Mayo Clinic expands cardiology services in Northfield

           Mayo Clinic has expanded its cardiovascular care in Northfield with the establishment of a Mayo Clinic Heart Clinic on the Northfield Hospital campus.

Mayo Clinic cardiologists are now available to patients every day of the week either through on-site visits from cardiologists or through telemedicine, a remote audio and video connection between a patient at the local clinic and a Mayo Clinic-based cardiologist.

“Through outreach programs like this relationship with Northfield Hospital & Clinics, patients are able to access Mayo Clinic care closer to home, saving on travel expense and time, while receiving high-quality care from their primary physician and Mayo Clinic staff,” says R. Scott Wright, M.D., director of outreach for Mayo’s Department of Medicine.

The service is designed for established Mayo Clinic patients or first-time patients who are seeking a second opinion, or for those referred by local physicians for diagnosis or treatment of a complex cardiac condition. A patient returns to his or her primary care provider for follow-up care, which is closely coordinated with the Mayo Clinic cardiologist as necessary.

Mayo Clinic cardiologists have been traveling to Northfield from Rochester since 2008. With the expansion of the cardiac outreach service, Mayo Clinic designated the site a heart clinic and adopted the name Mayo Clinic Heart Clinic in March. 2010.

 Mark Henke, president and CEO of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, said expanded cardiology services in Northfield will be a benefit to patients.

“This will provide greater access and more convenient access for patients who need this type of care,” Henke said. “The use of telemedicine is an efficient, less costly method of delivering care, and it holds great promise for more applications down the road.”

Patients will be able to make an appointment directly through FamilyHealth or be referred by their primary physician. Mayo Clinic cardiologists are committed to working closely with a patient’s primary provider for close coordination of care. Patients with problems such as cardiac rhythm disorders or other complications may benefit from further evaluation and management at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.