Atlantic Health Care reopens

WILMINGTON -- For the first time in more than a week Atlantic Health Clinic's doors were open today. Patients who have anxiously been waiting to pick up their medical records were finally able to do so. Many patients at the Atlantic Health Clinic in Wilmington have had one thing on their minds the past week. Atlantic Health Clinic patient Michael Ross said, "Get my medical records so my other doctor can turn around and treat me how I'm supposed to be treated. I can only tell him so much." Ross was among the people who stopped by the clinic to pick up their records. Despite the relief, some patients were still frustrated about not getting answers about the clinic's closing. Patricia Willetts is an Atlantic Health Clinic patient's wife. She said, "I was getting aggravated because my husband needs his medicine like a lot of other people do, and I feel like they should have let us know." Atlantic Health Clinic patient Mack Hicks said, "It just makes me question their medical ethics in there, whether they're actually trying to treat illnesses or just trying to make some fast bucks." The office manager told us the clinic is up and running again. She said there is one new full-time doctor on staff -- a medical director out of Raleigh -- and that other local physicians will be helping out. Some patients said they're ready to leave Atlantic Health Clinic all together. Others want to stay with who they know. Patricia Willetts said, "Dr. Johnson is a very good doctor and we would like to know where he's at so my husband can go to him." The former office administrator at the clinic, Tamala Creasy, is accused of embezzling money that should have been going towards child support payments from Wesley Johnson, the clinic's former doctor. A warrant was issued for her arrest after she failed to appear in court today for criminal charges of interfering with emergency communication.

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