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Wellington Daily News - Wellington, KS
  • Update: Wellington Family Practice Clinic to close in May

  • A few new details have become known about the closing doctor's office
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  • Wellington Family Practice Clinic will be closing in May. Director of Communications Sherry Hill confirmed the clinic is closing but had no other comment about the situation.
    A letter to WFPC patients, sent out on Thursday, April 18, states the clinic will be closing on May 24.
    "After that date we will no longer be seeing or caring for patients, taking phone calls, or refilling prescriptions," the letter states. The document goes on to say that Sumner Regional Medical Center will be the custodian of all medical records after the clinic closes.
    Rumors of the local emergency room closing with the clinic are false, SRMC ensure that service remains.
    "The hospital will continue to work with the remaining physicians and other providers to cover the Emergency Room and other service areas we are responsible for," said Leonard Hernandez, President and CEO of SRMC. "The Board, Administration and Physicians stand committed to making and keeping all of our current hospital services available to patients from our community and the surrounding areas for many years to come."
    Wellington area residents who had used the clinic for their health care won't be left completely out in the cold though.
    The Sumner County Family Care Center try to fill the void the closing of the other clinic will create.
    "We are doing the best we can to accommodate as many of those employees and patients as we can," said Sumner County Family Care Center spokesperson Darla McGovern.
    SCFCC has hired Whitney Newberry - currently a nurse practitioner at the closing facility - and Physicians Assistant Candace Giefer-Lira to help increase their capacity to handle new patients.
    "We take all insurance and we can help patients make the transition to our facility," McGovern said. Sumner County Family Care Center has been in operation in Wellington since 1976. As for the doctors at the soon-to-be closed facility, the afore mentioned letter provides a few details of their plans.
    "Dr. [Lawrence] Will is retiring from active clinic practice. Dr. [Joseph] Baker will be joining Dr. Paul Cheatum with Innovative Vein in Wichita, Kan. Dr. [Tamara] McCue will continue seeing patients in long term care and assisted living in Wellington and Sumner County," the letter reads, and is signed by all three doctors.
    "It has bee our pleasure to serve this community with their medical needs for the past several years," the letter concludes.

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