“There is a transition period, and that clinic is critical and very busy,” Vice President of Christus Provider Network Linda McKenna said. “It is critical to the community and to our mission as well.”
Word spread about the health center closing or switching ownership while the previous negotiations were occurring and the medical center had to inform insurance companies of what was happening. While most required a one-month notice, one of the insurance providers needed 90 days, according to McKenna.
“When negotiating, things are very fluid,” Christus Spohn Communications Manager Katy Kiser said.
The George West center also will remain open five days a week with weekend services available with Dr. John McNeill at the upcoming walk-in clinic near Christus Spohn Hospital in Beeville.
McNeill’s walk-in clinic will be for patients with non-emergency medical needs that would otherwise take up space in the ER.
McNeill, who owns Twin Fountains Medical Clinics, also has negotiated a deal to take over the business side of the medical clinic in Beeville previously run by the Christus Spohn Medical Group.
“We were fortunate McNeill was looking as we were looking to transition (with the Beeville Medical Associates clinic),” McKenna said.
Twin Fountains is also in Victoria, Port Lavaca and Rockport. The Beeville clinic is closed now until Aug. 5 for the transition.
Christus Spohn employees will remain at the clinic until Oct. 1 for patients to obtain medical records.
Dr. Arthur Chin, Dr. Frank Dehnisch Jr. and Dr. Francisco Miranda will also continue their work in Beeville’s clinic.
“It feels good to say physicians are staying in the community,” Kiser said.