Mayo Clinic confirms 3 job cuts in Albert Lea amid consolidation plans

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Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is beginning staff restructuring as part of plans to consolidate services between its hospitals in Albert Lea and Austin, Minn., according to a Post-Bulletin report.

Mayo plans to consolidate inpatient surgeries, overnight hospitalization, maternity and intensive care in Albert Lea on the Austin campus. As part of these plans, Mayo notified three health unit coordinators in Albert Lea Wednesday that their positions will be cut at the end of September, the clinic confirmed in an emailed statement to Becker's Hospital Review.

"These employees were offered the standard Employee Transition Plan, which includes severance pay based on their length of service, and direct assistance from our human resources department to find and apply for other positions in Albert Lea or any other Mayo facility," the statement reads. "The employees were given information on some positions that are currently open, and new positions will be posted soon that would be appropriate for these individuals. We are confident that these three valued employees will be able to remain employed with Mayo if they so choose."

Mayo also addressed a rumor from Minnesota Nurses Association spokesperson Jay Armstrong that the three job cuts confirmed by Mayo could be the beginning of 500 job losses in Albert Lea. The clinic said the Albert Lea hospital currently has about 1,000 employees, and noted "less than 5 percent of services are being transitioned from Albert Lea to Austin, and at the same time there are services moving from Austin to Albert Lea, bringing jobs with them." Officials added, "To speculate that one-half of the total work force will be displaced is irresponsible."

Moving forward, Mayo said it is trying to establish detailed staffing plans for each affected unit to determine the number of positions that will transition between the two Minnesota campuses. Overall, though, the clinic said it expects the number of positions in Austin and Albert Lea to remain close to what it is now when the transitions are complete in several years. But officials noted "some individual staff members may need to consider transitioning to another location."

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is beginning staff restructuring as part of plans to consolidate services between its hospitals in Albert Lea and Austin, Minn., according to a Post-Bulletin report.

Mayo plans to move the inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency services from Austin to Albert Lea, and consolidate inpatient surgeries, maternity and intensive care in Albert Lea on the Austin campus. As part of these plans, Mayo notified three health unit coordinators in Albert Lea Wednesday that their positions will be cut at the end of September, the clinic confirmed in an emailed statement to Becker's Hospital Review.

"These employees were offered the standard Employee Transition Plan, which includes severance pay based on their length of service, and direct assistance from our human resources department to find and apply for other positions in Albert Lea or any other Mayo facility," the statement reads. "The employees were given information on some positions that are currently open, and new positions will be posted soon that would be appropriate for these individuals. We are confident that these three valued employees will be able to remain employed with Mayo if they so choose."

Mayo also addressed a rumor from Minnesota Nurses Association spokesman Jay Armstrong that the three job cuts confirmed by Mayo could be the beginning of 500 job losses in Albert Lea. The clinic said the Albert Lea hospital currently has about 1,000 employees, and noted "less than 5 percent of services are being transitioned from Albert Lea to Austin, and at the same time there are services moving from Austin to Albert Lea, bringing jobs with them." Officials added, "To speculate that one-half of the total workforce will be displaced is irresponsible."

Moving forward, Mayo said it is trying to establish detailed staffing plans for each affected unit to determine the number of positions that will transition between the two Minnesota campuses. Overall, though, the clinic said it expects the number of positions in Austin and Albert Lea to remain close to what it is now when the transitions are complete in several years. But officials noted "some individual staff members may need to consider transitioning to another location."

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic is beginning staff restructuring as part of plans to consolidate services between its hospitals in Albert Lea and Austin, Minn., according to a Post-Bulletin report.

Mayo plans to move the inpatient psychiatric and chemical dependency services from Austin to Albert Lea, and consolidate inpatient surgeries, maternity and intensive care in Albert Lea on the Austin campus. As part of these plans, Mayo notified three health unit coordinators in Albert Lea Wednesday that their positions will be cut at the end of September, the clinic confirmed in an emailed statement to Becker's Hospital Review.

"These employees were offered the standard Employee Transition Plan, which includes severance pay based on their length of service, and direct assistance from our human resources department to find and apply for other positions in Albert Lea or any other Mayo facility," the statement reads. "The employees were given information on some positions that are currently open, and new positions will be posted soon that would be appropriate for these individuals. We are confident that these three valued employees will be able to remain employed with Mayo if they so choose."

Mayo also addressed a rumor from Minnesota Nurses Association spokesman Jay Armstrong that the three job cuts confirmed by Mayo could be the beginning of 500 job losses in Albert Lea. The clinic said the Albert Lea hospital currently has about 1,000 employees, and noted "less than 5 percent of services are being transitioned from Albert Lea to Austin, and at the same time there are services moving from Austin to Albert Lea, bringing jobs with them." Officials added, "To speculate that one-half of the total work force will be displaced is irresponsible."

Moving forward, Mayo said it is trying to establish detailed staffing plans for each affected unit to determine the number of positions that will transition between the two Minnesota campuses. Overall, though, the clinic said it expects the number of positions in Austin and Albert Lea to remain close to what it is now when the transitions are complete in several years. But officials noted "some individual staff members may need to consider transitioning to another location."

 

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