ALBERT LEA and AUSTIN, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and Albert Lea is announcing an innovative plan to retain valued staff while opening up more than 100 positions for Department of Nursing personnel.
“Today we are taking an important step in providing more certainty for our valued staff in Albert Lea and Austin, and for our communities,” says Mark Ciota, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin. “We truly appreciate the dedication and professionalism of our staff as we have worked through the complex preparations for relocating some of our work units.”
Over the next 24 months, inpatient surgery, inpatient hospitalization (medical/surgical/pediatric) and childbirth will be consolidated on the Austin campus. The inpatient Psychiatric Services Unit (PSU) will move to the Albert Lea campus. Observation beds will also be added to the Albert Lea Emergency Department.
To help give a clearer picture of the future, Mayo Clinic Health System is posting more than 100 positions for nurses, nursing assistants and health unit coordinators across both campuses. These are positions that will be needed to staff the integrated work units.
“As we continue our work of transitioning certain hospital services between our Albert Lea and Austin campuses, our staff is experiencing the uncertainty that can come with change,” says Diane Twedell, Chief Nursing Officer for Mayo Clinic Health System Southeast Minnesota region. “They have asked us – and our communities have asked us – to provide as much clarity as we can about what the future looks like.”
To make the transition easier, and to retain experienced staff with specialized expertise in these units, Twedell says Mayo Clinic Health System is asking staff members to apply for future positions now. Once an employee has been awarded a position, the position will be held for them.
“We are inviting our nursing department staff to consider their options and apply for these positions now so they can begin planning for the future,” says Twedell. “Holding positions for months or even years is not a standard practice in the health care industry, but we feel strongly that this is the best way to provide more certainty for our staff, and to demonstrate through our actions that we want them to remain as part of our valued staff.”
“We know our patients and communities value our staff and the great care they provide,” adds Ciota. “We want everyone to know that we are working hard to retain all the talented staff that have provided such good care for them, and to keep employment in our communities strong and stable.”
“We are sharing this information with the communities as part of our promise to keep them informed and updated on the progress of the integration,” affirms Twedell.
Ciota reminds patients that the Albert Lea and Austin medical centers are open and available to care for them, and that the vast majority of the services they need will remain right where they’ve always been. Primary care provider and specialists, same-day surgery, lab, pharmacy, radiology, cancer care, dialysis and the Emergency Department and other services are remaining right where they are. “They are ready to care for you and your family,” Ciota says.
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