Dallas nursing home workers and families may be more than able to retire at the Mayo Clinic in the city’s heart, but not in its operating room.
The Mayo Clinic, which has two hospitals in Dallas, has announced plans to shutter its operations in 2018.
“The Mayo Clinic has made the decision to close its Mayo Clinic and DART Center facilities for the remainder of the fiscal year,” the hospital said in a statement to ABC News.
“We are not able to close our facilities in 2019 due to financial constraints, which we will discuss with the City of Dallas.”
In 2018, the Mayo clinic shut down operations in Dallas and Fort Worth, and the DART center in Dallas was the only facility that operated in both cities.
But the Mayo facility, which serves over 2.5 million patients, has no other facilities left to operate.
The Dallas hospital’s move was welcomed by the Dallas Nurses Association, which is also the group that lobbied for the closure of the Mayo clinics.
“It was a tough decision to make,” said Julie Hines, a spokeswoman for the DNASA.
“There are people working in the operating room at Mayo and Darts and Mayo and other hospitals in Texas that do care for the elderly and in nursing homes.
We hope the Mayo closure helps keep some of those people employed.”
For decades, Mayo Clinic’s medical staff worked at the hospitals in both the U.S. and Canada.
But since the hospital moved operations to Dallas, the number of patients treated at the two facilities has fallen, and nursing home employees have seen their pay cut.
Mayo Clinic said it would continue to help provide care in Dallas through its care-provider network, and it will continue to offer services to families.
“In light of this announcement, Mayo is working to close Mayo Clinic facilities in 2018 and 2019,” the Mayo Foundation said in the statement.
“This will help ensure the health and well-being of Mayo Clinic staff, their families, and our community.
We look forward to seeing you again.”