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 Mayo Clinic Health System celebrates grand opening of Mankato hospital expansion and modernization  – Mayo Clinic News Network

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MANKATO, Minn. ― After two years of construction, Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato celebrated the grand opening of its $155 million hospital expansion on May 14. 

“The expanded and modernized Mankato bed tower is not only adding needed capacity to our Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato but, importantly, it is also adding new capabilities,” says Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. “With these state-of-the-art, flexible care spaces, combined with digitally integrated tools, we are expanding the scope and reach of our staff and enhancing collaboration across our sites, including with Mayo Clinic in Rochester. This digital and physical integration is helping us to blur lines between inpatient and outpatient care into a seamless care experience for patients and their families.”

The project includes the addition of three new floors atop an existing two-story building on the Mankato campus that houses the Emergency Department, Andreas Cancer Center and Specialty Clinic foyer. The new structure features 121 additional hospital beds and numerous other improvements. Staff and patients began moving into the addition in April. 

“Our Bold. Forward. strategy is to establish Mayo Clinic Health System as a Category of One in community and rural healthcare nationally by 2030,” says Prathibha Varkey, M.B.B.S., president of Mayo Clinic Health System. “The opening of the re-imagined Mankato hospital tower gets us closer to this goal and aims to provide a compassionate, seamless and integrated digital and physical Mayo experience, improving patient outcomes and fostering healing in its truest sense.”

The project includes a new and expanded Intensive Care Unit and Progressive Care Unit; a new Medical-Surgical Unit; and a new Family Birth Center. Technological advancements include expansion of telehealth capabilities, digital technology and design elements to enhance efficiencies and support innovative care models.

“We are excited to announce the opening of a beautiful new facility that not only expands and modernizes our hospital but represents an ongoing commitment to the health and well-being of our community,” says James Hebl, M.D., regional vice president, Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Minnesota. “The new hospital will ensure timely access to care while keeping patients close to home ― whether they need routine medical care, an advanced surgical procedure or emergency care.”

The new hospital layout includes:

Cornerstone Building (preexisting bed tower)

Third floor: 

  • Cardiac Medical and Progressive Care Unit (PCU) 
  • Pediatric General Care Unit 
  • Patients with unique needs related to neurotrauma, hospice/palliative medicine and interventional radiology

Fourth floor: 

  • General medical care unit 
  • Behavioral Health Unit

Marsh Building (new bed tower)

Fourth floor: 

  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU) 
  • Progressive Care Unit (PCU)

Fifth floor: 

  • General Medical and Surgical Care Unit 

Sixth floor:

  • Family Birth Center 
  • Level II Nursery

Mayo Specialty Building 

“Our patients and staff are loving the new space. This modernized hospital has greatly improved workflow and efficiencies and served to enhance patient experience by bringing together many new technologies,” says Travis Paul, regional chair of administration, Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Minnesota. “Patients experience large, private rooms with access to interactive systems involving their hospital staff, as well as the ability to control many room features. We’re so proud to see our staff feel even more empowered to provide exceptional patient care to our communities.”

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