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Mayo Clinic collaboration a win for Methodist patients

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U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Mayo Clinic as the No. 1 hospital in the United States. What does that mean for patients in North Texas? With our collaboration, the answer is more than you might think. 

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Methodist Health System hospitals are part of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, which gives physicians and healthcare providers access to the Mayo Clinic’s expertise and knowledge for complex surgical care and medicine, as well as potentially lifesaving treatments.

Methodist has been an active member since 2014.

“This collaboration has been of great benefit to our patients,” says Martin L. Koonsman, MD, FACS, CPE, chief medical officer, Methodist Health System. “It gives our medical staff access to a second opinion with no additional cost to patients and without them having to go anywhere else.”

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HELP DURING COVID-19

During the pandemic, the Methodist Health System Clinical Research Institute worked with the Mayo Clinic Care Network to research an approach to combat the virus: using convalescent plasma from patients who have recovered from the virus.

Thanks to this collaboration, Methodist patients had easy access to an experimental treatment that has shown potential for some patients with COVID-19. At times, it’s been helpful when nothing else seemed to work, says Karen Roush, MD, vice-chair of pathology for Methodist Health System.

“Some of these patients may end up having convalescent plasma as a last resort,” Dr. Roush says.

Now, nearly every COVID-19 patient who requires hospitalization at Methodist receives convalescent plasma early and often, some with promising returns.

However, at the height of the summer surge, the number of COVID-19 patients outweighed the amount of available plasma. So, healthcare leaders at Methodist quickly sent out requests to employees and former patients who were once diagnosed with COVID-19, to request that they donate plasma for the study. And the results were successful.

“It was a collaborative effort from the Methodist community and Mayo Clinic Care Network during the research,” says Parvez S. Mantry, MD, AGAF, FAASLD, CPE, executive medical director of the Clinical Research Institute. “We have treated hundreds of COVID-19 patients with the convalescent plasma. It’s no surprise that Mayo Clinic is rated the No. 1 hospital in the nation. We look forward to the ongoing relationship with Mayo and helping our community and patients through this collaboration.”

Trina green, cancer survivor, stands smiling at camera with pink flowers in her hands

PEACE OF MIND FOR PATIENTS

Trina Greene remains cancer free after a remarkably difficult jaw surgery at Methodist Richardson Medical Center.

“Without a doubt, this was a risky and complex 14-hour surgery,” says Siavash S. Eftekhari, MD, board-certified head and neck surgeon on the medical staff at Methodist Richardson. “To remove the cancer, she needed almost half of her jaw bone removed, along with all the teeth, soft tissue, gums, and a portion of the floor of the mouth on the right side.”

But Trina’s battle wasn’t over. She and her doctors still had some decisions to make about how to move forward. Her second opinion came from Mayo Clinic.

“I was cancer-free after the surgery, so I decided to skip radiation and chemo,” says Trina. “My doctors supported this, and they even consulted a Mayo Clinic physician through their Mayo Clinic Care Network collaboration. We all agreed that I would have regular checks to monitor any possible relapse.”

 Plasma from recovered patient works for grandmother with COVID-19