4 Rochester hotels offer in-room nursing care

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Four Rochester hotels are offering nursing care as a service, KTTC-TV reports.

Not unlike room service, hotel guests can now order from an a-la-carte menu of services from a nursing or physical therapist on staff at the Kahler Grand Hotel, Kahler Inn and Suites, Rochester Mariott and Rochester Residence Inn, the station reports.

KTTC talks to Sara Romeo, the first registered nurse on staff at the Kahler Grand, who says that the hotel can provide follow-up care – from dressing wounds to assisting with medication - after patients are discharged from the Mayo Clinic. Just charge the services to your room: $14 for blood sugar checks, $68 for crutch training, or $225 for an eight-hour day of assistance, KTTC reports. The upscale Kahler Grand Hotel advertises "world-class comfort" and the fact that it is connected to Mayo by skyway.

The new service fits into the concept advocated by Mayo and Rochester leaders that the clinic, city and local businesses need to work together to become a global medical center destination that caters to patients who travel internationally – sometimes alone – for treatment at world-renown Mayo.

Minnesota lawmakers this year approved a $585 million funding package for public infrastructure upgrades that will help support the health-care giant’s ambitious $6 billion, 20-year expansion plan in Rochester.

The work of the Destination Medical Center panel overseeing the work began just last month.

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