TOPEKA—Stormont Vail Health announced today plans to close two regional clinics.
Cotton O’Neil Lyndon will close Dec. 31, 2016, and Cotton O’Neil Alma will close Jan. 31, 2017.
“Stormont Vail Health and Cotton O’Neil have been proud members of these communities for many years,” said Deb Yocum, vice president and clinical operations officer. “And while we may not have a physical clinic in those towns, the care of our patients there remains our priority.”
Clinic staff will work with current patients in both locations to transfer their care to other clinic locations including Osage, Carbondale and Lebo for patients at the Lyndon Clinic; and Wamego, Rossville and Manhattan for patients of the Alma clinic. Diana Katt, M.D., from the Alma Clinic has graciously agreed to relocate her practice to the Cotton O’Neil Wamego clinic and will welcome all of her Alma patients.
Patients will receive a letter describing how to transition their care. Stormont Vail Health will continue to review ways to help maintain access to primary care for these communities.
“We want the people of Lyndon and Alma, and the surrounding area, to know that this decision was not made lightly. However, the current four percent Medicaid cuts, which totaled $3 million in reduced reimbursement for Stormont Vail Health, along with the impact of the state’s failure to expand Medicaid makes it difficult to continue to fund these community clinics,” stated Randy Peterson, president and CEO.
Stormont Vail Health is making every effort to provide continued employment for the staff affected by these changes.
“Stormont Vail Health is facing a monumental task: to continue to provide compassionate, high quality and integrated care, all while experiencing continued cutbacks. Unfortunately that causes us to have to make difficult decisions like this one, so that we can continue to provide comprehensive care for the region,” Peterson explained.