One family medicine physician has left Pawnee Valley Medical Associates (PVMA) but three new part-time family medicine physicians are now available to care for and treat patients, said Jewel Davis, clinic office manager.
The three new physicians join Crystal Hill, MD, Haley Gleason, APRN, Susan Aistrup, APRN, and Heather Holaday, APRN.
Christian Whittington, MD, relocated to Myrtle Beach, S.C., where he will continue to practice family medicine and teach medical residents from Duke University.
“There will not be a gap in provider availability,” Davis noted. “The family medicine team at Pawnee Valley Medical Associates is committed to caring for our community. We look forward to working side-by-side with our new physicians as they build relationships with patients.”
New physicians are Scott Akers, DO, Christina Gonzalez, DO, and Lynne Holz, MD.
“Although we are incredibly happy for Dr. Whittington and his new venture, we miss his professional support, along with his dedication to patients,” Davis commented. “But we know the community is in good hands with our newly expanded family medicine team.”
Anyone who wants to participate in a card reception for Dr. Whittington is encouraged to mail a note to PVMA, 713 W. 11th St., Larned, Ks. 67550. Davis will ensure the cards are forwarded to him.
Dr. Whittington’s last day was Sept. 1; he cared for local and area patients for eight years.
While he will miss his patients and co-workers at PVMA and The University of Kansas Health System Pawnee Valley Campus hospital, Dr. Whittington reassured his patients that the three new family medicine doctors are professional and caring.
“There is a very talented group of providers at Pawnee Valley Medical Associates,” Dr. Whittington said. “They are a truly committed staff that cares for their community. Doctors, nurses and others are here to care for your healthcare needs close to home.”
Dr. Whittington also noted that the community should be proud of the high-quality services and equipment at Pawnee Valley Campus and PVMA.
“You have cutting-edge technology right here at home,” he commented. “This includes the 3D mammogram and MRI in this beautiful and up-to-date facility. There is genuine support for the hospital here.”