At last night’s Albert Lea City Council Meeting, the council approved a resolution that requests Mayo Clinic Health Systems of Albert Lea and Austin to slow the transition of services. The resolution asks any transition of services not take effect until January of 2018. The resolution was passed 3-0 with Mayor Rasmussen and Councilman Howland abstaining from discussion or voting due to their employment with the Mayo Clinic.
The official signed resolution will be sent to varies entities. Mayo Clinic Health Systems will not face any penalties for not adhering to the resolution that was passed.
A copy of the resolution is found below.
RESOLUTION REQUESTING MAYO CLINIC HEALTH SYSTEM DELAY IMPLEMENTATION OF HOSPITAL SERVICES TRANSITION
WHEREAS, Mayo Clinic Health System announced on June 12, 2017 the transition of inpatient hospital services including hospitalization for serious illness or injury; ICU; childbirth services; and, major surgeries requiring hospitalization from the Albert Lea Campus to the Austin Campus beginning in October 2017; and
WHEREAS, the City of Albert Lea is concerned about the quality of life and economic impact the planned Mayo transition of services will have on individuals, families, businesses, and the broader Albert Lea community; and
WHEREAS, Mayo Clinic Health System has not provided sufficient or timely details and plans for the transition of services; and,
WHEREAS, Albert Lea residents and businesses deserve to understand and prepare for economic consequences that will result in life, business, and community altering ramifications; and,
WHEREAS, the City of Albert Lea has found a need to respond to all medical calls in the past two years primarily due to a witnessed shortage of Mayo ambulance/emergency services to serve the medical needs of the community; and
WHEREAS, the City of Albert Lea is entitled to understand how the planned transition of services will impact City emergency services and ambulance response to medical calls,recognizing that more ambulance service will be needed to transport patients from Albert Lea to Austin.
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF ALBERT LEA, MINNESOTA
Sec. 1. The City of Albert Lea requests Mayo Clinic Health System delay the implementation of any hospital service transition from Albert Lea to Austin until at least January 1, 2018.
Sec. 2. The City of Albert Lea requests Mayo Clinic Health System to meet regularly over the next few months with a delegation of Albert Lea community representatives to review and consider options for maintaining hospital services at their present levels in Albert Lea and/or to determine details on the economic and community impact the planned transition of services will have on Albert Lea and the broader community served by Mayo Clinic Health System.