Patient at now-closed Kingsport medical clinic: ‘I’m scared. I don’t know what to do’


THIS EVENING – A KINGSPORT MEDICAL CLINIC’S DOORS ARE SHUT… AND SOME PATIENTS SAY ITS LEFT THEM WITH NO WHERE TO GO. CENTERPOINTE MEDICAL CLINIC IN KINGSPORT POSTED A SIGN ON THEIR DOORS – STATING THEY’RE UNABLE TO REMAIN IN BUSINESS. THE CLINIC IS ONE OF SEVERAL GROUPS NAMED IN AN ONGOING LAWSUIT FILED ON BEHALF OF A PLAINTIFF NAMED BABY DOE – A CHILD BORN DEPENDENT ON DRUGS. IT CLAIMS SEVERAL DEFENDENTS CONTRIBUTED TO THE OVER PRESCRIPTION OF POWERFUL DRUGS – LEADING TO AN OPIOID EPIDEMIC. ELIZABETH KUEBEL HAS BEEN FOLLOWING THIS STORY AND JOINS US FROM OUR KINGSPORT NEWSROOM TONIGHT – AFTER SPEAKING TO A CENTERPOINTE PATIENT — WHO CALLED THE NOW CLOSED CLINIC HIS “LIFE LINE”. I CALLED CENTER POINTE MEDICAL CLINIC TODAY – NO ONE ANSWERED — ASIDE FROM A VOICE RECORDING SAYING THAT – DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES – THE CLINIC IS NOW CLOSED. IT’S SOMETHING THAT A PATIENT THERE TOLD ME, HE NEVER SAW COMING.. 2012 – GREG ADAMS WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LUNG CANCER. A FEW YEARS LATER — COLON CANCER. FOR HIS DAILY MEDICATION – HE TURNED TO CENTERPOINTE MEDICAL CLINIC. 48:26 THEYRE NOT ANSWERING THEIR PHONES. THEIR DOORS ARE LOCKED. THERES NO WAY TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ANYBODY THAT – AFTER THE CLINIC SHUT ITS DOORS… POSTING THIS SIGN OUTSIDE – DATED WEDNESDAY. 44:50 IM SCARED. I DONT KNOW WHAT TO DO. IM TRYING TO FIND A DOCTOR. IM TRYING TO GET MY MEDICAL RECORDS, INSURANCE. THE SIGN READS THAT, DUE TO MOUNTING LEGAL FEES ASSOCIATED WITH THE OPIOID LAWSUIT IN WHICH THE CLINIC IS NAMED… THEY WERE UNABLE TO STAY IN BUSINESS. A CLAIM REPEATED WHEN I CALLED CENTERPOINT – AND GOT A PRE RECORDED VOICEMAIL. (NATS) THE LAWSUIT WAS FILED BY THREE LOCAL DISTRICT ATTORNEYS BACK IN JUNE. WE REACHED OUT TO ONE OF THEM – DISTRICT ATTORNEY GENERAL BARRY STAUBUS TODAY – HE TOLD US HE COULDN’T COMMENT BECAUSE HE’S A PARTY TO THE LAWSUIT. CENTERPOINTE’S NOTE GOES ON TO SAY THAT THEY’VE DONE NOTHING WRONG AND HAVE QUOTE BEEN UNFAIRLY TARGETED BY THE SULLIVAN COUNTY D-A AND THE SHELBY COUNTY D-A. MEANWHILE… 52:19 TELL US YOURE CLOSING DOWN, LET US KNOW WE NEED TO FIND A DOCTOR. THATS ALL THEY HAD TO DO AND I WOULD HAVE BEEN OK WITH THAT. BUT SHUTTING THE DOORS OVERNIGHT IS UNETHICAL. PATIENTS LIKE ADAMS ARE SCRAMBLING… SHOCKED, AND SCARED. ELIZABETH KUEBEL. NEWS CHANNEL 11 IN YOUR CORNER. THROUGH THE SIGN ON THE CLINICS DOOR AND A VOICE MAIL RECORDING, THE CLINIC HAS TOLD PATIENTS ABOUT WAYS TO ACCESS THEIR MEDICAL RECORDS.

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  1. And ppl try to get records and alot are blank. Elezabeth krell yes you done veey wrong and you know it, that why all folders were in hallways, to get rid of evidence than hurry n bring real chronic patients down to hardly nothing, and sit there n say im just a primary care doc after u gave oxycotin n perks to a patient which needed n you are just heartless n this clinic has abandoned so many PATIENTS

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