Moose Lake Star Gazette 

Sad to see Gateway doctors no longer serving Sandstone patients

 


To the community,

The last couple months have gone by slowly for some, more quickly for others as we have adjusted our lives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We at Gateway Clinic understand this has had a profound effect on many individuals in the communities we serve. At Gateway Clinic, we have adopted safety protocols recommended by the CDC and Minnesota Department of Health including daily screening of staff and patients to keep everyone safe as we resume clinical operations.

We are also requiring all patients and staff to wear a mask. We have reopened our Hinckley Clinic and are bringing all our employees back to work. We are seeing patients in-person and via tele-medicine at all our clinics and we encourage patients to make appointments to ensure chronic medical issues and health maintenance issues are being managed appropriately.

If you missed an appointment because of the pandemic and you are not sure if you should schedule an in-person appointment or tele-appointment, please call us and we will accommodate you in whatever fashion is most appropriate.

Also, we have some disappointing news to share. Gateway Clinic and Essentia have had a long-standing relationship which has been of mutual benefit to both organizations as well as the communities we serve.

For more than 19 years, our physicians have been the sole group responsible for caring for all the inpatients at the hospital in Sandstone. We have developed a great relationship with the excellent ER doctors who rotate through the hospital, as well as the top-notch nurses and other staff.

This has helped create a stable hospital system the community can feel confident in. The building of the new hospital and clinic, as well as this strong partnership, has helped bring more services and specialists to our local area.

However, Essentia has recently decided that local Gateway doctors will no longer be the providers of choice to care for the inpatients in Sandstone.

This is disappointing on so many levels, but what we will miss the most is the continuity of care with our patients.

Our Gateway Clinic medical staff and our clinics in Sandstone, Moose Lake and Hinckley are not affected by this change, so you can still schedule a clinic visit with your Gateway physician.

Gateway physicians will also continue to provide inpatient care at Mercy Hospital in Moose Lake and continue caring for our patients who are residents in local nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

Gateway Clinic will continue to provide you with the quality care you have come to expect from our physicians and we look forward to serving you.

We hope everyone is faring well and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Signed,

Bridget Dewey, M.D,

Gateway Clinic Internal Medicine/Pediatric; Essentia Health Sandstone Chief of Staff

Ryan Harden, M.D.

Gateway Clinic Family Medicine physician; Gateway Medical Director

 

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