AUSTIN — Mayo Clinic Health System is "working to balance services" on its Austin and Albert Lea campuses, a Mayo spokeswoman confirmed today amid reports of changes underway.

Mayo spokeswoman Tami Yokiel responded to a Post-Bulletin request for information on reports of a major announcement at the facilities today.

"Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin is a single practice with two campuses," Yokiel said by email. "MCHS leaders in Albert Lea and Austin are working to balance services on both campuses to ensure patients can continue to receive care close to home. We are not closing either campus." No other information was provided. Other Mayo officials contacted by the Post Bulletin also had no information on the reports.

Austin City Council member Steve King told the Post Bulletin today he's heard of no changes at Mayo's Austin medical center, nor had Austin Chamber of Commerce President Sandy Forstner. Mayor Tom Stiehm did not immediately respond to phone calls.

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