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Local clinic closed as effects of bankruptcy filing ripple through region

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Published: Dec. 5, 2018 at 12:42 PM CST
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The doors of a Temple medical clinic were closed Wednesday as the effects of a bankruptcy filing by Little River Healthcare Holdings LLC and seven affiliated companies rippled through the region.

Patients arriving Wednesday morning at Little River Healthcare King Daughter's Clinic at 1905 SW H.K. Dodgen Loop were turned away by clinic staffers and told the clinic was closing.

A doctor who asked not to be identified say staffers were notified Wednesday morning that they were being laid off.

Kesha Spluaa, a patient for three years, says the closure came as a shock.

"Looks like I need to find another primary care physician," Spluaa said.

The only patients allowed in were people picking up items from the clinic's pharmacy.

"I am disappointed because I need to find a new doctor and my wife need to find a new doctor. This hurts me now because I don't know what to do," patient Dece Vanderbogart said.

Austin Retina Associate has a satellite office inside the clinic.

The retina specialist, Dr. Peter Nixon, was seeing patients Wednesday morning at the clinic.

Calls to Little River Healthcare facilities including the Temple Surgery Center, Temple Women’s Center, Harker Heights Women’s Center, Killeen Spine Program, Killeen Clnic and Salado Medical Clinic weren’t answered Wednesday, but an automated message played that said, “Due to an unfortunate turn of events, Little River Health will be shutting its doors immediately"

The message provides instructions for patients on how to request copies of their medical records.

Along with instructions on how patients can request copy of their medical records.

Two hospitals in Cameron and Rockdale and three affiliated clinics could close within days as a result of the bankruptcy filing.

In a Worker Adjustment Retraining Notification Act or WARN letter sent to employees, parent company Little River Healthcare announced that because of the failure to find new owners, the facilities will be closed down by Friday.

The company filed for bankruptcy in July and then filed last month to liquidate.

The move means Rockdale Hospital, Rockdale Family Care Clinic, Rockdale Downtown Medical Clinic, Cameron Hospital and Cameron Clinic will close.

A total of 298 employees will be laid off, Texas Workforce Commission spokeswoman Lisa Givens said.

Little River Healthcare and the affiliated companies filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 24.

On Nov. 30, the companies filed a motion to convert the cases to Chapter 7 cases.

Under Chapter 7 bankruptcy, a debtor’s assets are sold to pay off creditors, while under Chapter 11 debtors negotiate with creditors.

Calls to Little River Healthcare have not been returned.

Some of the company’s facilities in Central Texas were open Wednesday.

Little River Healthcare facilities in Central Texas

(Source: Little River Healthcare)

Cameron

CAMERON MEDICAL CLINIC

806 N Crockett Ave., Suite A,

CAMERON HOSPITAL

806 N Crockett Ave.

Georgetown

CENTRAL TEXAS WEIGHT LOSS

3721 Williams Drive

GEORGETOWN IMAGING

1528 Leander Road

GEORGETOWN ORTHOPEDICS

1904 Railroad Street

GEORGETOWN PHYSICIANS’ CENTER

3721 Williams Drive

SPINE CARE PROGRAM

1520 Leander Road

Harker Heights

HARKER HEIGHTS WOMEN’S CENTER

2025 Memory Lane

Killeen

SPINE PROGRAM

401 W Jasper Rd

KILLEEN CLINIC

401 W Jasper Rd

Rockdale

DOWNTOWN MEDICAL CLINIC

602 N. Main Street

ROCKDALE FAMILY CARE CENTER

1700 Brazos Ave.

ROCKDALE HOSPITAL

1700 Brazos Ave.

Round Rock

ROUND ROCK GASTROENTEROLOGY

16030 Park Valley Drive, #201,

Temple

KING’S DAUGHTERS CLINIC

1905 SW H.K. Dodgen Loop

TEMPLE SURGERY CENTER

1909 SW H.K. Dodgen Loop

TEMPLE WOMEN’S CENTER

1905 S.W. HK Dodgen Loop

Waco

WACO IMAGING

601 W. Hwy 6, Suite 104

(Other facilities in Waco and Groesbeck listed on company's website are no longer owned by Little River Healthcare)