Mayo Clinic Health System Update Regarding Potential Transition to Avera
April 29, 2019
By James R. Hebl, M.D., regional vice president, Mayo Clinic Health System; Terry L. Brandt, regional chair of administration, Mayo Clinic Health System; Scott Thoreson, Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield administrator
Dear Community Members:
Thank you for your ongoing support as our leaders and staff members have worked with Avera Health to determine if a transition of Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield would be beneficial for the community and both organizations. Avera has completed its review process and decided to no longer pursue a transition of assets.
Below is a note to the Springfield community and Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield staff from Mary Maertens, regional president and CEO, Avera Health – Marshall; Allen Anderson, president and CEO, Avera Health – Tyler; and Curt Hohman, vice president of rural managed facilities, Avera Health:
“Upon evaluating information provided, our analysis of the operation and a number of internal discussions with Avera leadership, we have determined that Avera will not pursue a lease transition from Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield to Avera.
We were truly honored to be invited into the community of Springfield to discuss potential fits with our organization and Mayo Clinic Health System. Avera’s conclusion has nothing to do with the many positive characteristics that have been revealed to us.
We found the facility to be attractive and well-maintained, its employees dedicated and passionate about patient care, and the community to be highly engaged in the facility’s future success.
Springfield presents unique challenges for Avera in that it sits on the fringe of our current service area and has a well-established natural flow of patients for more specialized care to other communities. Additionally, Avera has found that the time needed and risks associated with implementing operational changes and recruiting providers are beyond what we are comfortable with at this time.”
We appreciate the professionalism and thoroughness displayed by our Avera counterparts during this extensive review process.
Mayo Clinic understands the challenges regarding provider recruitment and operating a rural health care facility. However, we are committed to addressing those challenges by optimizing the new care model that was introduced in Springfield late last year. Our leadership team is closely monitoring the medical center to identify opportunities for improvement and ways we can leverage what is working well for patients and staff. The Springfield and Lamberton service areas have shown strong support by seeking care in those facilities.
We will move forward by maintaining and improving upon the expert, Mayo Clinic care available in Springfield.
As a reminder, the new Springfield care model includes:
- Outpatient clinic services staffed exclusively by physician assistants and nurse practitioners
- A 24/7 Emergency Department with physician assistant/nurse practitioner staffing and tele-ED support from the Midwest Department of Emergency Medicine
- A critical access hospital (CAH) designation with two hospital beds available
- A physician medical director, Stephanie Kivi, M.D., for the Springfield campus, a medical director for the St. John Lutheran (Springfield) and Valley View Manor (Lamberton) Nursing Homes, Jennifer Langbehn, D.O.
- Exploring opportunities to potentially add another physician assistant or nurse practitioner
Thank you again for your input, patience and understanding during these complex times. We look forward to beginning a new chapter with Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield and Lamberton.
James R. Hebl, M.D., regional vice president, Mayo Clinic Health System
Terry L. Brandt, regional chair of administration, Mayo Clinic Health System
Scott Thoreson, Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield administrator