Mayo Clinic officials have announced the clinic will close.
The clinic will remain open as a medical center.
The clinic has operated in the downtown Phoenix area for the last few years.
It is the last remaining clinic of its kind in the United States, and was started in the early 1990s as a hospital for the poor and elderly.
“It was not the right time for us to close the clinic,” Dr. Peter Parnell, the clinic’s executive director, said in a statement.
“The facility is the best care and treatment center for the elderly in the Phoenix area.
The closure is a blow to the many residents who have worked there, and to the city of Phoenix, which has been working for more than 40 years to provide an environment that is safe and hospitable to our patients and staff.
We are grateful for all the support we have received from Phoenix and will continue to provide care to our community and to those who visit the clinic.”
The move will leave the Phoenix Eye Center with about 1,200 patients.
On Friday, the facility’s staff began accepting patients and began accepting appointments.
The move comes after several closures, including the closure of the hospital and the closure in 2014 of the clinic.
More to come.