Freeborn Co. commissioners want answers on Mayo Clinic transition

Freeborn Co. commissioners want answers on Mayo Clinic transition

Posted: Wed Sep 19 05:04:41 PDT 2018
Updated: Wed Sep 19 05:04:41 PDT 2018

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we are continue to follow mayo clinic's consolidationb etween its albert lea and austin campus.... many inpatient services are already being moved to austin... and tuesday... freeborn county commissioners met to talk about writing a letter to mayo leaders about how the changes impact older residents in the community... k?i?m?t news three's jeremiah wilcox was at the meeting and has more. reporter: county commissioners are still confused about the future of mayo here in albert lea... and they were left with more questions than answers. vo: inside the freeborn county government center... questions are still unanswered... and tuesday county commissioners met to continue its talks as mayo clinic continues to move services from albert lea to its austin campus... sot: we're trying to communicate and how some of the services are leaving and what the future will hold. christopher shoff is the board's chairman he says the move puts elderly at risk... which is the boards reason for drafting a letter to mayo clinic leaders... we wanted to know what the community impacted by this thinks... and they were more than eager to share their side of the story. nat: door bell ring, hello? vo: jan mattson lives in albert lea and is concerned about the way the city is changing. sot: kind of in shocked... and so i became active in save our hospital group vo: she says board members aren't taking into account whats best for the community. sot: i've heard of people got over to austin and found they couldn't see the doctor there they had to be taken to owantana and sometimes over to mankato or rochester... and whos all paying for this?... we are. vo: and that's one of the concerns the board wants mayo decision makers to address... it wants to hear it straight from the top on how this is going to play out for we reached out to mayo clinic about the proposed letter and it says in a statement... it has yet to recieive the request from the county commissioners. .. it goes on to say it looks forward to continued dialouge with communtiy members about the best approach to keep access to healthcare for albert lea nad freeborn county residents. this move in albert lea comes as mayo clinic looks to add to downtown rochester skyline.... mayo announced tuesday an 11? story addition to its current "gonda building, making it the tallest building in the med?city. it will expand clinical space and include a hotel to meet patient demands and needs. officials say the extra space will be part of the cancer and outpatient procedure centers. construction is expected to start in late 2019 or early 2020.
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