Herington clinics, hospital close

Hillsboro Healthcare Clinic, located at 108 S Main St. in Hillsboro, closed its doors on Oct.7.

According to a press release from earlier in the week, the reason given was that the clinic would no longer participate in the Medicare Program. This reportedly led to the agreement between Hillsboro Healthcare Clinic and the Secretary of Health and Human Services being terminated in accordance with the provisions of the Social Security Act.

“We’re disappointed to see the Herington clinic on Main Street close. The city has a great working relationship with the Hillsboro Community Hospital, but our relationship to Herington wasn’t as developed. It’s an unfortunate situation for the patients using the Hillsboro clinic but a huge blow to the Herington community. Herington Hospital made a significant investment in downtown Hillsboro, over $2 million, and I hope that those improvements can be used by someone else for a productive purpose,” said Hillsboro City Administrator Matt Stiles.

The press release also stated that Kayla Meyer/Interim COO of Herington Hospital, Inc.; Shannon Hoffer, APRN FNP-C; and Jennifer Davidson, PA-C, would be continuing to practice at the Herington Area Health Clinic and would be available to see patients at 1005 N B Street in Herington. However, over the weekend, reports began to circulate that Herington Hospital and the Herington Area Health Clinic were closing.

No follow-up press releases have been issued, but the Herington Hospital website has been taken down, and a phone call to the hospital Monday afternoon confirmed that the hospital is closing. No closing date was given.

For those who would like to continue to be seen in Hillsboro, the clinic at the Hillsboro Community Hospital remains an option.

“We are going to be here for any patient or anyone we can. Our providers are available to see any patients from there. We want to make sure they can still get their health care locally, and we are here for them,” said Hillsboro Community Hospital and Clinic CEO Mark Rooker.

St. Luke Hospital and Medical Clinic in Marion is another option for those who find themselves needing new healthcare.

“We are saddened to hear of the closure of the Herington Hospital and know the impact it will have on the patients, community and staff for years to come. In response, St. Luke Hospital and Medical Clinic are currently accepting new patients, and we are prepared to help care for any patient who needs to find a new provider. To establish with a new provider please call St. Luke Medical Clinic at 620-382-2033. For any other questions or needs, please contact St. Luke Hospital at 620-382-2177. Impacted employees are welcome to review our current job openings at www.slhmarion.org/jobs,” said St. Luke Hospital CEO Alex Haines RN MHCL.

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