Mayo Regional Hospital has announced that it will be closing its primary care office in Guilford. The official closure date for Guilford Medical Associates is April 5, 2019.
The practice has experienced significant provider turnover in the past year and a half, which officials say led to the closure. Dr. Bernard Perlman was most recently practicing at Guilford Medical Associates for about six months and recently gave his notice of departure.
“This is a decision that was difficult to make, but we must deal with the reality of being a small, rural hospital in a time where hospital systems are becoming more necessary for sustainability,” said Marie Vienneau, President and CEO of Mayo Regional Hospital. “Recruiting a long-term replacement provider in Guilford has simply proven to be impossible. Staffing challenges have led to financial losses for Guilford Medical Associates that the hospital is unable to absorb. This is an unfortunate reality. However, we are confident in our mission to provide high quality care for people in this region, and staying focused on making Mayo Regional Hospital a resource for many years to come.”
Provider recruitment has become a bigger challenge for the hospital over the past 15 years, as physicians and non-physician provider demand increases regionally and nationally.
Staff at the clinic are expected to re-assign to other Mayo practices in the region. A temporary provider, Dr. Jane Park will be seeing patients of Guilford Medical Associates until April. All patients are encouraged to make arrangements to transfer their care to another provider as soon as possible. Mayo has openings in its clinics in Milo, Dexter, Corinth and limited availability in Dover Foxcroft. Northern Light CA Dean and Hometown Health also offer primary care in the nearby area, with a Northern Light CA Dean clinic located about a half mile from Guilford Medical Associates. Patients looking to transfer care within the Mayo System, should call Debbie Sawyer at 564-1224.
“This was a very difficult decision for the Mayo Board and Administration to arrive at,” said Vienneau. “Our goal is to expand access to high quality, healthcare services not decrease them. There are challenges with delivering care in rural areas, and Mayo Regional Hospital sees those challenges every day. We will continue working to ensure stability for quality care in this region for the long term. That is our mission and our priority.”