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Mayo Clinic to cut ties with Georgia hospital

Rochester, Minn.-based Mayo Clinic plans to disaffiliate with a hospital it has run for several years in Waycross, Ga., according to the Star Tribune.

Mayo struck an agreement in 2012 to operate the hospital. The facility was seen as a possible source of patient referrals to Mayo's hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. However, Mayo has changed its strategy and plans to return the hospital and related governance to community directors.

"A community-based hospital is really not a good fit with our strategy for the Florida location," said Pat McCarty, vice chair of financial planning and analysis at Mayo Clinic, according to the report.

Instead of focusing on developing networks of feeder hospitals for its major care sites across the country, the health system is expanding its Mayo Clinic Care Network, in which hospitals across the country consult with Mayo on challenging cases, according to the report.

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