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The Faribault Mayo Clinic Obstetrics/Gynecology Department relocated to the second floor of District One Hospital near the Women’s Health Unit. (Camey Thibodeau/Daily News)

In a move that benefits patients, the Faribault Mayo Clinic Obstetrics/Gynecology Department relocated to the second floor of District One Hospital on Jan. 19.

“We are relocating to the Women’s Health Unit to be closer to labor and delivery,” said Dr. Thomas Howell at Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault. “This move will allow us to bring our offices and equipment to the patients more easily, as well as provide a level of convenience for checking on them. It also allows for even more collaboration with the nurses and our colleagues at Allina. The space has been updated and will be more comfortable for our patients.”

Mayo’s OB/GYN office was housed in a separate facility adjacent to District One for 12 years, which may now be upgraded, according to Brian Bunkers, M.D., CEO at Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault and Owatonna.

“The Mayo practice is looking at an overall facility upgrade in Faribault to ensure that we are meeting patient and community expectations,” Bunkers said. “The vacated clinic space will be remodeled and repurposed for use by another part of the Faribault Mayo practice.”

Construction and remodeling at the new office was completed within two months. The new 4,200-square-foot office is designed to service women’s health needs, including traditional disease treatment, education, counseling, prenatal care, childbirth, high-risk obstetrics and more, according to Jessica Homan, operations administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System in Faribault and Owatonna.

There are five doctors who specialize in women’s health on staff at Faribault Mayo Clinic: Howell, Dr. John Smith, Dr. Tina Rauenhorst, Dr. Brant Barr and Jessica Johnson, nurse practitioner.

To make an OB/GYN appointment with Faribault Mayo, call 507-333-3300.

Reach reporter Camey Thibodeau at 333-3128. Follow her on Twitter.com @CameyThibodeau.

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