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Mayo Clinic Health System Announces Improvements to Albert Lea Campus

August 21, 2017 11:17 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- Mayo Clinic Health System announced a multi-million dollar series of investments Monday at its Albert Lea campus.  According to a press release, it’s designed to “strengthen its position as a regional hub for cancer care, upgrade building facilities, establish an integrated behavioral health and addiction services unit and upgrade diagnostic equipment”.

Part of the investment includes $720,000 in improvements to the Cancer Center.  There is secured funding for enlarged, private chemo infusion bays to provide more patient privacy and space for guests.  Funding was made possible through a partnership among Mayo, the funding of Naeve Foundation and a “generous benefactor”.

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There will also be a $2.75 million-dollar investment in a new campus cooling plant to upgrade the entire medical center’s cooling system. 

Here are the other items included in the investment:

Cancer Center Infusion Bay

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  • Building short stay observation beds near the Emergency Department in Albert Lea.
  • Creation of an integrated environment for behavioral health care and addiction services, including remodeling to accommodate the transition of the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit (PSU) from Austin to Albert Lea.
  • Investment in radiology equipment for improved diagnostics. In 2015-2016, Mayo invested approximately $2.2 million in a new MRI machine and suite. In 2018, a new CT scanner will be added at a cost of about $600,000.  This state-of-the-art equipment, the same as that used by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, will provide the highest-quality imaging with lower radiation exposure for patients.

“We are a committed part of this community, and we take very seriously our responsibility to provide high-quality local care in a changing rural health care landscape,” said Mark Ciota, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin. “These investments are an important step in that direction. As the population ages, cancer care will be needed more than ever, and Albert Lea is positioned to grow as a state-of-the-art cancer care hub.”

Annie Sadosty, M.D., regional vice president for Mayo Clinic Health System in Southeast Minnesota, noted, “There is a growing need for behavioral health and addiction care; these diseases touch every community and most families at some time in life. Helping these patients, who are among the most vulnerable in our communities, is an important part of Mayo’s mission of hope and healing.” Regarding the combined positive impact of these Albert Lea campus improvements, Dr. Sadosty said, “These investments – and more to come in the future – are evidence that we are here to stay. Working with the community, we are committed to maintaining a strong medical center and contributing to a healthy, vibrant Albert Lea.”

We’re still working to find out a timetable for all of these upgrades.  We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more about the investment.


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