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Mayo forgetting about patients

To the Editor:

Mayo Clinic is tearing the heart out of small Minnesota towns. At 10 a.m. Thursday, nursing staff were told that in 90 days, Lutz Wing at the Mayo Clinic Health System-Fairmont site would close. Staff will lose their jobs. Many other employees at the hospital will be adversely effected.

The word went out across the town. Lutz Wing, a 50-year old institution, will be no more. Mayo Clinic has the ability to close down institutions that don’t fit into its business plan.

Lutz Wing is an amazing, 40-bed home where families have entrusted their loved-ones for decades. It’s attached right to the hospital. If one gets sick, the hospital services are next door.

In the past, the founding Mayo brothers in Rochester had a motto: “The needs of the patient comes first.” I think the motto has become tiresome, overused, perhaps. “Profit over People Please” is the shiny new one, to be placed on all brochures, signage, etc., beginning in 2018.

Peter Engstrom