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March 8, 2014

Mayo plans for expansion of Mankato campus

Mankato campus expansion plan released

MANKATO — Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato has unveiled an updated master plan for its Mankato campus that will guide its development during the next 10 to 20 years.

While no specific buildings have been approved by Mayo or been submitted for city review, the plan envisions major expansion, both up and out, including a new private bed tower and rooftop helipad, specialty clinic expansion, surgery support and endoscopy renovations, parking ramp, and an educational and ambulatory health building.

Kevin Burns, director of public affairs, said many of the hoped for construction plans continue to follow changes in health care as well as the growth of Mankato as a regional health center.

"We need to continue to change the way people receive care," Burns said. "More and more, it's keeping people out of a hospital setting and even a clinic setting."

That's why more space for specialty care and educational and ambulatory care is included. Burns said the aim is to focus more on educating and working with people on areas such as handling their diabetes or having healthy pregnancies.

"It's all designed to have people engaged in their health care and more importantly to keep them out of health care facilities."

He said that while no funding has been approved for any construction at this time, Mayo wanted to update its vision for the community.

"We want to be good partners with the city and be good neighbors."

The health system submitted an amended master campus plan to the city last week.

Over the years the health system has purchased homes around its campus to make room for expansion, which in recent years has included a new emergency department, cancer center, ambulance garage, new loading dock and receiving building and construction of shelled-in space for future expansion.

Mayo hopes to eventually buy the remaining homes in the block bound by East Main Street, Oaklawn Avenue, Mulberry Street and Garden Boulevard. Mayo already owns eight of the 16 homes on the block and is in negotiations with two additional owners. Burns said they do not actively work to buy private homes but will negotiate with homeowners if they approach Mayo.

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