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Mayo Clinic announces $92.7M investment in private rooms, new plane

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More private rooms and showers, new operating theaters and a new patient airplane will be coming to the Mayo Clinic under a $92.7 million investment plan revealed this week.

The Star Tribune reports the Rochester-based healthcare pioneer on Tuesday confirmed the investment, which is in addition to the $438 million in construction projects already underway as of the end of 2014.

And that's not to mention the $5 billion of public and private investment planned over the next 20 years through the Mayo's Destination Medical Center program, which aims to turn Rochester into the world's "premier destination for health and wellness."

The largest project that will come out of the latest investment will be a 110,000 square foot expansion to its Saint Marys Campus, which will make all the hospital rooms in Rochester private rather than dual-occupancy, the Star Tribune notes.

"All rooms would be private rooms with private showers and private bathrooms, and [would be] much bigger so that family members could stay overnight in the room with the patient," director of hospital operations Dr. Amy Williams told the newspaper.

According to Healthcare Design magazine, the Mayo will also build two new hybrid operating rooms for minimally invasive heart and vascular procedures on the Saint Marys Campus, and 14 operating rooms on its Methodist Campus to support cancer-related surgeries.

The Methodist Campus will also see a renovation of the 7th floor, creating a 25-bed area with private rooms, bathrooms, showers and ceiling lifts for patients.

The Rochester Post Bulletin notes the Clinic will also be getting a new airplane, with funding available to lease a new Beechcrafy King Air to transport patients who need emergency care or urgent organ transplants.

There will also be improvements at the Mayo's satellite clinics in Eau Claire (which will see 40 dated inpatient rooms replaced) and Florida (where a new campus entrance and better access roads will be built).

Construction will start on the Minnesota projects next month, and is expected to be completed by February 2017.

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