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Medical/Surgical Hospitalization Care
When will inpatient care transition to the Austin campus?
Thanks to careful planning over the past several months, transitioning all inpatient care (hospitalizations) from Albert Lea to Austin is tentatively scheduled to take place late June 2019. You may recall that an initial target timeline for this transition was early 2019. We have said from the beginning that transition timelines may be influenced by many factors, such as space constraints and construction/remodeling schedules, as well as availability of trained staff. These steps are necessary to ensure we are ready to provide our patients with safe, high-quality care. Therefore, the tentative timeline for this transition to occur is now late June 2019.
Remodeling of the expanded Medical/Surgical unit in Austin is currently taking place in phases to allow us to keep as many rooms in service as possible to care for our patients. Upon completion, the newly remodeled inpatient unit in Austin will include 37 private rooms and two semi-private rooms, with enhanced accommodations that provide a welcoming, healing space for patients and visitors. There also will be a two-story link that will connect the main entrance of the medical center directly to the newly expanded hospital units, including the Medical/Surgical floor. The extended link, which will be built along the north face of the building and add nearly 5,000 sq. ft. of usable space with access to the existing elevators near the front entrance of the medical center, will give patients and visitors easy access to the hospital.
What happens if I need to be hospitalized?
If a patient who comes to the Albert Lea Emergency Department requires hospitalization, he or she will continue to be cared for in the same manner as today until the transition in late June 2019. After late June 2019, the patient will be transferred by ambulance to the Austin campus at no cost to the patient. If the patient needs more specialized care than what is offered on the Austin campus, he or she will be transferred to another hospital accepting patients for a higher level of care and the patient will be billed for the transfer as would be done today. This process is no different than what is currently happening today on either the Albert Lea or Austin campuses.
If a patient who has outpatient surgery on the Albert Lea campus or comes to the Albert Lea Emergency Department needs a few extra hours of monitoring or to recover (less than 24 hours), observation beds are available on the Albert Lea campus for this extra monitoring to occur. The goal is to avoid unnecessary transfers and hospitalizations.
Our care teams are here to meet your every need, whether you need hospitalization or extra hours of care.