After 10 years, the Scandia Clinic will be closing its doors and consolidating services with the Clinic at Osceola Medical Center starting January 4.

"This decision was not taken lightly as we know many community members have come to rely on the Scandia Clinic," said Matt Forge, CEO of Osceola Medical Center. "A number of factors contributed to this decision, including service and facility upgrades to meet community needs; staffing changes and gaps over the last couple of years; and fiscal strains brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic."

Although the pandemic has been putting pressure on the health industry, It wasn't the sole reason for this decision, he said.

"The uncertainties surrounding the pandemic are speeding up our process. COVID placed extra pressure on us as an organization; it made us quicken -- faster than what we wished -- our evaluation of how to continue providing quality and safe health care."

For more please read the Dec. 23 print version of the Messenger. 

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