HealthPartners has announced that seven of its Minnesota health clinics and facilities that closed amid the COVID-19 outbreak will no longer be reopening.
The Bloomington-based healthcare company has experienced hardship as a result of the pandemic, furloughing 2,600 workers in April as it coped with the temporary shutdown of elective procedures.
It shut down a significant number of its clinic system as well amid the Stay-at-Home order, and although the order has ended and elective procedures have resumed, the company announced on Wednesday that seven of these in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin will stay closed for good.
– Central Minnesota Clinics, St. Cloud.
– Highland Park Clinic, St. Paul.
– Park Nicollet Shorewood Clinic, Cottage Grove.
– Regions Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program, St. Paul.
– Regions Maplewood Behavioral Health Clinic.
– Riverside Clinic, Minneapolis.
– Stillwater Medical Group, Mahtomedi.
– Westfields HealthStation, New Richmond, Wisconsin.
HealthPartners says the pandemic has caused it rethink its business and where it needs physical locations, which comes amid a major increase in telehealth video visits as a result of the pandemic.
"Consumer preferences are evolving, and affordability pressures are real,” said HealthPartners CEO Andrea Walsh in a press statement.
"These steps anticipate the changing needs of our patients, members and the community, and position HealthPartners for the future."
It says that more than 50 of its clinics that have been open during the pandemic will stay open, while several others that had temporarily shut down will also reopen, including Park Nicollet Eagan, and clinics in Elk River, Wayzata and St. Louis Park.
Meanwhile its COVID-only clinics at Curve Crest, Stillwater, as well as in Lakeville, Plymouth and Wabasha Street in St. Paul will return to full service, and the University Avenue/Health Center for Women will become a dedicated site for OB-GYN care.