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Home health care services coming to a close

Mayo Clinic Health System will no longer provide home health care services in Red Wing starting June 30, 2017. The program will work closely with patients and families to help transition care to other home health providers in the Red Wing area.

Home health services will also be discontinued in Albert Lea. Hospice programs in Albert Lea, Austin and Red Wing will remain open.

"Mayo Clinic Health System's core business, the way that we bring the best value to our patients, is to deliver inpatient and outpatient care," said David Agerter, M.D., regional vice president. "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 Clinic Health System in Red Wing will work directly with each of the approximately 70 patients involved, as well as with the affected home health staff to provide a smooth transition for all involved.

"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," Agerter said.

Goodhue County Health & Human Services will also be stepping in to smoothen the transition for those who will need to switch providers.

"We're reaching out and telling them we're doing the best to find them another provider," said Theresa Miller, waiver supervisor at Goodhue County Health & Human Services.

For those with questions and concerns, contact www.minnesotahealth.info for home care agencies, the Senior LinkAge Line for seniors at 800-333-2433 or the Disability Linkage Line for those under 65 at 866-333-2466.

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