Mayo Shows Off Renovated Albert Lea Cancer Center

June 18, 2018 09:53 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- It's a space designed for patients and families, to address a physical illness and the fear that goes with it.

Now, a remodeling project that began last fall has been completed.


And on Monday, we got a sneak preview.

"Really I think our state of mind has so much to do with our ability to heal," Mayo Clinic Health Systems operations administrator Tricia Dahl said.

The goal is to be a bright spot when things can seem pretty dark.

“This is a remodel of all of our treatment facilities for all of our patients undergoing cancer treatment" Mayo Clinic Health Systems’ Sydney Schone explained, taking us on a tour of the newly remodeled space.

Mayo Clinic Health System, with help from the Naeve Foundation and a benefactor who asked to remain anonymous, spent more than $700,000 on improvements to the cancer center in Albert Lea.

"This is the chemotherapy suite,” Sydney Schone explained during our tour. “We have had lighting changes and wall changes again to make that a more private area but that can include the family."

"When patients are dealing with any illness, but especially cancer you want to be treated in an area that looks calming, isn't really a chaotic atmosphere but that can really promote that little bit of sense of calm so that they can focus their energy on healing," operations administrator Tricia Dahl added.

It’s a story Mary Graham knows too well: "In November I was diagnosed with Ewing's Carsoma and so I've been doing most of my doctoring up at Mayo in Rochester,” the Garner, Iowa woman said. “But now I can do part of my treatment here, which is great because it's a lot closer than Rochester and very convenient, and when they said I could do my chemo as out-patient, that was huge for me."

“A lot of the moments that happen in these rooms are very life-changing, so having that experience be calm and helping them be calm and think about the decisions they want to make about their life is very important,” Sydney Schone said while showing us some of the newly remodeled patient space.

“We want people to be able to walk in and just kind of have that hopefully sigh of I’m in a good place and they're going to take good care of me” Tricia Dahl added.

And here’s your chance to see the remodeled space; a public open house is scheduled for Tuesday from 4 to 6, and everyone is welcome.


Dan Conradt

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