Our good access to rural healthcare in rural southern Minnesota, northern Iowa, and western Wisconsin is being threatened and diminished by the corporate Mayo monopoly in this region.

Albert Lea, MN was “blindsighted” in June with Mayo announcing they would be closing all the acute care overnight services in our hospital in the next tw-three years and consolidating them to Austin. Our ICU was just moved to Austin on Oct 1 and our overnight surgical patients will be moved in January 2018.

As a grassroots organization, we formed “Save our Hospital” and we continue to fight to keep this hospital as an acute care hospital. Financial losses and lack of providers was Mayo’s excuse.

We are presently having a health care financial study, of our town and surrounding area, which involves 55,000-60,000 people, to prove we can make a profit without Mayo. We also know many of our providers have left, because they did not like working with the “Mayo Politics”.

This loss of services is going to be a real hardship for many people in our town, rural northern Iowa, and a large rural area to the north and west of Albert Lea, plus a financial loss for our city. Because of the Mayo monopoly, insurance premiums in this part of the state are 15-40 percent higher than the rest of Minnesota. We have seen how the Mayo corporate has downsized the Fairmont Hospital and taken away satellite clinics in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Our SOH group in Albert Lea invites you to join our “Save our Hospital-Albert Lea” on Facebook, if you would like to keep up with our mission. Also some of our members are forming a coalition of people in southern MN, western WI, and northern IA to advocate for local control of our rural health care services. If interested, you can join or reach this group by sending an e-mail to ruralhealthcarecoalition@g-mail.com with your name in the subject line.

There is more power in numbers to get changes in legislation.

Donna White

Albert Lea, MN

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