Letter: Monticello Clinic, CentraCare working to improve relationship

To the editor:

I would like to take the opportunity to update our patients and the general public in regards to our clinic’s relationship with our local hospital, now CentraCare Health – Monticello. As many are aware, the last few years have been difficult, and our relationship strained.
Many things happened that deeply concerned us, including the process that brought a new affiliation to our community.
We are pleased that CentraCare has shown genuine interest in trying to repair the relationship between our independent clinic and the hospital.
They have taken the time and listened to both sides of the story.  Mary Ellen Wells, the new administrator of the hospital, has a vision of the hospital and physicians working together to provide better care for the people of our community.
We agree with that approach, and are meeting with her and her administration regularly to make that vision a reality.
An example of progress being made is that physicians from our group are actively working with the hospital to reopen labor and delivery and the nursery.
It will take time to rebuild what has been broken, but together we have started that process.
Our clinic has been serving the community for over 25 years.  We look optimistically to the future.

John Hering, MD

Editor’s Note: Hering is the current president of the Monticello/Buffalo/Albertville-St. Michael Clinics