Overview of services in Albert Lea and Austin
Facts about Mayo Clinic’s recent investments in Albert Lea and Austin
Since 2017, there have been a number of changes on the two campuses of Mayo Clinic Health System Albert Lea and Austin. Here are the facts.
One hospital – two campuses
The hospital in Albert Lea has a rich history, going all the way back to its beginnings as Naeve Hospital. Through the years, the hospital has adjusted to changes in the community and health care, overall.
In today's environment of more outpatient procedures, declining inpatient volumes and critical staffing shortages, two hospitals fewer than 25 miles apart was not sustainable from a staffing standpoint. Creating larger inpatient hospital units in one location is the best use of staff resources and allows the majority of outpatient services to be available on both campuses.
Impact for patients
The vast majority of care that most patients need on a regular basis is available in both Albert Lea and Austin. Each campus offers emergency care, primary care providers and specialists, pregnancy care, same-day (outpatient) surgeries and procedures, and all the supporting services like lab, radiology, pharmacy and physical/occupational therapy. In addition, the Albert Lea campus offers area residents high-quality services not usually available in smaller communities, including a renovated Cancer Center, inpatient psychiatric care, dialysis and a hyperbaric chamber for treating wounds. The Austin campus provides the entire Albert Lea/Austin area with less frequently used services, such as an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), inpatient surgeries, inpatient hospitalization, and labor and delivery.
Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin keeps the full range of high-quality hospital and clinic services close to home for area residents.
The Family Birth Center in Austin
Research has shown that mothers and babies have better outcomes in higher-volume labor and delivery units where staff members' skills are kept sharp by doing more deliveries per year, and deliveries that are more complex. Combining two separate units into one creates a more optimal situation for both patients and staff.
Travel between the campuses
If a patient needs to be transferred by ambulance from the Emergency Department in Albert Lea to the inpatient unit in Austin, Mayo absorbs the cost - there is no cost to the patient, and they are not billed.
Recruitment and retention
Mayo Clinic Health System continues to be an employer of choice and among the largest employers in both Albert Lea and Austin.
Provider recruitment and retention is a nation-wide challenge. There simply are not enough providers to fill all of the open positions. Mayo Clinic Health System continues to focus on ways to improve our ability to recruit and retain physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurses to the practice. By investing in our facilities and improving the work environment, such as reducing on-call schedules for providers, we position our organization to be an attractive option for potential new providers, as well as encourage current providers to stay and be a vital team member in the organization and the community.
The Rochester Connection
For the comfort of our patients and their families, our goal is to keep more patients close to home and avoid unnecessary transfers to Rochester. Larger, more up-to-date and comfortable inpatient units in Austin are staffed with a full team at the ready. When a patient’s condition necessitates a higher level of care, a transfer to Rochester is expedited.