Mayo Clinic Health System to permanently close 5 locations
ROCHESTER, Minn. (KEYC) — The Mayo Clinic Health System announced Tuesday it will permanently close five clinics in southern Minnesota and northwest Iowa.
The impacted clinics are located in Lake Crystal, Sherburn, Trimont and Truman, in addition to a clinic in Armstrong, Iowa.
All of these sites temporarily closed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, and after an in-depth evaluation, the company says those locations will not reopen.
Mayo says those locations had limited services and low patient volume before the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic also kick-started telehealth services, which also contributed to the closures.
”Given the fact that we have so many new ways to connect with patients that came about because of the pandemic, we felt as though this was the right decision in terms of long-term sustainability. Our ability to still connect with patients within these communities in new, innovative and virtual ways,” explained James Hebl, M.D., regional vice president at Mayo Clinic Health System.
Last year, staff at the impacted clinics were transferred to facilities in Fairmont, Mankato and St. James. They will continue to work at these locations going forward.
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