April 1, 2020

Dear Patients and Friends:

To begin, I would like to thank you for the trust you have given me over the years as your physician. After 31 years in solo practice, I am writing today to inform you that I will be retiring and closing my office effective June 30, 2020. I will continue to be available for scheduled appointments (currently tele-video only) until that date. Please plan to call for an appointment to update your prescription refills if needed before then. I will not be able to refill your medications after June 30.

Some of you know that I have been making plans to retire for a while now. We are aware that our world is suddenly in trying times. But Bev and I have decided that we need to continue the retirement process we started while supporting our patients as best we can over the next few months. We will continue to staff the phones and make appointments as usual until June 30. However these will not be in-person appointments. Because of the COVID19 pandemic, it is important to keep my patients safe and at home. So for the foreseeable future I am carrying out visits via telehealth only. Please call the office and Bev will explain how you will be able to connect to a HIPAA compliant video appointment with me. We will work with you if you don’t have internet access. Medicare and other insurance companies are joining in this effort to protect patients by supporting telehealth. Please help us to make this transition as smooth as possible during these uncertain times.

It is very important that you continue with appropriate medical care. Therefore you should establish with another physician during this next 90 days. Bronson has seven new family practice offices opening July 1, 2020. Borgess has a referral service which you can contact as well. I feel confident that you will be able to choose a physician and location that works for you.

Bronson Primary Care Partners will have seven new locations beginning July, 2020. Call 341-7788 or go online to schedule an appointment.

Borgess Physician Referral Service can be contacted by calling Becky Plichta            at 269 226-8135. 

A signed authorization form must be completed to release a copy of your records to you or your new physician. Records release form This form can be mailed to my office until June 30, 2020. After the close of my practice I will maintain your medical records according to state and federal guidelines. Beginning July 1, 2020 please send requests for records to the PO Box address below.

Until 06/30/2020:                                                                                                                          David B. Thrower DO 576 Romence Rd Suite 124, Portage, MI  49024

After 7/01/2020:                                                                                                                            David B.  Thrower DO PO Box 152, Portage, MI 49081                                                                                      

Thank you for having chosen me as your physician. It has been my pleasure and honor to serve you. I wish you continued health and wellness.

Sincerely,

David B. Thrower, DO

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