Minnesota State Mankato, Mayo Clinic Health System Announce Collaboration

September 25, 2023 |

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato and Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Minnesota will announce a new strategic collaboration between the two organizations intended to advance the region at a celebration event Thursday, Sept. 28 from 9-11 a.m. in the University’s Centennial Student Union south ballroom.

Edward Inch, president of Minnesota State Mankato, and James Hebl, M.D., regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System’s Southwest Minnesota Region, will speak at the celebration event about the agreement’s three strategic focus areas that aim to strengthen the surrounding communities – educational experiences; health and well-being; and research.

More than 70 internal stakeholders from the University and Mayo Clinic Health System have been invited to attend the celebration event. Roundtable discussions will be held for attendees to discuss priorities and new initiatives.

(NOTE TO EDITORS: Thursday’s collaboration announcement event is not open to the public, but media is welcome and encouraged to attend from 9-10 a.m. Inch, Hebl and other leaders will speak from 9-9:30 a.m. and will be available for media interviews from 9:30-10 a.m.)

Both Inch and Hebl said they looked forward to launching the new collaboration.

“We are pleased to collaborate with Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Minnesota on this agreement that will provide long-term future benefits to our students, local communities and state,” said Inch. “The University is committed to building on our existing relationship with Mayo Clinic Health System and to working together on these strategic initiatives.”

“Mayo Clinic Health System and Minnesota State University, Mankato have a long-standing history of working together,” said Hebl. “Our strategic collaboration builds upon our mutual goals of education, research, and health and well-being, and provides us with a road map to developing innovative solutions that meet the demands of our students, patients and communities.”

Mayo Clinic Health System has a physical presence in 44 communities and consists of 53 clinics, 16 hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based health care professionals, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality physical and virtual health care close to home.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,482 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 26 colleges and seven universities.