Archive for Thursday, February 6, 2003

Changes coming to health clinic

De Soto Family Practice, Inzerillo parting ways, replacement found

February 6, 2003

Dr. Carl Inzerillo will end his 14-year association with the De Soto Family Practice sometime late this month.

Inzerillo said he made the decision because of "contractual disagreements" with Health Midwest, the clinic's owner.

"The decision was very, very hard to make," he said. "We contemplated it for six months. It's been an emotional roller coaster. My wife and I built this clinic from the ground up with a lot of blood, sweat and tears."

Wanda Taylor, Health Midwest practice administrator, said another doctor has already been found for the clinic.

"That's a valuable facility," she said. "It's the only health care outlet in the community.

"Dr. Dean Smith will be assuming that practice."

In addition, Health Midwest was recruiting other medical professionals with the goal of expanding the clinic, Taylor said.

Smith filled in for Inzerillo during a medical absence last summer, Taylor said.

Physician's assistant James Boyes and the rest of the clinic's staff will remain at the De Soto clinic, Tucker said.

Inzerillo started his practice in De Soto in 1988. He sold the practice to Columbia in 1994, which, in turn, sold the practice to Health Midwest in 1999.

"Coming here gave me the opportunity to practice in a small town, something I always wanted to do," he said. "My wife and I tried to build a practice that could be a family where people could come in and talk to us. Our employees have been here 12 years without any turnover.

"I've always practiced the Golden Rule and let the Good Lord take care of everything else."

Inzerillo's De Soto patients will now face a decision of staying with the physician or the clinic. Inzerillo will relocate his practice March 3 at 3320 Clinton Parkway Court, Suite 100, Lawrence, and will continue to see patients at Synergistic Medical Care, 6363 W 110th St. in Overland Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Taylor said Health Midwest will send out letters to the clinic patients informing them of the change and offering to help make needed insurance changes.

The non-profit Health Midwest, which owns 13 hospitals in Kansas and Missouri, plus other medical facilities, is being sold to the country's largest for-profit hospital system, HCA Inc. based in Nashville, Tenn.

Health Midwest spokesman Chris Whitley said it appeared the sale will not affect the local clinic.

"The short answer is that after the sale it's their asset to do with as they please," he said. "But there has been no indication they take a different view than the current board and governance to keep it part of the system. It is seen as a valuable clinic that provides a needed service to that community."

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