Get the facts about changes in services on the Albert Lea and Austin campuses
In response to the changing face of health care, Mayo Clinic Health System undertook a detailed review of its operations and identified the need to re-organize the types of services it provides at its Albert Lea and Austin hospital locations. Our work was guided by an unwavering commitment to both communities and a goal of keeping high-quality care affordable and available on two strong campuses that are positioned for long-term viability and growth.
As members of the community ourselves, we understand how any changes to hospital services can have an impact – not just on patients and staff, but also on the community’s identity. We also have a responsibility to respond to the changing health care environment, so that we can continue to provide high-quality care, preserve jobs and keep health care costs affordable.
It’s important to note that in making these changes, we are keeping the services that patients use most close at hand, and we are committed to continuing to be an active part of our communities. The vast majority – more than 95 percent – of the care currently provided in Albert Lea and Austin will remain unchanged. You will still come to your local campus for doctor visits, blood draws, pharmacy and medication adjustments, x-rays and scans, immunizations and well-child checks, women’s health care, emergency room and urgent care, and outpatient (same-day) surgeries and procedures. The Albert Lea campus will continue to be the regional hub for dialysis, offer advanced wound care with its hyperbaric chamber and provide state-of-the-art cancer care in a remodeled Cancer Center.
We will transition less than five percent of the care we deliver in Albert Lea to the Austin campus. This includes overnight hospitalization for illness or major surgeries, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and childbirth. As part of this transition, we will move the inpatient Psychiatric Services Unit (PSU) from Austin to the Albert Lea campus, creating an integrated setting for behavioral health and addiction services.
Working together, we can adapt to the changing health care landscape, keep our communities’ medical centers strong and preserve high-quality, affordable care in Albert Lea and Austin for generations to come.