HealthPartners closing 7 clinics with COVID-19 changes
July 2, 2020
HealthPartners is permanently closing seven clinics plus a drug and alcohol treatment program as health system officials say COVID-19 has accelerated a shift of patients from brick-and-mortar medical offices to online health care.
This spring, Bloomington-based HealthPartners and other clinic networks across Minnesota announced temporary closures for some medical offices as stay-at-home orders and pandemic concerns prompted many patients not to use the clinics. A ban on elective procedures to conserve supplies for COVID-19 also sapped demand for health care this spring.
Some clinics are reopening as elective surgeries resume and patients return to medical offices, but HealthPartners announced Wednesday that it will not reopen seven of its clinics as well as the drug and alcohol program at Regions Hospital in St. Paul.