talent, and now the Mayo Clinic collaboration, to name a few, are a testament to our relentless efforts to be the leading medical institution across the region.”
He added: “Through this clinically meaningful relationship with Mayo Clinic, our patients can enjoy international medical care without having to travel. We are on a mission to improve and redefine the health care standards in the region and to ultimately continue to carry out our organization’s purpose, which is relieving people’s suffering.”
Dr. David Hayes, Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Care Network, said: "We are very pleased to welcome SGH Riyadh to the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Mayo Clinic has a long history of collaborating with other medical providers to provide the best possible care for patients. That is a deeply valued part of our culture. SGH Riyadh shares a similar commitment to provide unparalleled care to its patients and local communities, and we are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration."
Digital tools will be used to support the collaboration of both parties. AskMayoExpert, an online point-of-care tool designed by Mayo Clinic physicians, is one of these digital tools. This clear, concise resource offers disease management, care guidelines, treatment recommendations, and reference materials for a wide variety of medical conditions. eConsults will be utilized as well to connect SGH Riyadh’s doctors with Mayo Clinic experts when the former requires additional inputs regarding a patient’s case. eTumor Boards will support live teleconferences to allow SGH Riyadh’s doctors to participate in and discuss the management of complex cancer cases with the teams of Mayo Clinic specialists and other care network members.
Apart from direct connections between physicians, care network membership also provides a framework for strategic sharing of knowledge and information, including Mayo clinical trials and research; participation in collaborative engagements with Mayo and other member hospitals, conferences, forums and seminars; and use of Mayo Clinic's library of original health and wellness content including more than 2,500 patient-facing documents and videos.
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