Short on staff, Mayo to consolidate Austin, Albert Lea's childbirth centers ahead of schedule

Mayo Clinic Health System has accelerated plans to consolidate birthing centers in Austin, Minn., and Albert Lea, Minn., according to a report from local news station Fox47.

Due to a shortage of staff, the Rochester, Minn.-based health system will transition labor and delivery services at Albert Lea to Austin in October, which is a year ahead of schedule. The towns are about 30 minutes apart. The system is reaching out to patients who will give birth in October, November and December to map out individualized plans, according to the report.

Albert Lea residents are working to woo another provider to provide childbirth services in their town, according to the report.

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