Mayo, Albert Lea Agree to Facilitated Talks on Future of Services Offered

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October 13, 2017 03:46 PM

A release from U.S. Rep. Tim Walz said the city of Albert Lea and the Mayo Clinic have agreed to enter into facilitated dialogue on the future of health care in the city after Mayo's decision this summer to move several inpatient services, including childbirth, intensive care unit stays and major surgeries involving hospitalization from its hospital in Albert Lea to one in Austin.

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The release states former U.S. Rep. David Minge, a retired judge, will serve as facilitator.

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"We have a responsibility to the communities we serve to engage in constructive communication going forward," said Mayo and the city in a joint statement contained in the release.

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"Facilitated dialogue is a very positive step in meeting our shared goal of providing quality health care and we are dedicated to the hard work ahead of us. We thank Rep. Walz for his service to his constituents and for working to bring us to the discussion table."
 

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