MANKATO, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato has partnered with Minnesota State University, Mankato Maverick Hockey for COVID-19 testing of athletes throughout the season, ensuring the athletes are safe to compete.

The contract is part of a comprehensive partnership between Mayo Clinic Health System and Minnesota State Mankato, which also includes COVID-19 testing of symptomatic students. Minnesota State University, Mankato Student Health Services is collecting the specimens from students, and Mayo Clinic Laboratories is processing the tests.

“We are excited to be partnering with Minnesota State Mankato to ensure quick and easy access to COVID-19 testing for not only the hockey team, but all students on campus,” says James Hebl, Southwest Minnesota regional vice president, Mayo Clinic Health System. “We are proud of our partnership with MSU and the many ways we’ve collaborated with colleges and businesses across the region during this challenging and difficult time.” 

Mayo Clinic Health System began testing the hockey players weeks ago to allow them to return to practice. Testing and lab work is being done locally, ensuring fast results for the team in about 24 hours. The testing results are shared securely through Patient Online Services.

Mayo Clinic Health System also partners with the team physician to ensure all information is communicated in a timely manner. 

The partnership with Minnesota State University, Mankato has also included the expansion of the campus simulation center to include a surgical suite that Mayo Clinic Health System staff will use for onboarding and training over the next three years. Mayo Clinic Health System has donated equipment for the surgical suite, and physician and nursing leaders are writing the curriculum that will be used by both students and Mayo Clinic Health System staff.   

“We’re pleased to be working with a world leader like Mayo Clinic Health System on COVID-19 testing as well as in training and educational areas across the university,” says Richard Davenport, Minnesota State Mankato’s president. “Minnesota State Mankato’s partnership with Mayo Clinic Health System is vitally important in providing health care to our current students as well as educating the future medical professionals in our local community and beyond.”

Other area organizations interested in partnering with Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato for COVID-19 testing should contact Laura Bowman, Southwest Minnesota regional director of community relations and strategic partnerships, at [email protected]