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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Statement on Mayo’s Albert Lea Decision

Jul 24, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Tim Walz (MN-01) released the following statement concerning Mayo Clinic’s decision to close certain hospital services at its Albert Lea facility, namely overnight hospitalization, inpatient care for major surgeries, ICU and childbirth. Mayo plans to consolidate these services on its Austin campus:

“My team has been on the ground in Albert Lea to meet with community leaders, union members, and Mayo Clinic regarding Mayo’s decision to close certain hospital services at its Albert Lea facility. The overwhelming feedback I received from local folks is that Mayo failed to engage with the community on this issue.

“As a consequence of Mayo’s decision, my constituents are worried that no more children will be born in Albert Lea after 2020. They are also concerned about the impact the closures will have on economic development and jobs in the area. Moreover, the community worries that losing parts of the hospital will make Albert Lea less attractive to young people looking for a community to settle down and raise a family. I share their concerns and have expressed those concerns to Mayo Clinic. Going forward, I sure hope Mayo will make significant strides to engage with folks in the community before making a final decision.”