Thumbs up to the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato for its commitment to pediatrics in the Mankato region with a new children’s center designed to serve the unique needs of area families. The $3.4 million expansion of Mayo’s Eastridge clinic will house the pediatric and adolescent medicine departments and specialists from its Rochester clinic. It will also provide space for the new Child and Family Advocacy Center of South Central Minnesota. That center will be a neutral and comfortable place for law enforcement and child protective services to interview children who are victims of crimes. It’s a joint effort between Mayo and Blue Earth County and will eventually be run by a nonprofit.
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Context: “The goal of the children’s center is to provide specialty care close to home,” says Kathleen Linnemann, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System regional department chair of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. “When needed, we have the unique ability to connect our patients in Mankato to additional resources in Rochester, both in person and online to provide exceptional care when and where they need it.” An investment of $3.4 million dollars, the children’s center was designed to occupy the space previously used for employee training during Mayo Clinic Health System’s electronic health record conversion, which took place in November 2017. You can read more about the new facility here.
Contact: Micah Dorfner