MARIETTA, Ga. -- WellStar Health Systemannounced a deal with the Mayo Clinic Health System Thursday morning.
The Mayo Clinic is a globally recognized research and health system that specializes in cancer and cardiac care. The group has a network of specialists and hospitals in Rochester, Jacksonville, Fla. and Phoenix, Ariz.
Marietta-based WellStar, the largest health system in metro Atlanta with a network of five hospitals, declined comment.
With the partnership, Mayo gets toehold in a burgeoning medical market. The deal makes WellStar more competitive with Atlanta's Emory Healthcare, a cardiac and oncology powerhouse.
The WellStar-Mayo collaboration could be similar to what Mayo is doing with Colorado's Aspen Valley Hospital.
Under that partnership, Aspen Valley Hospital (AVH) doctors get access to Mayo's diagnostic and consulting tools, according to the Aspen Daily News.