RED WING, Minn. — June 7, 2012 —Representatives from Mayo Clinic, Fairview Health Services and Fairview Red Wing Health Services signed a tentative agreement today for Fairview Red Wing Health Services to become part of Mayo Clinic Health System. This agreement comes after months of discussion. The parties will work to finalize the details of the agreement and acquisition during the next several weeks, targeting July 1 for Mayo Clinic Health System to assume operations.
"The goal of our discussions has always been to focus on how we can best meet the health care needs of the area," says Rob Nesse, M.D., CEO, Mayo Clinic Health System. "Mayo Clinic and Fairview Red Wing have had a long-standing relationship of working together to provide care. This integration will assure our patients, families and the communities we serve that they have access to the best possible care as close to home as possible and to know that their care is backed by Mayo Clinic's knowledge and resources."
"Fairview Health Services has been an exceptional health care partner in Red Wing since 1997," says Scott Wordelman, CEO of Fairview Red Wing, who will step aside following the transition.
"Fairview's support and investments have allowed Fairview Red Wing to grow and become a strong regional health care hub, setting the stage for this next step in regional health care. Fairview's focus in these discussions has been to identify the best way to provide comprehensive care to the communities surrounding Red Wing and we believe that aligning our integrated regional health care system with Mayo Clinic Health System will best achieve that goal."</>
Tom Witt, M.D., CEO at Mayo Clinic Health System sites in Cannon Falls and Lake City, will also serve as CEO of the Red Wing location and its regional facilities. Dr. Witt was a physician in Red Wing prior to joining Mayo Clinic Health System and served as a physician leader during the discussion process.
Mayo Clinic, Fairview Health Services and Fairview Red Wing began discussing this change in fall 2011. More details on the change will be announced in the coming weeks.
About Fairview Red Wing Health Services
Fairview Red Wing Health Services is an integrated health care system providing primary and specialty care in the Medical Center in Red Wing with outreach clinics in Zumbrota, Minn., and Ellsworth, Wis. In addition, Fairview Red Wing Home Care and Hospice and The Downtown Plaza senior apartments are part of Fairview Red Wing Health Services, which provides a continuum of care throughout the region.
About Mayo Clinic Health System
Mayo Clinic Health System is a family of clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities serving more than 70 communities in Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Georgia. It links the expertise of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., with health care providers in local communities to improve local health care and make world-class care accessible close to home. More than 2.5 million patient visits take place annually at Mayo Clinic Health System facilities.
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