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Mayo plans new campus in La Crosse, Wis. area; could employ 3,800

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The small city of Onalaska, Wis., could become another hub for Mayo Clinic's health care operations in west-central Wisconsin.

Rochester-based Mayo is in the early planning stages to build a new campus in Onalaska, just north of La Crosse, which could eventually employ up to 3,800 people, the Associated Press reports.

Onalaska has a population of about 18,000.

Mayo has not released any specific plans, but a traffic impact study related to the project was on the agenda for an Onalaska Board of Public Works meeting Tuesday evening.

The study outlines Mayo's plans to build a new campus on a 187-acre site on Sand Lake Road, which Mayo purchased early last year for $8.3 million, according to the Associated Press.

Mayo already operates a clinic in Onalaska, but the new campus would likely be several times larger than the current facility.

Mayo also has a hospital in La Crosse, and employs a total of 3,600 people in La Crosse County, the AP reports.

Joe Kruse, the chief administrative officer at Mayo Clinic Health, told WKBT the health system is looking to expand in that area of Wisconsin.

"We're very excited about the potential ... to improve the services that we can provide for our patients and make it more convenient,” said Kruse.

Kruse also stressed that since the planning is still in the very early stages there are few specifics to share on what type of facility would be built.

The traffic study indicates the project would be developed in phases, according to the AP, but there's no timeline given.

The traffic study is scheduled to go before the Onalaska City Council next week. After that it will be sent to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for action.

Mayo Clinic's Health System has hospitals and clinics in six states, including Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. It employs nearly 60,000 people systemwide, according to the Star Tribune.

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