City loses its medical doctor to retirement

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Haysville patients caught off guard by news

By Travis Mounts
TSnews
news@tsnews.com

HAYSVILLE – Many Haysville area residents were surprised last week to find out that they were losing their doctor.
In a letter to patients dated Aug. 23, Dr. Craig R. Parman announced his retirement from Haysville Family Medcenters on Sept. 5, which was Labor Day.
“It is important that you arrange to place yourself under the care of another provider as soon as possible,” the letter stated, encouraging patients to contact other providers within Family MedCenters, PA.
As of Friday, Family Medcenters already had removed Parman from its provider list, and Haysville was no longer listed as one of its locations. Family Medcenters has locations in Derby, Mulvane, Rose Hill and Wichita. TSnews was not successful in reaching Parman or the clinic.
Some patients said they have not received notice. Others said it has been difficult finding a provider who is accepting new patients.
Haysville Mayor Russ Kessler said the city was doing what it could to find a new provider to replace Parman and possibly purchase the medical building on Meridian Avenue. Kessler said that Parman is trying to sell the building.
“I started reaching out to other medical professionals,” Kessler said. “Hopefully, we’ll have some good news.”
Kessler said several interested parties have contacted Parman, but that there was nothing specific happening that he could talk about. Kessler said the city’s main role is to facilitate communication with any deal that is happening between the parties.
Haysville has lost several other physicians over the years, as have other small towns. In general, there are fewer and fewer doctors with standalone clinics. Larger physician groups have consolidated locations in recent years, leaving the market with fewer medical offices.
Getting a doctor back in Haysville is important for the community, Kessler said.
“It would be very close for the residents,” he said.
Losing its last medical doctor leaves a hole in the community, Kessler added.