The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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January 16, 2013

St. Peter hospital, clinic accuse Mayo of questionable business practices

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Spike says the most important part of health care is doing what’s right for patients. For the residents of St. Peter, she said, the best thing for them will be making sure they’re able to get the care they want where they want, and if they want it in St. Peter, they should have that chance.

When the hospital was built in 2004, it was done with the help of a referendum in which 82 percent of voters said yes to it. That is evidence, Spike says, that people want to use it.

As for the attorney general and an investigation, Swanson’s office did not return phone calls from The Free Press for this report. Spike, however, says they’ve responded to her and have called her back twice to request more information.

She says it all makes her nervous, but it’s worth it.

“When I put my signature on that letter, my heart was pounding. We are a 17-bed hospital taking Mayo Clinic Health System to task,” she said. “I knew that organization when it was good. It does good things, it does wonderful things for health care. But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t go astray. And it has gone astray.”

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