(Albert Lea, MN) – Two clinics in small southern Minnesota communities will close their doors for good at the end of the month.

Mayo Clinic Health System announced that facilities in Alden and Kiester will close effective Friday, January 25th, citing the inability to staff the clinics at a level that provides proper clinical care.

“This decision was not made lightly, as we understand how and where people receive health care is a very important issue,” said Jay Mitchell, M.D., chair of outpatient practice for Mayo’s Southeast Minnesota Region.  “We believe patients’ health care needs will be better served in other nearby clinic locations in Lake Mills, New Richland, Wells, and Albert Lea.”

Data shows that approximately 70 – 80 percent of Alden’s patients came from areas outside of Alden, which Kiester patients came from multiple areas outside of the town.  Each clinic was averaging 6 to 10 patients per day.  December 31, 2018 was the last day at either clinic that there was a prescribing provider.

Mayo Clinic Health System says that the ten staff members of the two clinics have already received positions elsewhere, and no jobs will be lost.

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