Fairview to close 16 clinics, 5 pharmacies as part of budget cuts

It comes as the healthcare provider prepares to cut 900 jobs and shut down Bethesda Hospital.
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Fairview Health Services will shut down 16 of its clinics and five pharmacies by the end of 2020 as part of a series of cuts announced Monday.

The healthcare company says it's posted losses of $163 million in the first six months of 2020 owing to the impact of COVID-19, and revealed a program of cuts that will include the elimination of 900 positions and the closure of Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul.

And as part of the budget cutbacks, it's also making major changes to its clinic and pharmacy network, closing 16 clinics effective Dec. 4, 2020, and five pharmacies effective Dec. 1.

They are as follows:

Clinics

  • Columbia Heights
  • Downtown St. Paul
  • Farmington
  • Grand Avenue
  • Hiawatha
  • Hugo (HealthEast - 14688 Everton Ave. N)
  • Integrated Primary Care, Minneapolis
  • Lino Lakes
  • Milaca
  • Pine City
  • Roseville
  • Savage
  • Xerxes (Bloomington Lake, Xerxes)
  • Zimmerman
  • Ellsworth (WI)
  • Spring Valley (WI)

Pharmacies

  • Columbia Heights
  • Hiawatha (Minneapolis)
  • Lino Lakes
  • Milaca
  • Rush City
  • Zimmerman

Fairview Health explained that among the reasons for the long-term financial challenges facing healthcare companies is that "our country's health system is broken."

"It is unaffordable and inaccessible for too many people, and it hasn’t evolved to meet today’s care needs and opportunities," the company said in its explainer about the changes.

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"We need to find new ways to deliver high-quality healthcare that are affordable, accessible, and just plain easier for everyone involved. Our actions include new strategic investments and cost reduction measures that will help us keep meeting the needs of our community today and into the future. These changes will also allow us to continue fulfilling our promise to bring breakthrough healthcare to all Minnesotans."

The services provided by these clinics will be shifted to other nearby locations, with Fairview saying it will "be expanding services across more than 40 clinics and primary care locations."

The announcement from Fairview comes three months after another Minnesota healthcare provider, HealthPartners, announced it would be closing seven of its clinics in Minnesota amid ongoing financial turbulence.

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