Investing in the people who are literally saving lives at a moment’s notice is incredibly important. Beacon associates and clinical teams prepare for tens of thousands of hours so they are ready when someone needs life-saving care. It’s no small task. It takes time, resources, and yes, money. From a practical standpoint, this means that Beacon Health System aims for a modest operating margin, about half that of many health systems. Earnings from any given year are used to reinvest in clinical talent and equipment for future life-saving care.
At Beacon, we strive to create safe systems of care that prevent any harm to patients. This includes using evidence-based practices proven to improve safety. We are also participating in national and statewide safety initiatives such as the national Hospital Improvement Innovation Network. Reporting is an important tool in our safety efforts. Reporting leads to learning, which leads to improved safety.
Mayo Clinic Care Network
Beacon is the first organization in Indiana to be selected as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. The Mayo Clinic Care Network is a clinical collaboration between Mayo Clinic and independent health care organizations across the globe. Through this network, Beacon doctors have special access to Mayo Clinic knowledge, resources, team of specialists, second opinions and more.
Beacon physicians are able to consult directly with Mayo Clinic specialists on their patients’ behalf, at no extra cost, whenever the physicians feel it will benefit their patients’ care. They also have access to live video conferences that bring Beacon physicians together with a Mayo Clinic multidisciplinary panel and other doctors within the Mayo Clinic Care Network to review and discuss complex cases.
Beacon’s membership in the Mayo Clinic Care Network is truly a game changer. With this unique collaboration, the Beacon Cancer Care team has special access to Mayo Clinic’s world-renowned doctors, resources and expertise. Patients have some of the world’s greatest minds working together to provide the highest quality of care from our trusted local Beacon Cancer Care team, right here at home – close to family, friends and caregivers – all at no additional cost.
Mayo Clinic Care Network members have access to the following:
- AskMayoExpert: An online resource that offers care guidelines, treatment recommendations and educational materials for a wide variety of medical conditions.
- eConsults: Connects Beacon physicians with Mayo Clinic experts electronically when Beacon physicians want additional input regarding a patient’s care.
- eTumor Boards: Live teleconferences allow Beacon physicians to participate in and discuss how to best manage complex cancer cases with teams of Mayo Clinic specialists.