AUSTIN, Minn. — Mayo Clinic Health System – Albert Lea and Austin introduced a new health care delivery model on May 22, providing patients in the Adams and LeRoy area with convenient care options paired with on-site medical support staff. Patients are able to schedule visits in Adams with an on-site nurse on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The development of this new health care model grew out of listening sessions with community members and the mayors of LeRoy and Adams. According to Mayo Clinic Health System leaders, the objective was to identify concerns and overcome barriers to accessing care.
“We are inspired by the partnership we’ve had in Adams and LeRoy as we deploy the new care model,” said David Berg, associate administrator of outpatient care for Mayo Clinic Health System. “We value the relationships we have built over many years with the community and want to see those continue.”
The care delivery model will be launched in two phases. During phase one, a licensed practice nurse will be available Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays to provide scheduled lab draws, blood pressure checks, weight checks, and peak flow meter measurements for asthma patients. Immunizations will be available in the mornings. A registered nurse will be available Friday mornings to provide scheduled care, which can include some well child visits, anticoagulation management, hypertension management, patient education, Medicare annual wellness visits and minor clinical treatments.
“Access to health care is an important need in many small towns and rural communities, and we are very committed to finding a way to deliver care close to home in a sustainable, meaningful way,” says Berg. “Through our community partnership, it is our hope to create a care model that could be replicated in small communities throughout Mayo Clinic Health System. We believe providing a varied level of care in Adams will reduce the need for patients to travel to Austin or Rochester.”
“The city of Adams is excited,” says mayor Nancy Thalberg. “We welcome this new health care delivery model that will be provided within our community for area residents.”
Phase two is scheduled for late summer and will include a new asset to healthcare delivery – video visits. The video visits will enable patients in Adams and LeRoy to communicate directly with providers via a secure video or computer link. Computers with video connections will be available for patients to use in the clinic, and staff will be on hand to help patients connect to the visit and become familiar with the technology.
“Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Health System are continuing to expand our virtual capabilities throughout the entire country,” Jay Mitchell MD, chair, Southeast Minnesota Outpatient Practice Subcommittee. “Video visits allow our providers from other Mayo Clinic sites to connect with patients in Adams via a secured video, keeping patients close to home while delivering high-quality care.”
"We are thrilled to launch this new care delivery model at the Adams clinic," says Annie Sadosty, M.D., regional vice president for Mayo Clinic Health System. "I've spent time with the mayors of Adams and LeRoy, who are both strong, innovative leaders. I also attended a community forum last summer in Adams where we pledged to work with the community to find new ways to meet their health care needs. This is the fulfillment of that pledge."
A community educational open house is scheduled Tuesday, June 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. for patients who want to learn more about the clinic services and new methods of receiving care, including a demonstration of the technology and provider video visits. Mayo Clinic Health System leadership continues to meet with city and community leaders and residents to evolve plans for this new model in Adams, creating a viable way to serve health care needs in the community going forward.
“We are excited about the community partnership and this collaboration that will help us continue to explore new ways to deliver care in rural settings,” Berg adds.
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