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Last Updated: Jul 11th, 2018 - 08:40:37

Garcia set to close clinic after 40 years
Jul 11, 2018, 08:39

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A local family practice is closing after more than 40 years in Crossett.

Dr. Luis Garcia announced last week that the doors to Garcia Medical Clinic would be permanently closed July 13.

The decision came after Garcia’s six-month battle with the Arkansas Medical Board after they suspended his license.

Garcia said in February he received notice that his license had been suspended by the Arkansas Medical Board.

The order, which was signed Feb. 13, stated that Garcia was alleged to be mentally unfit to practice and the charges were based on the allegations reported to the Arkansas Medical Foundation by Ashley County Medical Center.

“The complaints were sent to the foundation in the name of the Ashley County Medical Center Administrator, but the administrator told me in his own words that he did not do this,” Garcia said.

Garcia said he doesn’t believe it was the hospital administration that filed the complaint, but instead believes that he was turned in by other doctors in the area.

After Garcia’s license was suspended, he completed testing and agreed to have his patient charts reviewed by the Arkansas Medical Board authorities.

“They found nothing wrong with the care I provide to my patients,” Garcia said.

On June 3, the Arkansas Medical Board lifted the suspension from Garcia’s license, but the AMF was still going to heavily regulate his practice.

“Arkansas Medical Foundation came with more regulations than I could accept,” Garcia said.

The doctor said he loves his patients and that his announcement to close comes with a heavy heart.

“I love serving the City of Crossett, and my patients stuck by me and wrote many letters to the medical board on my behalf,” Garcia said. “I appreciate all of my patients.”

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