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Potential buyer confirmed for East Texas medical clinics

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Good Shepherd Health System is closing their hospital in Linden, TX, effective April 30, 2014. (Source: Good Shepherd Health System) Good Shepherd Health System is closing their hospital in Linden, TX, effective April 30, 2014. (Source: Good Shepherd Health System)
LONGVIEW, TX (KSLA) -

A deal is in the works that could keep two East Texas medical clinics slated for closure open after all.

Good Shepherd Medical Center announced the pending closure of the Good Shepherd Medical Associates Family Health Centers in Linden and Hughes Springs in late February, citing cuts in Medicare/Medicaid reimbursement and low patient usage as being among the factors leading to the decision. 

Now, however, GSMC says PhyNet Inc. has sent a letter of intent to buy the clinics. PhyNet is described as primary care group serving East Texas and the San Antonio Metroplex areas.

If an agreement is reached for the proposed purchase, the original closure date of April 30 likely will be extended in order to allow time for the transition of patient care.

"Good Shepherd has done a great job caring for the Linden and Hughes Springs communities, and we look forward to carrying on that tradition," said PhyNet Inc. president John Ford in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon.

He added that one of his company's goals is to expand the boundaries of outpatient care to rural areas of Texas.

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