Grand Meadow has a population of 1,140 people. They are 25 miles from Rochester Mayo Clinic, and 23 miles from Austin Mayo Clinic. It seems to be more economical and efficient to have a physician drive that distance once a day than the patients. There are 40 residents in the nursing home and many more in the assisted living that benefit from visits by a doctor. Without the presence of a clinic in the neighborhood, these residents will have much less frequent care.
The closing will also hurt the local economy in that people who travel to Austin and Rochester for health care will also spend more money while there, completing their shopping errands at the same time.