The Free Press, Mankato, MN

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March 31, 2014

Health recaps

Mayo Clinic Health System plans to expand

In March Mayo Clinic Health System Mankato 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."

Mankato Clinic breaks ground on Children's Health Center

The Mankato Clinic broke ground in June on the latest addition to its Wickersham Health Campus.

The Children's Health Center will be a 56,000-square foot building just south of the clinic's existing Wickersham Health Campus clinic. It will not only house the pediatrics department but also a Mankato location for Gillette's Children's Specialty Healthcare and Pediatric Therapy Services.

The clinic is expected to open by next summer.

To show off the priority of the new center, the clinic's groundbreaking was highlighted by youngsters digging shovels into a pile of soft, freshly delivered sand that provided a perfect distraction from the official, less kid-friendly announcements.

Mankato Clinic CEO Randy Farrow called the project a collaboration of the best kind.

"We're going to have a really neat facility to serve the community for years to come," he said.

Mankato Clinic regains state insurance price tier

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