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Allina Health steps in to save one Mayo Clinic location from closure

The Mayo recently announced it was moving out of Springfield.

Springfield, Minnesota, will keep its clinic after signing a deal with Allina Health.

The Mayo Clinic Health System announced earlier this month it would be closing its hospital and clinic in Springfield, along with another clinic in Lamberton, due to dwindling patient numbers.

But on Thursday, the City of Springfield announced that Allina Health was stepping in to run the health facility at 625 N. Jackson Ave when the Mayo leaves in March.

The facility will provide services including primary care, specialty care consultations, telehealth/virtual visits, medical imaging, lab, and rehabilitation services, with Allina linking the clinic with its nearby facility in New Ulm.

The announcement doesn't state however that the hospital's emergency department will stay open, though Allina Health is entering a partnership with St. John's Lutheran Services to look at new options for "health improvement and Emergency Medical Services support" in the city.

"As city leaders, it was our obligation to identify a long-term partner that we know will provide high-quality care for the people of Springfield well into the future, and we are pleased we didn’t need to look very far," said Joe Stremcha, Springfield city manager.

"Allina Health and New Ulm Medical Center have been integral to health care in our area for decades, and we believe the decision to partner with Allina Health will help our residents to receive comprehensive services that are connected to New Ulm Medical Center."

The Mayo decided to exit Springfield after noting the hospital's emergency department saw only 3-4 patients every day on average, and admitted 9 inpatients and 28 overnight patients so far this year.

It also noted it had struggled to recruit and retain doctors at the health facility.

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