January 17, 2020
What is happening at Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield and Lamberton?
After careful review of patient volumes, ongoing staffing issues and regulatory requirements, Mayo Clinic Health System has decided to discontinue operations of its hospital and Emergency Department in Springfield, effective March 1, 2020 and the primary care clinic service on February 25, 2020. The Lamberton primary care clinic services will be offered through Feb. 24, 2020.
How will patients get medication refills after you close?
Contact your pharmacy and request they fax a refill request to Allina in New Ulm or another health care provider of your choosing.
How can I schedule an appointment at Allina in New Ulm until the Allina in Springfield and Lamberton clinics open?
Call Allina’s appointment schedulers at 507-217-5011 if you would like to be seen at their facility in New Ulm.
Please note that the Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield will continue service through Feb. 25, 2020 and Lamberton clinic will continue to serve patients through Feb. 24, 2020.
Can I continue care at another Mayo Clinic Health System location? How can I transfer my care to that site?
Yes, our team at Mayo Clinic Health System looks forward to continuing to care for our patients at any of our other practices. Here are the appointment numbers for area Mayo Clinic Health System sites:
- St. James: 507-375-3261
- Mankato: 507-594-4700
- Fairmont: 507-238-8500
Why are Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield and Lamberton closing?
For the past several years, Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield has been challenged with severe provider shortages, an inability to recruit and retain physicians, declining hospital admissions and minimal Emergency Department utilization. We have been sharing our challenges openly with staff and the community, and we made adjustments to the way we provide care in October 2018, but more than a year later, the same provider recruitment challenges exist, and have only intensified. Also, as of Dec. 1, 2019, the Springfield hospital had admitted only nine patients for the year, and the Emergency Department saw an average of three to four patients per day. Based on diagnoses of these Emergency Department patients, all could have either been treated at a clinic or urgent care center or transferred safely to a nearby facility. Caring for so few patients makes it difficult for providers and staff to maintain competencies across a variety of disciplines to deliver safe, high-quality care, and it’s not sustainable.
In smaller communities across the country, demand for inpatient admissions is declining. We embrace the trends to shorter hospital stays and the growing ability to support recovery and care outside of the hospital as positive trends for our patients. However, these changes have real impact on our rural practices and workforce. It’s increasingly difficult to maintain hospital and Emergency Department coverage in facilities with the dual challenges of low patient volumes and provider shortages.
Will another health care organization be taking over the Springfield clinic operations?
Yes. Allina Health has announced they will be taking over the Springfield and Lamberton clinics. The hospital operations will close effective March 1, 2020, and Allina Health has no plans to reopen the hospital at this time. The official opening date of the clinic has yet to be announced, but Allina Health is hoping it will be open in the spring. They will communicate to the Springfield and Lamberton communities once a date is finalized.
Why can’t Mayo Clinic Health System continue operating the clinics by themselves?
Springfield is located on the fringes of our service area, and there are six additional non-Mayo health care options for patients within 38 miles. When our Springfield patients need services beyond routine care, we know they prefer to be referred to one of the non-Mayo providers nearby instead of driving to our location in Mankato. This doesn’t allow for the seamless continuity of care we strive to provide our patients, and the routine care volumes alone would not allow us to operate a viable clinic. It does require a balance of primary and specialty care.
What services will the Allina Health Springfield clinic offer?
Allina Health has indicated they will be providing primary care (family medicine, pediatrics and internal medicine) and some limited specialty services yet to be determined. Allina will be communicating what services will be available to the community once they have been finalized.
Will an Urgent Care be offered in Springfield as part of Allina Health’s clinic operations?
Mayo Clinic Health System will continue to provide Urgent Care services through Feb. 25, 2020. Again, Allina Health has not disclosed any information at this time regarding if they will offer Urgent Care services once they open in Springfield.
What is happening to the current Springfield employees?
Decisions that impact staffing are always difficult and never decided upon lightly. The closure of Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield and Lamberton will impact approximately 60 employees. Springfield and Lamberton employees who have shared work responsibilities at another Mayo Clinic Health System location may retain part- or full-time employment at that site. Mayo Clinic Health System is committed to supporting staff during this time of transition, including helping impacted staff identify and apply for new positions within the organization if available. Our Human Resources team also provides assistance in preparing impacted staff for opportunities outside of Mayo Clinic Health System.
Additionally, the Mayo Clinic Health System and Allina Human Resources teams are working with impacted employees to discuss potential employment options at the new Springfield Allina clinic when it opens.
What will happen with nursing home coverage and the ambulance service?
Allina will provide nursing home services to St. John’s Lutheran Home in Springfield and Valley View Manor in Lamberton. Our leadership team is exploring options for ambulance service management agreement. We’ll share more information in the coming weeks.
What do I need to do if I’m an anticoagulation, audiology, ENT, OB-GYN or primary care patient — what will happen to my visits?
Your Mayo Clinic Health System provider will discuss your options at one of your next visits before Feb. 25, 2020. If you would like to continue your care Mayo Clinic Health System, let your provider know and we can assist you with transferring your care to another provider and scheduling your next appointment at another Mayo Clinic Health System location.