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Mayo Clinic planning expansion, renovations at Saint Marys Hospital

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Mayo Clinic announced Monday an expansion and renovation plan that will add on five floors to the Mary Brigh East Building and renovate the third floor of the Domitilla Building at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester.

According to a release on the Mayo website Monday, both projects will begin in the second quarter of 2014 and are expected to be completed in early 2016. The project budget is $72.1 million.

The release said the project will replace 73 inpatient beds currently located in the Joseph Building, which was built in 1922 and has become outdated. Once the renovation is completed, the Joseph Building will be used for hospital-based staff clinical support space.

"We are always looking at ways to increase the safety in the hospital, to make things more patient-centric, and to improve our patients experiences," said Dr. Amy Williams, medical director of hospital operations. "That's what this is all about."

The release went on to say that the renovation to the third floor of the Domitilla Building, which currently houses one of the largest adult general care inpatient units at Mayo, will modernize the unit by providing private patient rooms with bathrooms and showers and adding ceiling lifts.

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