Hurlock Medical Center closing without new provider
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.