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Gilbert medical clinic closes Casa Blanca planning to file for bankruptcy ByKristenGo The Arizona Republic A Gilbert medical clinic that has nearly 15,000 patients patients on its rolls shut its doors Tuesday. The Casa Blanca Clinic plans to file for bankruptcy protection later this week. Meanwhile, some doctors reorganized reorganized to start their own group effective today while other doctors and staff were still interviewing and figuring figuring out what to do. Last Friday, about 10 doctors doctors and 125 staff members were notified that the clinic was closing. The move was made after nearly 60 doctors resigned last spring because of disagreements over how the center's operator, Phycor, was managing the clinic. Phycor and Casa Blanca severed their relationship Aug. 1 with the 10 remaining doctors operating the clinic. The cost to manage the clinic and settle the legal bills of doctors who had left was too much of a financial strain, said Dr. Collin Udall, a physician physician with the clinic. Fifteen minutes before the clinic closed Tuesday, a line about 20 people deep waited to obtain medical records. Judith and Maurice Moeser, both 72, made a visit to Casa Blanca to pick up their records, but they're still confused about why the clinic is closing. "We've asked a lot of questions, questions, but they're not saying anything to us. We're not getting any answers," Judith said. The two have been patients patients there for about 15 years. Udall said he understands the confusion, but he wants to reassure patients that their needs will be met while doctors doctors move into different practices. practices. "We don't want any patient to get lost through the cracks," Udall said. He and three other doctors are opening their own group in the same building today. Udall said that his group will handle prescription requests and notify patients about their lab results. Patients who would like more information about how to reach their doctor or obtain obtain medical records can still call (480) 926-6200. 926-6200. 926-6200. Republic reporter Lindsey Collom contributed to this report. Reach the reporter at kristen.goarizonarepublic.com or (602) 444-7967. 444-7967. 444-7967.

Clipped from Arizona Republic24 Jan 2001, Wed[First Edition]Page 192

Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona)24 Jan 2001, Wed[First Edition]Page 192
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