Just over two weeks ago, Christus Spohn Medical Group announced that is was discontinuing service at the former Beeville Medical Associates office location.
The clinic will no longer see patients after July 19, but clinic offices will be open until Oct. 1 for patients to obtain medical records and inquire about their options for medical care.
Doctors at the facility announced that the clinic will reopen in early August under new management.
“The new management is headed by Dr. John McNeill, who has Twin Fountains Medical Clinics in Victoria, Port Lavaca and Rockport,” Karole Beasley wrote in a news release along with Arthur Chin, Frank R. Dehnisch Jr. and Karl Stein, all practicing family medicine, and Francisco Miranda, who specializes in pediatric care.
Some of the details are still being discussed such as what to call the facility.
“We have not decided that yet,” Beasley said. “We are getting there.”
Beasley said that the goal is to make the transition as smooth as possible for the patients.
“Twin Fountains Medical Clinic has worked closely with Christus Physician Network to ensure a smooth transition and continued quality care for the existing Beeville Medical Associates patients,” Beasley said in the news release.
“For the sake of our patients we hope that Christus Physician Network will agree to make all the medical records available at the current location.”
For many of the patients, she said, the transition should be simple.
“Most patients will come and see us as usual.
“The biggest difference is Spohn won’t be running the clinic,” she said. Now, administrative decisions will be made by management at Twin Fountains.
Those patients whose insurance companies require doctors be in certain networks will have to verify information before continuing to use the clinic.
Both Beasley and Chin will remain at the clinic at 1602 E. Houston Highway.
Additionally, a Twin Fountains walk-in clinic will open in Dr. James Chandler’s former clinic in September.
Chandler retired about a year ago after 30 years as a family practitioner.
He opened his office in 1992, following medical school and residency in Houston.
Katy Kiser, communication manager and media relations with Christus Spohn Health System, said that they will mail letters to patients of the clinic informing of them of the transition.
She assured the community that they will continue to receive the medical care they are used to receiving.
“Currently there are five primary care practices in Beeville, which serve the town and outlying areas competently and with great care, to an estimated patient base of 14,000,” she said. “With the addition of Dr. McNeill’s clinic, Beeville has even greater coverage than before.
“Also, next door at Christus Spohn Hospital Beeville, there is an expanded emergency department and intensive care unit ready to provide needed emergency services.”
The medical group, and the hospital, remain committed to the community, she said.
“Christus Spohn has a long-standing service record with the town of Beeville,” Kiser said. “We opened our hospital in 1996 and since then, have remained committed to the health of Bee, Live Oak, Karnes, McMullen, Goliad, Refugio and San Patricio County citizens.
“And we continue to manage the only Level IV Trauma Center in the area. We are Beeville’s health care partner and this will not change.”
It was about two years ago that Christus Spohn Medical Group purchased this operation in a deal which became final July 20, 2011.
The doctors working there also became part of the Christus Spohn Medical Group.
Those associates displaced by the closure would be provided with a complete severance package, according to information provided by the medical group.
Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.