TWO LOCAL DOCTORS’ OFFICES PLAN TO MERGE NEXT YEAR
Reporting by WVUA 23’s Kayla Smith
University Family Practice will merge with Alabama Family Medical Center on Jan. 1, 2020.
Alabama Family Medical Center will accept University Family Practice’s patients and their medical files. The medical center also has plans to hire University Family employees.
Family practice physicians, Dr. Bob Grubbs and Dr. Doug Reynolds, said they feel comfortable with the transition because their patients will not have to search for a new doctor.
“I’ve heard from many patients themselves talking about their relatives or friends coming to town and looking for a doctor and being turned down at multiple places,” Reynolds said. “A lot of our patients are older, and there are a lot of physicians who won’t take Medicaid-age patients, and being able to have a home for our patients has been very important for us.”
Grubbs and Reynolds have worked with Dr. Ramesh Peramsetty of Alabama Family Medical for several years, and they said that they believe he will offer excellent care to their patients. The doctors said they are making a move toward retirement but they will miss the relationships they have formed with their patients.
“It has been a true family practice; I’ve seen moms and dads and kids and grandparents, and when we lose a patient for disease or age, it’s a loss for us,” said Grubbs. “It’s been a great relationship for us, and that’s why it’s been a big deal.”
Grubbs and Reynolds have served as physicians with University Family Practice for more than 20 years.