121-Bed Hospital Expansion Project in Mankato Approved

Mayo Health System

(Mankato MN) — February 22, 2022 ― Mayo Clinic Health System will expand and modernize its Mankato hospital by adding three new floors atop an existing two-story building on the campus. The new structure will feature 121 additional hospital beds and numerous other improvements.

“We are very excited to see the region’s long-standing vision of a hospital expansion come to fruition,” says James Hebl, M.D., regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System’s Southwest Minnesota region. “This project will bring tremendous benefit to patients, our hardworking and dedicated staff, and the communities we serve. The hospital expansion will enable Mayo Clinic to achieve its vision of transforming community health care over the next decade.”

Once completed, technology advancements within the new hospital will foster an even greater culture of excellence while equipping staff with the latest tools to cure, connect and transform community health care. The use of telehealth, digital technology and artificial intelligence will be expanded within the facility, along with design elements and efficiencies to support innovative care models and enhance the patient and staff experience for years to come.

The board also approved the construction of a new six-floor, 70-bed hospital in La Crosse, WI.

“As part of our 2030 strategy, Mayo Clinic Health System will invest in forward-looking facilities and technologies that will ensure patients and communities receive the best of Mayo Clinic care close to home,” says Prathibha Varkey, M.B.B.S., president of Mayo Clinic Health System. “When the projects are completed, our patients will experience an enhanced healing environment, as well as outstanding care, convenience, safety and comfort. These next-generation hospitals are part of our long-term vision to transform community care locally while also setting the standard for community health systems across the country.”

The Mankato project will include:

  • Addition of 121 hospital beds.
  • A three-floor vertical expansion atop the Emergency Department, Cancer Center and Specialty Clinic foyer.
  • A new and expanded Intensive Care Unit and Progressive Care Unit.
  • A new Medical-Surgical Unit.
  • A new Family Birth Center.

The two projects constitute a $353 million investment in the future of Mayo Clinic Health System. Construction is expected to begin this spring at both locations and will be completed in early 2024.

“We are excited to modernize the work environment for our staff, with improved workflows and efficiencies, and technology that will make their work easier,” says Mary Jo Williamson, chief administrative officer of Mayo Clinic Health System. “When combined with our teams’ excellent service and quality, these technology-enabled hospitals will empower our staff to provide the exceptional patient experience our communities have come to expect from Mayo Clinic Health System.”

About Mayo Clinic Health System

Mayo Clinic Health System has a physical presence in 44 communities and consists of 53 clinics, 16 hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality physical and virtual health care close to home.

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