I am a 10-year patient at the Internal Medicine clinic on Highway 50. I have learned from staff that they are closing at the end of December, and I have yet to be informed of that by HRRMC. In an interview with KVRH CEO Ken Leisher said that letters regarding the status of Internal Medicine services will go out in the next two weeks. That leaves precious little time to find a new doctor, have records transferred, get prescriptions transferred, etc.
The specialty of Internal Medicine is simply a general practioner for adults. The reason given for closing the clinic is that it is not producing ENOUGH profits. I find this decision to be misguided and very harmful to the public that HRRMC serves.
Many of these patients are elderly and not able to navigate the maze of medical bureaucracy and will be terrorized at the news. The board and the management of HRRMC are doing this with financial concerns, trumping the medical welfare of the public they are obligated to serve! We levied a tax on ourselves to allow these directors to consider more than just the BOTTOM LINE.
This is a BAD DECISION and will hurt many people, more than 1,300 according to KVRH. I hope that you and those who are concerned with the quality of health care in this valley will speak up and ask the CEO and board of HRRMC to reconsider their decision to close the Internal Medicine clinic.
Poncha Springs, Colo.