Dear Editor:

I want to personally thank my patients and the Cedar Mountain community for their support of the Cedar Mountain Medical & Urgent Care Clinic in Duck Creek Village, UT. I want to thank Kane County Hospital for recognizing Cedar Mountain’s need for medical services closer to home, establishing the clinic, and giving me the opportunity to be the provider.

I do wish the Cedar Mountain community and I would have had time to offer the same input Kane County Hospital sought prior to establishing the clinic before they closed the clinic. While I understand the need to make a profit and was mindful of that in making my personal commitment and proposal to provide coverage for the clinic, I know starting a new business takes time and most often costs you money at first. The recent economic situation slowed the whole economic growth of our nation, including Cedar Mountain. I believe throwing in the towel before exploring options is not the best action for any business.

I know the Cedar Mountain community is wondering why no one said anything to them prior to closing the clinic. I recently spoke at a meeting and told everyone that the clinic was remaining open. I said that sincerely and honestly because I thought Kane County Hospital was committed to giving the clinic every opportunity to become a profitable asset to the hospital as I was. I haven’t been able to respond to questions of concerned citizens on the amount of loss since I didn’t have time to request figures or review them before the hospital’s board voted to close the clinic. I was as surprised as everyone else.

I remain committed and convinced our community needs medical services closer to home and will explore any options left to us to meet this need. Our community needs this valuable service where it can continue to grow and prosper. Tonya and I thank you for your support and the opportunity to be of service to you and your family for the past two years.

I will continue my clinic practice at Kane County Medical Clinic in Kanab, on Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday 8:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and will continue to see my Cedar Mountain patients and meet their medical needs just in a different location.

Cedar Mountain Medical & Urgent Care Clinic patients’ records will be available at Kane County Medical Clinic and you can request copies of all records by calling 435-644-4100.