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3/15/2013 12:52:00 PM
Melters know benefit of local health care

After 20 years of travel in the United States Marine Corps, Bernie and Mary Anne "Midge" Melter were ready to settle into a permanent home. They chose Cannon Falls, Bernie's high school hometown, as the perfect place.

"We knew Cannon Falls was a great place for our kids to grow up," says Bernie. "We've never wanted to leave since we came back here in 1976."

As a retired Marine and Veteran's Affairs Officer, Bernie received most of his medical care at the Veteran's Administration in the Twin Cities. But a serious heart attack in 1995 showed him the value of top quality care close to home.

"I was very lucky that the doctor handling the emergency room was familiar with my family and had access to the newest therapies. He called for a helicopter and I spent 23 days in tertiary care. The doctors there told me that if it hadn't been for my Cannon Falls doctor and hospital, I would certainly be a dead man," admitted Bernie.

"They saved my husband's life," says Mary Anne. "And I've been treated so well here myself. The doctors are very friendly and very good."

The Melters are showing their gratitude by supporting the community campaign to supplement Mayo Clinic's investment in a new medical center in Cannon Falls. Mayo Clinic Health System will break ground on a new, state-of-the-art medical center on the south side of Cannon Falls this spring. The final approval for the project came in February after years of planning and extensive support from the local community.

Patients and visitors can expect an improved overall experience beyond the continued presence of dependable, high-quality health care. The new facility will have up to 90,000 square feet or nearly three times more space than the current building, allowing Mayo Clinic Health System to expand its emergency medicine care and many other services, improve privacy, and add new technology.

"Having the hospital close by provides such comfort and service and peace of mind for those of us who are getting older and have chronic medical issues," says Bernie. "With the new facility and the connection with Mayo Clinic, we can continue to be a growing community."

Construction is expected to start later this spring, with a tentative completion date in fall 2014. The project is expected to be a $28 million investment.

"This new facility will be so much better for the staff and the community," says Mary Anne. "We wanted to support our community and we hope others will, too."

To learn more about the new medical center, visit mayoclinichealthsystem.org and select the Cannon Falls location.

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