Mayo Primary Care Clinic Falls Victim to Physician Shortage, Will Close

The Mayo Clinic Health System Grand Meadow (Minn.) Clinic will close in March because a physician cannot be found to replace Michael Gregg, MD, who is retiring, according to a Post-Bulletin report.

Mayo Clinic has been working with physician recruitment firms to find a physician to take the clinic over, but to no avail, according to the Post-Bulletin. Dr. Gregg has been running the Grand Meadow Clinic for more than 27 years, according to the report.

Fifteen percent of Grand Meadow residents receive care from the clinic. "Given there are four high-quality Mayo options within 21 miles of Grand Meadow to serve patients, we made the challenging decision to close the Grand Meadow Clinic and redeploy our resources within the system," Tammy Kritzer, vice president of operations, told the Post-Bulletin.

The physician shortage appears to be to blame for the clinic's closing. The nation is already facing a high demand for and low supply of physicians, and the shortage is expected to worsen: The Association of Medical Colleges predicted the U.S. will face a gap of 62,900 physicians by 2015.

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