Mayo Clinic to restore pay and return workers furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic announced today it will restore pay levels for staff effective June 24 and return furloughed workers by the end of August, well ahead of schedule.





The hard work, flexibility and sacrifice of staff have resulted in a better than expected increase of activity across Practice, Research and Education, according to Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., president and CEO, Mayo Clinic. Outpatient visits and procedural and surgical volumes are rising as Mayo Clinic prioritizes patient and staff safety along with high-quality care. 





Because of these positive trends, Mayo Clinic will restore pay to pre COVID-19 levels for all staff except senior leadership in mid-July. The pay restoration will be realized in the July paycheck, months sooner than had been anticipated.





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“Because of our staff's teamwork and commitment to patients, our practice reactivation over the past eight weeks has truly exceeded expectations for revised 2020 patient volumes and financial targets,” says Dr. Farrugia.  “In short, we are in a much better position than we anticipated, and we're very pleased to be able to restore pay and end furloughs early."





Dr. Farrugia also noted that while furloughed staff will return to work by the end of August, not everyone will return to campus. The pandemic has demonstrated that many people can work effectively from home given the need to protect patients and staff, he says.





Mayo Clinic also is taking a deliberate and proactive approach to secure available government relief funding through the CARES Act, making sure to only retaining those funds that can be directly attributed to the pandemic.





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Quick facts:





  • This positive performance is the result of the extraordinary commitment and hard work of Mayo's entire staff.
  • With the reactivation of the practice, patient volumes reached 85-90% of normal by mid-June.
  • Mayo Clinic has recovered more quickly than originally expected — but is not yet back to originally planned 2020 financial performance and will need to continue its extraordinary efforts to make sure patients receive quality and timely care. 
  • The environment, relative to the progression of COVID-19 and the nation’s economic performance, remains fluid and challenging. 
  • Mayo Clinic will remain as nimble as response, closely monitoring the pandemic and adapting as needed.




Media contact: Traci Klein, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, newsbureau@mayo.edu


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