Here's more on the interesting drama unfolding at Satilla Regional Medical Center in Waycross, Ga., which Mayo Clinic Florida was a partner in operating until last Friday, when it announced the end of that agreement.
According to Gwinnett Daily Post, "Mayo Clinic’s startling decision to pull out of its “'integration agreement’' with Satilla Health Services has left the South Georgia hospital with an uncertain future."
"Three years ago, Mayo Clinic, a renowned Minnesota-based health system, struck an agreement with Satilla Health Services — featuring a 231-bed hospital and two nursing homes — and renamed it Mayo Clinic Health System in Waycross. The South Georgia city is a few miles from the Florida line and only about 80 miles from Mayo’s Florida campus in Jacksonville."
But Mayo announced it's abandoning that idea to focus on specialized care at its main campus, and this story also notes that the hospital was losing money, which "may have been a factor in Mayo’s decision.”
The story also says that the Mayo announcement blindsided at least one key player associated with the medical center.
Mayo doesn't often back off an initiative of this kind, especially when it produces a public relations black eye. I can't recall a comparable change in Mayo Clinic Health System in this area.