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COVID-19 care winding down at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul


April 15, 2021

M Health Fairview is phasing out a standalone inpatient model of COVID-19 care that started at Bethesda Hospital (pictured) and then moved to St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul. Inpatient COVID-19 care at St. Joseph's is slated to shut down by the end of May. DAVID JOLES •

Fairview Health plans to cease COVID-19 inpatient care at St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul by the end of May, predicting that vaccination progress will reduce the need for that level of pandemic care.

COVID-19 care is one of the last remaining inpatient services at the money-losing downtown hospital, which has undergone a gradual shutdown. Fairview Health leaders said they are starting the transition to give doctors, nurses and others time to find jobs elsewhere in the system.

St. Joseph's will provide inpatient COVID-19 care as long as needed, but pandemic modeling suggests that need won't last much longer, said Dr. Andrew Olson, medical director for COVID-19 hospital medicine for M Health Fairview, the clinical partnership between Fairview and the University of Minnesota.


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