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Investing in the Future of Albert Lea and Freeborn County
Mayo Clinic Health System is, and will remain, Albert Lea and Freeborn County's largest employer and partner for health. Our staff members are your friends and neighbors, sharing your commitment to strengthen Albert Lea and the surrounding area. Since 1996, Mayo has invested more than $34 million in the Albert Lea medical center, and we continue to invest today - in the people, technologies, equipment and facilities needed to deliver the best care to our patients.
- The medical center recently installed its second mammography machine, but the first to provide 3D scans (breast tomosynthesis). This new technology allows radiologists to see breast scans, reduce false positives, and increase cancer detection. Over the past three years, we've invested $2.8 million in a new MRI suite and state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanners. This equipment, the same as that used by Mayo Clinic in Rochester, provides the highest-quality imaging with lower radiation exposure for patients.
- We renovated the Cancer Center in 2018 to provide more comfort and privacy for patients and families, and later that year, opened the new inpatient Psychiatric Services Unit that expands capabilities previously housed in Austin. Observation beds have been added to the Albert Lea campus.
- We've invested $2.75 million in a new cooling plant that will serve the entire campus. The cooling plant replacement greatly extends the life and usability of the facility and will save approximately $90,000 each year in electricity costs.
This energy and maintenance savings plan resulted in a $30,000 energy efficiency rebate check from Freeborn-Mower Cooperative Services.
Standing in front of the new water-cooled chillers are Mayo Clinic Health System Facilities and Maintenance staff, L-R Tab Christensen, Mike Gresser, Bill Johnson, Nate Johnson and Paul Blom.