Mayo Clinic Health System to Consolidate Some "Inpatient" Services in Austin

June 12, 2017 05:57 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin is making some changes.

Mayo Clinic Health System has decided to consolidate nearly 5% of its "inpatient" services, that have previously been offered at both campuses, to just the Austin campus. Those consolidated services include...  

  • Major surgeries requiring hospitalization
  • Overnight hospitalization and Intensive Care Unit (ICU) stays for illnesses and injuries
  • Childbirth

“Thankfully, most people may only need these services a few times in the course of a lifetime," says Mark Ciota, M.D., CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin.

As for why Mayo Clinic Health System is making these changes... you be the judge. 

Mayo Clinic Health System said, in a news release put out this afternoon, "health care organizations across the country are facing staffing shortages, rising costs and declining reimbursements for their services. Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin, a single practice with two campuses located about 25 miles apart, is no exception." 

"It’s no longer feasible to duplicate some of our most complex and expensive health care services in neighboring communities," says Bobbie Gostout, M.D., vice president, Mayo Clinic and leader of Mayo Clinic Health System.

Officials say a year long study revealed more than 95% of the of the Health System's services are delivered in the "outpatient" setting and include...

  • Emergency room
  • Primary care, including pediatrics and pregnancy care (pre and post-natal)
  • Specialty care (orthopedics, cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, etc.)
  • Outpatient surgeries and procedures
  • Laboratory, radiology and pharmacy

"We are pleased to say that those services, 95% of the care patients use most, will remain available in both Albert Lea and Austin,” says Dr. Ciota.

A Mayo Health System spokeswoman says no one would be available for an interview today but, has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday morning. 


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