2/16/2018 12:58:00 PM County Board disappointed by Rush City clinic announcement of upcoming closure
The County Board agreed last week to send a letter to Fairview Health Services regarding a reported closure of the Rush City Fairview Clinic this spring.
The clinic was the topic of discussion at a community information meeting held the night before the county board meeting, last week in Rush City.
Fifth District Commissioner Mike Robinson, of Rush City, calls it a “bad deal” and he told the county board he wants Fairview to keep the Rush City facility. Nobody representing Fairview was at the community meeting, Robinson added.
The Press contacted a Fairview communications specialist, who said the organization “...thanks the members of the Rush City community who have shared their concerns with us. We are working with city leaders and community members to discuss viable options for continuing to provide care to the Rush City community.”
The county was interconnected with the clinic, due to using it as a location to house a Certified Nurse Specialist, a position funded by the Regional Mental Health Initiative.
Nancy Dahlin, County HHS Director, said the county is hoping for continued co-locating of this service, possibly at another Fairview site in Chisago County. The county has a grant of $7,500 to use to support renting. A request has been posted in a notice asking for information from providers interested in offering space.
Dahlin stressed that “coordination of medical and mental health care results in better outcomes...co-locating with the clinic made sense.”
She went on to describe a trend in mental health care that blends access to primary doctor/nurse medical with behavioral health services. Integrating these improves availability for one thing, it saves money and “...improves the consumer and provider experience,” Dahlin concluded.
The letter to Fairview’s CEO and President, from the Board, says “the county is looking forward to a continued relationship in servicing this growing group of community members and that Fairview should continue seeking opportunities to continue to maintain its service presence in Rush City.”
The future of Rush City’s Fairview Pharmacy is undetermined, and the Board letter does not reference it specifically except to say the two sites have been “an integral part of the livelihood, sustainability and forward growth of the Rush City community.”