Blooming Prairie Clinic

The Blooming Prairie clinic, which is located on Main Street, will open on Tuesday, Sept. 16, after closing more than a year ago. It will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays. (Press file photo)

BLOOMING PRAIRIE — Nearly two months after announcing that the Blooming Prairie clinic would reopen later this summer, Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin and Owatonna have set a date.

The clinic will open on Tuesday, Sept. 16.

“We are very excited to be able to collaborate between the Owatonna and Austin campuses to reopen the Blooming Prairie clinic,” said Dr. Brian Bunkers, CEO and president at Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna and Faribault. “We have been able to create a new streamlined model of care that will meet the health care needs of patients locally in the Blooming Prairie area.”

The Blooming Prairie clinic, which was operated by Mayo Clinic Health System in Austin, closed in August 2013 after the clinic’s nurse practitioner resigned, and there was no one willing to staff it.

In January, Tammy Kritzer, the operations administrator for both the Austin and Albert Lea campuses of Mayo Clinic Health System, said Mayo was looking beyond Austin to staff the Blooming Prairie clinic.

And in July, Mayo Clinic Health System in Owatonna announced that one of its medical providers will fill the position at the Blooming Prairie clinic.

“It is important in today’s changing health care environment that we remain flexible and innovative as we work together to keep patients healthy and well in the future,” Bunkers said.

Starting next week, Dawn Ritter, a certified nurse practitioner in Owatonna, will provide health care at the clinic twice a week.

“I am excited and proud to have the opportunity to visit with people at the Blooming Prairie clinic,” Ritter said. “Many staff in Owatonna and Austin have been instrumental in making the reopening happen. I will work very hard to support this community.”

The clinic will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.

This summer, Bunkers said the Blooming Prairie clinic will be open two days a week, but as patient volumes build, Mayo will look at expanding that.

The clinic will offer traditional acute care, chronic disease management, wellness examinations and limited labs. There will be no X-ray service offered, but the pharmacy will continue to remain open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To schedule an appointment at the Blooming Prairie clinic call 507-583-7225.

Reach reporter Ashley Stewart at 444-2378 or follow her on Twitter.com @OPPashley

Owatonna People's Press reporter covering Steele County, Blooming Prairie and Medford government as well as health, transportation and community happenings. University of St. Thomas graduate.

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