WinnMed Board of Trustees and Mayo Clinic Health System announce change to management services agreement

June 27, 2024

Decorah, IOWA — At this afternoon’s special board meeting, the WinnMed Board of Trustees responded to a notice provided by Mayo Clinic Health System (MCHS) that the current management services agreement (MSA) with WinnMed will not be renewed when it expires on July 1, 2025.

The WinnMed Board of Trustees discussed how to proceed with a new WinnMed leadership structure to replace the existing roles covered by the MSA. They voted to appoint Steve Slessor, the current chief administrative officer under the MSA as the new WinnMed chief administrative officer and, pending successful hiring, directed him to continue in his leadership role.

 “We have enjoyed the key benefits of our relationship with Mayo Clinic Health System and look forward to the new paths, relationships and opportunities that lie before us,” says Clark Goltz, chair of the WinnMed Board of Trustees. “The WinnMed board will work hard to develop options for our physicians so they can continue to serve here. We have a remarkable staff at WinnMed and know, with their support and the support of our entire community, we will continue our mission to ‘be worthy of the trust our patients place in us.'”

 “WinnMed is in a strong position to employ the existing leaders and pursue its goals independently,” says Robert Albright Jr., D.O., Mayo Clinic Health System regional vice president. “We appreciate and value the history of this partnership, and we look forward to collaborating to ensure patients in and around Decorah continue to receive high-quality care.”

Additionally, MCHS has voiced intentions to the WinnMed Board of Trustees to engage in negotiations with WinnMed leaders to develop a modified, long-term professional services agreement, which would take effect in July 2025 for the MCHS physicians who practice at WinnMed.

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