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Mayo ending home health care services in Red Wing, Albert Lea

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Mayo Clinic will soon be officially out of the home health care business.

Officials announced Monday that Mayo Clinic Health System will shutter its home health care services in Red Wing and Albert as of June 30, officially ending Mayo's offerings across the state. Mayo previously ended its home health care option in Cannon Falls (2009), Fairmont (2011) and Austin (2012), according to Mayo spokeswoman Kathy Liedal.

This week's moves will impact about 50 patients in Albert Lea and 70 in Red Wing, though Mayo has promised to "work closely with patients and families to transition care to other home health providers" in the area.

It's unclear how many employees are impacted by Monday's news.

"As we work to build a system of health care across Southeast Minnesota that provides affordable, sustainable care for area residents, we need to look beyond the walls of our Mayo Clinic facilities and include the many resources located in our communities," said David Agerter, Regional Vice President of Mayo Clinic Health System.

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"Mayo Clinic Health System's core business, the way that we bring the best value to our patients, is to deliver inpatient (hospital) and outpatient care. We recognize that there are high-quality community agencies who are better positioned to offer other services, such as home health care, because that is their main focus."

Mayo's press release says that hospice programs will remain open in Albert Lea, Austin and Red Wing.

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