Mayo executive: Consolidation plan in Albert Lea not expected to achieve short-term profits

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic's consolidation plans for its Albert Lea campus have received much public backlash, but Mayo regional vice president Annie Sadosty, MD, wants to make it clear to community members that this move is in no way motivated by short-term profits, according to an op-ed penned in the Post-Bulletin.

Though residents of Albert Lea, Minn., have voiced outrage over the Clinic's plan to transition inpatient, ICU and birthing services to its Austin, Minn., campus, Dr. Sadosty pointed out that the Clinic is still offering care in Albert Lea and investing in that care.

Mayo spending millions of dollars to remodel both facilities to accommodate new services, as well as $720,000 on cancer treatment equipment to help turn the Albert Lea campus into an oncology hub.

Dr. Sadosty emphasizes that this consolidation is not some sort of short-term cash grab, but instead a necessary adaptation to market changes in rural healthcare that is vital for the organization's long-term sustainability.

"We are very much continuing to offer services in Albert Lea. In fact, it's our responsibility to continuously evolve in the same manner as the Mayo brothers did from the beginning," Dr. Sadosty wrote. "That's why we are transitioning overnight hospitalizations and surgeries requiring overnight hospitalization, ICU and childbirth from Albert Lea to Austin and moving behavioral health services to Albert Lea — all the while preserving the services our patients use most in each location."

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