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08/25/2017

After consultation with community officials and in collaboration with Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center, Mayo Clinic Health System today announced Lutz Wing Nursing Home will discontinue operations. No exact date of closure has been determined, but hospital leaders expect it will occur by Dec. 1.

Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont has secured the necessary approvals and support from its community board of directors, County Social Services, the Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health to move forward. In addition, Mayo Clinic Health System leaders have conducted meetings with community officials and state legislators to solicit input and guidance through the process.

“The decision to discontinue operations of Lutz Wing is the result of a thorough evaluation of long-term skilled nursing care options in the Fairmont region and how Mayo Clinic can best serve our patients,” says Marie Morris, M.D., Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont medical director. “We’re fortunate to have a wonderful skilled nursing facility in Fairmont, Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center, and six additional facilities within 30 miles.”

Mayo Clinic Health System will continue to provide rehabilitation services and medical coverage to area nursing home residents, as well as swing bed care in its facility.

“Mayo Clinic Health System’s core competencies involve caring for patients in clinical, hospital and emergency settings,” says James Hebl, M.D., regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System. “Our nursing home partners in the Fairmont area excel in caring for individuals with specialized long-term needs. The collective goal is to make sure patients and residents are receiving expert care in the appropriate setting.”

Locally, Lakeview officials are collaborating with Mayo Clinic Health System to offer consultation and facilitate resident transitions for those who choose to relocate to Lakeview, which provides both short- and long-term skilled nursing care.

"Lakeview enjoys a deep, collaborative relationship with Mayo Clinic Health System in Fairmont, with Dr. Jeffrey Green as our medical director and Adria Whiting as our on-site nurse practitioner,” says Deb Barnes, Lakeview Methodist Health Care Center Administrator. “We are partners in a very successful pilot project for residents with congestive heart failure, and Fairmont hospital is the provider of choice when our residents need acute care. Our hope is that this decision to centralize specialties and long-term care in Fairmont leads to an even stronger partnership and unmatched service for this community."

“We’re partnering with current Lutz Wing residents, family members and staff over the next few months to ensure a smooth transition,” says Dr. Morris. “We’ll continue to work closely with County Social Services, community leaders, Lakeview and other organizations to manage the process and eliminate unnecessary burdens for residents and their families.”

Mayo Clinic Health System will soon announce plans for use of the vacated Lutz Wing space. However, medical center leaders say the growing oncology and infusion therapy practice is considered a possible fit.

For more information on the Lutz Wing transition, visit mayoclinichealthsystem.org/lutzwing.


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