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Stevens Community Medical Center to close New London clinic at end of 2014

MORRIS — Stevens Community Medical Center has announced it will close its clinic in New London at the end of 2014.

Officials announced the decision this month, saying it followed several months of financial analysis of the overhead costs of maintaining the site in New London.

The Stevens Community Medical Center Specialty Clinic in New London provides allergy, asthma, immunology and dermatology care five days a week. It is staffed by three outreach physicians who also provide care at other SCMC sites.

Closing the clinic “has been a very difficult decision, but is in the best interest of SCMC,” officials said in a statement.

One of the doctors is retiring at the end of 2014 and the other two will continue their practice in Morris and at other outreach sites.

The clinic building, on Minnesota Highway 23, will go up for sale once the site is closed, according to SCMC.

Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at http://healthbeat.areavoices.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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