Mayo acquires Red Wing, Minn., health systemFairview Red Wing Health Services will become Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Minn., as of July 1. Thursday’s announcement ended months of speculation as the community awaited word on negotiations between Fairview Red Wing, Fairview Health System and Mayo Clinic.
By: Anne Jacobson, Forum Communications
Fairview Red Wing Health Services will become Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, Minn., as of July 1.
Thursday’s announcement ended months of speculation as the community awaited word on negotiations between Fairview Red Wing, Fairview Health System and Mayo Clinic.
The official statement described the agreement as tentative, because the parties must finalize details in the coming weeks. But the smiles and comments that accompanied the announcement were confident.
“There was enthusiasm and, I think, a bit of relief on the part of our organization to finally be able to have clarity on the future direction,” Fairview Red Wing CEO Scott Wordelman said of staff reaction. “It really does create an excitement for a very, very bright future for health care in Red Wing. You could read that in the body language.”
Wordelman said he will serve through the transition and then step aside June 30.
Based in Rochester, Minn., Mayo began collaborating with Grand Forks-based Altru Health System last year, naming Altru to its Clinic Care Network that gives access to Mayo’s expertise.
Dr. Tom Witt will serve as CEO of the new Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing, a position he holds and will continue to hold at the system’s Cannon Falls, Minn., and Lake City, Minn., facilities. Red Wing — with its integrated medical campus, the satellite clinics in Zumbrota and Ellsworth as well as auxiliary services including hospice, home care, Downtown Plaza and Seminary Home — will be the hub.
“We’ve worked together to try meet the needs of these communities in the past and I think we all look forward to the potential of all being on the same team, to make that happen. That’s the unique opportunity we intend to capitalize on,” Witt said.
“Mayo is very excited for this day,” said Dr. Dave Ageter, CEO of Mayo Clinic Health System’s southeastern Minnesota region. “It’s a great way of looking at 20 years of Mayo Clinic Health System. Now on the 20th anniversary, we’re adding in a premiere medical center to part of this organization.”
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