Hur­lock Med­i­cal Cen­ter clos­ing with­out new provider

Dorchester Star - - News - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

HUR­LOCK — The search for a new pri­mary care provider at the Hur­lock Med­i­cal Cen­ter is un­der way, af­ter the cur­rent provider in­formed the town’s gov­ern­ment it is leav­ing in Novem­ber.

Mayor Joyce Spratt said at the town’s meet­ing Mon­day, Sept. 25, Nan­ti­coke Health Ser­vices, which took over the med­i­cal cen­ter in late 2013, had an­nounced about a week ear­lier its in­ten­tion to close it.

Spratt said the med­i­cal cen­ter’s pri­mary care provider, Jacqueline RuarkSmith, DNP, told Spratt the prac­tice sees about 50 pa­tients a week, but is clos­ing be­cause it is los­ing money due to in­sur­ance costs.

The last day Nan­ti­coke Health Ser­vices will op­er­ate the prac­tice is Fri­day, Nov. 17.

Spratt said she and the town coun­cil are al­ready work­ing with state Sen. Ad­die Eckardt, R-37, and oth­ers to find another provider for the med­i­cal cen­ter, lo­cated on Collins Av­enue.

Main­tain­ing the prac­tice in Hur­lock would be more con­ve­nient for pa­tients in­stead of forc­ing them to travel to Bridgeville, Del., Cam­bridge or Fed­er­als­burg, Spratt said, es­pe­cially for those who have trans­porta­tion or mo­bil­ity limitations.

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