SPRINGFIELD — Mayo Clinic Health System will continue to operate its Springfield health care facility after Avera Health opted not to pursue a lease transition.
The sides had been exploring a potential operational transfer since summer 2018 following ongoing physician shortages in Springfield. Avera made its decision following April 16 community meetings.
Springfield’s location on the fringe of Avera’s current service area contributed to the decision, according to a statement from the Sioux Falls-based health system.
“Avera has found that the time needed and risks associated with implementing operational changes and recruiting providers are beyond what we are comfortable with at this time,” said Avera leadership.
Mayo Clinic Health System will continue the new care model it introduced in Springfield late last year. Physician assistants and nurse practitioners provide outpatient clinic and 24/7 emergency department services under the model.
Springfield has two hospital beds and will be overseen by a physician medical director. Two area nursing homes in the Mayo network, St. John Lutheran in Springfield and Valley View Manor in Lamberton, also have a medical director.
“Mayo Clinic understands the challenges regarding provider recruitment and operating a rural health care facility,” said a statement from Mayo. “However, we are committed to addressing those challenges by optimizing the new care model.”