As efforts go on to patch up the relationship the Mayo Clinic has had in Albert Lea over transferring services to Austin, the healthcare system is now reaching out to the Albert Lea community with new technology. Their latest project is part of a multi-million-dollar investment that will bring enhanced imaging capabilities to Radiology.
For the next few weeks, work will be done at the Albert Lea campus to put in a new patient lift and CT scanner. Mayo representatives say the equipment will bring safety along with standardization to equipment across southeast Minnesota.
The new scanner coming to the Albert Lea campus features improved image quality and will get images faster. It will help physicians look inside patients to get important information about their health. Clinic officials say caring for patients in the Albert Lea area is something they take very seriously. They say it's important to provide every service they can to as many communities as possible.
"Being able to offer services here so people don't have to go to Rochester and back is very important to us," explains Radiologist Dr. Jacob Ekins, "It's better for patient care and it's more convenient for a patient to be able to seek care for exams that can be appropriately done here locally."
Dr. Ekins says he's excited for the new CT scanner because of the quality of service it's expected to provide people in the area and adds the Albert Lea clinic is dedicated to providing the same care as other clinics in the area.
"In the last 12 months, we've put in a new CT scanner in at Austin and essentially this is the sister step to that, which is we're putting in a new CT scanner in Albert Lea to provide the same level of care to people. And it's a combined joint effort across the region to make sure each site is providing the standard of care we'd like," he says.
The new CT scanner will be worked on until mid-March. Patients who need scans during the installation period may be scheduled at other sites within the Mayo Clinic Health System.