On Heels of Criticism, Mayo Announces $3 Million in Improvements for Albert Lea Hospital

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August 21, 2017 04:24 PM

On the heels of criticism over its decision to cut services there, Mayo Clinic announced more than $3 million in planned improvements to its Albert Lea location on Monday.

It came after Gov. Mark Dayton joined state and local officials in expressing concern about Mayo's plan to cut services at its Albert Lea hospital.

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RELATED: Swanson, Others to Hear Concerns about Mayo Moving Services out of Albert Lea

The massive Rochester-based health care system announced its plan in June to shift inpatient services like birthing and intensive care from its Albert Lea facility. Those services will be moved to Austin, a 30-minute drive away. 

The Albert Lea campus will still have an emergency room.

Dayton said Monday he's concerned about those reductions and that Mayo should have discussed its plan with area residents sooner. Hospital officials say the changes are necessary due to financial losses and a steep decline in long-term hospital stays.

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