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Hospital project nears end

Published 2:20pm Saturday, December 22, 2012

AUSTIN — The hospital expansion is nearly complete.

The first phase of Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin’s expansion project will open to the public Jan. 7.

“We are excited to open this state-of-the-art facility for the patients of Austin,” said Mark Ciota, M.D., CEO. “Under [vice president of operations] Rod Nordeng’s leadership and through the efforts of many, this project has been completed on time and on budget. I want to express my gratitude to the community for their support of this project.”

The expansion at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea is nearing completion. -- Eric Johnson/Albert Lea Tribune

The $28 million, 85,600 square foot expansion will open in three phases. The first phase, opening Jan. 7, is the lower level — which includes rehabilitation services, orthopedics, podiatry and the pain clinic — and the first floor — which includes the eye center, retail pharmacy, the Mayo Clinic Store and Jazzman’s, a coffee shop. The second phase, opening Jan. 14, is the third floor, which includes OB/GYN, family medicine and internal medicine. The final phase, opening Jan. 21, is the second floor, which includes family medicine.

There will be a public open house from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 2, when area residents can tour the expansion. Refreshments also will also be available in the main entrance lobby area.

“The planning for this building started in 2008 and we are very pleased with the outcome,” Nordeng said. “We look forward to its role in serving our patients and their family members.”