LEROY, Minn. — Due to a severe staffing shortage and low patient utilization, Mayo Clinic Health System in LeRoy will discontinue clinic services effective Oct. 2. The pharmacy, adjacent to the clinic, will remain open.
The difficult decision to discontinue clinic services in LeRoy involved open communication with local officials in LeRoy. Mayo Clinic Health System leaders engaged in dialogue with Mayor Brian Thiel and Economic Development Authority member Craig Jacobson about the challenges in the rural health care. Specific to LeRoy, a critical shortage of clinical staff added to the complexity of maintaining operations as they exist today. Designing a model of care that benefits patients in rural areas in the future is a mutual goal.
Alice Kaasa, C.N.P., has decided to transition to the Austin campus. Her last day in LeRoy is Sept. 28. Due to the resignation of two nurses earlier this year, staff from Austin have been floating to support the LeRoy clinic two days per week.
“Our first priority is to ensure continuity of care for our patients,” says Tricia Dahl, operations administrator at Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin. “Patients are being notified of our plans to discontinue primary care at the clinic, and we will work closely with patients and local leaders ensure a smooth transition for those who choose care at a nearby location, either at Mayo Clinic Health System in Adams or Austin.”
“Our discussion with Mayor Thiel and EDA member Jacobson was very productive and forward-looking,” says Annie Sadosty, M.D., regional vice president for Mayo Clinic Health System. “We made a strong commitment to work together on alternatives for the residents of LeRoy and surrounding areas. In the near future, we plan to host a community event to introduce residents to some of our non-visit care offerings, such as the nurse line, Express Care Online and Patient Online Services. We’ll have staff available to help residents create their Patient Online Services account, which is the entry point for many of our services.
“LeRoy is a progressive community with highly engaged citizens and leaders,” Dr. Sadosty says. “We look forward to the innovations we’ll make together that take advantage of technology and strategic sharing of resources to deliver convenient care to our patients.”
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Mayo Clinic Health System consists of clinics, hospitals and other facilities that serve the health care needs of people in more than 60 communities in Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin. The community-based providers, paired with the resources and expertise of Mayo Clinic, enable patients in the region to receive the highest-quality health care close to home.
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