AUSTIN, Minn. - The Mower County Board approved Lisa Kocer's recommendation to close down the Family Planning Clinic at their annual session at the Mower County Government Center on Tuesday.
Lisa Kocer is the director of Mower County Health and Human Services. She tells KIMT it was a difficult decision to make. "There are some very, very dedicated nursing personnel and providers, our partner providers, that have worked really hard to keep it going all these years, so it is kind of bittersweet but I know it's the right decision," she explains.
Kocer says the need for the clinic isn't as high as it was when it opened. Acccording to the clinic's data, their number of clients has significantly decreased since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010.
The clinic will undergo a transitional period between now and its scheduled closure on September 30, 2018. Staff will be working one-on-one with clients to make sure their family planning needs will be met somewhere else and that they have enough contraceptives to last them until they change care.
The board also approved for the public health nurse to be reassigned to a different department. According to Kocer, no jobs will be lost over the closure of the clinic.