For immediate release November 5, 2020
Heart of America Johnson Clinic Rugby Changing Operations
Rugby, ND –
In a decision made today by Dustin Hager, COO of Heart of America Johnson Clinics, with support from Erik Christenson, CEO of Heart of America Medical Center and the medical staff, the following temporary operational changes will take place starting tomorrow, November 6, 2020.
Due to increased staff shortages from the rise in COVID-19 positivity, Johnson Clinic in Rugby will no longer be open for non-urgent care appointments. A walk-in, urgent care clinic will be available for patients who need care for non-emergency injuries and minor medical needs that require attention and acute concerns, but are not requiring an emergency room visit. The respiratory clinic continue operating full days, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday to allow for patients who may be experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or other respiratory issues and illness. In addition we will continue our drive through testing program at Haaland Estates parking complex.
In a statement from Dustin Hager, “Our staffing has reached critical levels in the organization. Caring for COVID positive patients requires more time, attention, and resources, many of which we are critically low on. This effort will help us adjust staffing to meet the needs of our sickest patients. I am hopeful that these measures will only be required for the next 2-4 weeks at which time we hope to return to more of a normal operation.”
Heart of America Medical Center would like to thank our communities for their continued support and remind residents of the importance of wearing facial masks, maintaining social distancing and following hand hygiene.
Darcie Rose, Public Information Officer
701.776.5455 ext. 2218