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Unity Point Health in Cedar Rapids joins Mayo Clinic network

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Iowans now have better access to some top doctors.

On Thursday, UnityPoint Health in Cedar Rapids announced it's the first health care organization in the state to join the Mayo Clinic Care Network.

Doctors in Iowa can now use technology to consult Mayo Clinic specialists.

Officials with St. Luke's Hospital say it's particularly helpful when a patient has a rare diagnosis.

"We have great physicians in out community and we have great referral options and consultations," said Ted Townsend, UnityPoint Health Cedar Rapids President and CEO. "They want us to use all of those that we've historically used but they're saying if you reach a situation where you'd like an additional option, they want to be that option. They're willing to provide that option through this network."

The new service will not cost patients.

The St. Luke's Foundation will pick up the tab the first year and then the hospital will cover the payments. The fee depends on how often the service is used.
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