Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse is working through an evaluation process to ensure our services are aligned with our strengths, and we maximize our resources with a sharpened focus on providing expert care with exceptional service.
As with all Wisconsin businesses, Mayo Clinic Health System was required to send a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act) notice to the Wisconsin Dislocated Worker Unit when a reduction in the workforce is pending. The notice was shared as a news release by the WDWU and not by Mayo Clinic Health System.
To clarify items related to the filing:
- Mayo Clinic Health System will continue to provide compassionate, high quality care to the communities that we serve.
- Mayo Clinic Health System is undergoing an extensive process to focus efforts on quality, safety, satisfaction and operational performance.
- Teams have been working on short-term, mid-term, and long-range measures to create an intentional, forwarding moving plan that allows us to continue to offer the highest-quality care at the best value.
- Making changes to staff in existing positions is always the last resort. While the number of positions will be limited, we do not have final numbers for any position reductions at this time. We continue to work with affected employees to seek opportunities within the organization.
- Mayo Clinic Health System continues to hire staff and has successfully recruited key specialty providers across our surgical service lines. As of May 9, 2019 the Southwest Wisconsin region is actively recruiting for nearly 50 job openings.
Behavioral Health Services:
- Mayo Clinic Health System is not closing Behavioral Health services. Mayo Clinic Health System will continue to provide comprehensive outpatient mental health treatment for our patients and remain committed to meeting this urgent need.
- The decision to close the residential programs was due to challenges with the structures in use and does not affected treatment services (announced previously back in March, 2019).
- We are working with community groups to address the residential program as part of our commitment to the greater community. These groups have responded positively and there is a great deal of support for resolving this issue together.
Neonatal Intensive Care:
- Mayo Clinic Health System is not closing its Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). We will continue to care for high-risk newborns in La Crosse.
- Mayo Clinic Health System is moving to a new care model. We’re aligning ourselves on a practice model that has been proven to be clinically effective and embraced by patients. Other Mayo Clinic Health System sites with significantly more deliveries annually also follow this model.
- The integrated Mayo Clinic enterprise offers world-class care through tele-neonatal medicine, air transport and level 4 NICU care if needed.
- Mayo Clinic Health System takes pride on offering excellent prenatal care including unique services such as the new OB Nest program.
- We remain committed to the communities and the people we serve. Health care has changed but our position in the community has not.
- The public continues to look to us as leaders and examples of healthy living, positive choices, an advocate for those who cannot advocate for themselves, and a source of clinical expertise.
Press ContactRick Thiesse