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Mayo Fairmont

FAIRMONT - Mayo Clinic recently confirmed that it is cutting 17 nursing jobs from its health center in Fairmont, Minn., according to a story in the Sentinel newspaper in Fairmont.

Mayo Clinic is the largest employer in the community of 11,000.

The Sentinel newspaper was following up rumors of impending job cuts and asked Mayo Clinic if it was true.

Mayo issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon attributed to Dr. Marie Morris, medical director at Mayo-Fairmont and Laura Evenson, regional chief nursing director for the Mayo system.

“After carefully assessing the need to align staffing levels with our average daily hospital census, it was determined there is a need to reduce nursing staff in the hospital and Progressive Care Unit at Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont by 17 positions,” they said. “Staffing decisions are based on patient need and always meet regulatory staffing level requirements.”

The newspaper reported that the cuts to the facility’s Progressive Care Unit will take place on Dec. 9.

The Mayo statement continued: “The changes also will include transitioning PCU beds to standard hospital beds (med/surg), as the majority of hospitalized patients can be cared for in med/surg. Critical-care telemedicine that connects to intensive care experts in Rochester remains an option for hospitalized patients in need of a higher level of care.”

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