Mayo Clinic helps Afghan Refugees

Sep 10, 2021 | Kanaaz Pereira, Connect Moderator | @kanaazpereira

On September 8, 2021, Mayo Clinic buildings across the institution were lit in yellow as a sign of welcome and hospitality for incoming refugees from Afghanistan. As many as 10,000 refugees will be housed at Fort McCoy, just a short distance from Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta, Wisconsin.

Mayo teams from Sparta and La Crosse are providing health care services to refugees, and Mayo is contributing $10,000 to Catholic Charities to help meet urgent needs.

Fort McCoy in Southwest Wisconsin is one of several installations across the nation welcoming incoming refugees from Afghanistan. Located just 15 minutes away from Mayo Clinic Health System’s critical access hospital in Sparta, Wisconsin, the base is expecting to house as many as 10,000 people over the next several months. Once they arrive at Fort McCoy, the refugees receive a full health exam.

Mayo Clinic Health System locations in Sparta and La Crosse are working with the State Department to provide acute or complex health care services for those coming to Fort McCoy from Afghanistan. A multidisciplinary team has been engaged to coordinate Mayo’s support, which has included providing care in the Sparta Emergency Department and the La Crosse hospital, collecting personal care items and craft supplies, and collaborating with other agencies to meet current and future needs.

“We are proud to be able to provide this care as an expression of Mayo Clinic’s values and humanitarian mission,” says Paul Mueller, M.D., regional vice president for Mayo Clinic Health System in Southwest Wisconsin. “Our staff have really stepped up to this historic challenge and are working diligently to ensure that we are providing the best care to these patients and respecting their unique cultural needs.”

There are significant humanitarian needs to support the Afghan guests at Fort McCoy. Mayo Clinic is contributing $10,000 to Catholic Charities to help meet the urgent and immediate needs of the Afghan refugees as they arrive at Fort McCoy.

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