(Springfield MN-) KNUJ Radio says Mayo Clinic Health Systems has announced its Lamberton and Springfield locations will close on March 1st of 2020. Mayo will close the hospital and Emergency Department in Springfield as well as its clinics in Springfield and Lamberton. Mayo said that the decision comes after review of patient volumes, staffing issues, and regulatory concerns.

So far in 2019, the Springfield hospital has admitted a total of nine inpatients and an additional 28 patients for overnight observation. The Emergency Department sees an average of three to four patients per day. Based on their diagnoses and severity of illness, most of the Emergency Department patients could have been treated in Urgent Care or a regular clinic, and the others could have been safely transferred to another facility.

While a hospital and Emergency Department will no longer be operating in Springfield, another Minnesota health care organization has expressed serious interest in working with the Springfield community and city officials to establish outpatient clinic services for the area. The closure will affect approximately 60 employees.

Mayo Clinic Health System leaders will continue to meet with community and legislative leaders to answer questions and discuss transition plans over the next several weeks.