ALBERT LEA, Minn. — As part of a multi-million dollar investment in the Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea campus, the latest project brings enhanced imaging capabilities to Radiology. From mid-February through the beginning of March, work will be done in Albert Lea to install a new CT scanner and patient lift. The scanner, featuring improved image quality and fast image acquisition, brings standardization to radiology equipment across the Southeast Minnesota region. The patient lift will provide enhanced patient and staff safety.
A mobile CT scanner will be available for patients in Albert Lea needing basic emergent exams. Patients needing scans during the few weeks of installation may be scheduled at other Mayo Clinic Health System sites or scheduled for after the new machine is operational.
“We are pleased to add this new CT scanner, with its enhanced imaging capabilities and safety features for our patients, to our Radiology services in Albert Lea,” says Jason Steinle, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System Southeast Minnesota Region Radiology Chair. “This latest investment continues our commitment to bring the best of Mayo Clinic’s technology and medical practice to our local community. In 2015-2016, we invested $2.2 million in a new MRI scanner and a state-of-the-art MRI suite. Patients who come to the medical center in Albert Lea have access to the same equipment and expertise as patients in Rochester.”
Other investments and enhancements underway in Albert Lea include:
- $720,000 in improvements to the Cancer Center, one of Albert Lea’s ‘regional hub’ services. Funding has been secured and planning is underway for enlarged, private chemo infusion bays to provide more patient privacy and space for guests, as well as a beautiful fireplace and nourishment center for the comfort and enjoyment of patients. Funding comes from a unique partnership among Mayo, the fundraising activities of Naeve Foundation, and a generous benefactor.
- A $2.75 million investment in a new state-of-the-art campus cooling plant that is essential to upgrade the entire medical center’s cooling system. This upgrade will enable continued use of building space that would otherwise have been decommissioned, and will pave the way for future renovations and expansions.
- Building short stay observation beds near the Emergency Department in Albert Lea. These beds will allow staff to keep patients for observation for a variety of reasons, such as: recovery from short-stay surgery or effects of sedation, rehydration, or observation after an injury or illness brings them to the ED.
- 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. This transition will bring to Albert Lea a consistent inpatient census of 10-12 patients per day and the staff to care for them.