Hematology and oncology services are now available in Folkston, Georgia, through Mayo Clinic Health System with the recent opening of a new office at 396 Kingsland Rd. Hematologists and medical oncologists work closely with physicians from virtually every specialty at Mayo in the care of patients with cancer and blood disorders.
“The opening of our new office provides Southeast Georgia residents an entryway into the Mayo Clinic system, which is known worldwide for excellent health care and putting the needs of the patient first,” says Kenneth Calamia, M.D., chief executive officer of Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross. “Through this office, patients will be able to develop life-long relationships with Mayo Clinic and have all of their medical needs met through one cohesive organization.”
One of the biggest advantages to patients is having access to the vast health resources available through Mayo Clinic, known as the Mayo model of integrated care. For example, while many specialties are available at Mayo Clinic’s hospital in Waycross, Mayo has ready access to more complicated specialties, such as organ transplantation, through its locations either nearby in Jacksonville, Florida, or if needed, at their campuses in Minnesota or Arizona.
“As Mayo physicians, we can literally pick up the phone and refer patients to the right sub-specialist within the Mayo system,” says Asit Jha, M.D., one of three board-certified physicians who staff the office. This helps expedite patient care by eliminating the need to start all over again with a different medical facility. “Before a patient even arrives for their referral, Mayo specialists will already have detailed information about their condition, giving them a head start on their treatment,” says Dr. Jha.
Opening the Folkston office is the next step in Mayo Clinic’s desire to transform the delivery of health care in southeast Georgia. In March 2012, Mayo Clinic and Satilla Health Services integrated to form Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross. Now, local residents can also benefit from Mayo Clinic’s access to research, clinical trials, telemedicine and advanced medical technology. Since the integration, the health system has opened two off-campus offices; one in Douglas and one in Folkston.
“For now,” says Dr. Calamia, “hematology and oncology are the only services available at the office, but eventually, rheumatology and other specialties will be offered.”
Mayo Clinic Health System’s office accepts most insurance plans. To schedule an appointment, call 912-496-6155. Visit mayoclinichealthsystem.org to find out more about services and providers.