Mayo Clinic Health System to close hospital in 2020

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Mayo Clinic Health System will close its hospital and clinic in Springfield, Minn., and its clinic in Lamberton, Minn., on March 1, 2020, according to Minneapolis TV station KARE.

James Hebl, MD, regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System, said the facilities face staffing challenges, dwindling patient volumes and other issues. The hospital in Springfield is one of eight hospitals within a 38-mile radius, which has led to declining admissions and "extremely low" use of the emergency department, Dr. Hebl said in a press release, according to KARE.

"Mayo Clinic Health System has been proud to have a presence in Springfield and Lamberton over the past 22 years," Dr. Hebl said. "This is not the outcome we wanted for our patients, our staff or the community, but it's a decision that was necessary to make."

The closures will affect about 60 employees, according to KARE.

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