HUDSON, Wis. - The Mayo Clinic has plans to increase its footprint in the Twin Cities areas.
The Rochester-based health care system has signed a purchase agreement for 9.2 acres of land along I-94 in Hudson, adjacent to the Hudson movie theater.
A filing with the city of Hudson reveals plans for a medical facility of roughly 100,000 square feet, with six to eight operating rooms and 60 to 75 clinic rooms.
The filing says treatment would be provided on an outpatient basis, though two rooms would be available for overnight stays for patients needing additional recovery time.
Mayo already operates a network of hospitals and clinics in western Wisconsin, but a Hudson location would bring the Mayo into direct competition with Twin Cities providers across the St. Croix River.
Dr. Richard Helmers, regional vice president of Mayo Health Systems, northwest Wisconsin, said in a statement, "Mayo Clinic Health System will be engaging with community leaders and residents across western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota about their health care and broader community needs to determine the best use of the property."
Twin Cities based Health Partners already operates a hospital and clinic near the proposed Mayo facility.
In a statement, Thomas Borowski, president of Hudson Hospital & Clinic, said he is proud of decades-long relationships with Hudson and the surrounding area.
"While competitors have come and gone over the years, our focus in Hudson has always been the same: To earn the trust of our patients and members by offering the best, most affordable care and coverage," Borowski said.
The Mayo Clinic is seeking a conditional use permit from the City of Hudson for the land it plans to purchase. A public hearing is scheduled at Hudson City Hall on February 22 at 7 p.m.