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Mayo Clinic closes unit, takes back job offers

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC-DT) -- There's new evidence that the recession is beginning to have an impact on Mayo Clinic.  A patient care unit is being closed.

"Today's economic environment requires Mayo Clinic to continually evaluate patient volumes and allocate our resources efficiently," said John Murphy from the Department of Public Affairs. "Because of patient volumes, one patient care unit has been closed and is being combined with other units."

The name of the unit has not been officially released, but we're told by Mayo employees that it is a 17-bed progressive care unit on Joseph 4-B at Saint Marys Hospital.

All employees working in that unit will be reassigned to other area.

Mayo Clinic has also rescinded some current job offers.  A source tells the NewsCenter those job offers were to RNs who were supposed to start between May and September.

Murphy says Mayo is working with employee candidates to "manage any inconvenience this has caused."

Just four months ago, Mayo disclosed it was going to give all of its employees a 3% pay increase in early 2009.  But as the recession has deepened across much of the U.S., it has quietly taken steps to tighten the financial belt. 

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