Dr. Gordon Early

Dr. Gordon Early’s office closed, license temporarily suspen

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Published: 31 July 2017

Posted by: Rhonda B. Williams

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – An Upstate doctor’s office was shut down without prior notice or reason which left some patients concerned. Dr. Gordon Early’s office, that was located in Spartanburg had been closed.
7 News gave out the information that the state medical board has temporarily suspended his license to practice.
Wanda Eller was one among the numerous patients who arrived at wellness family medicine, located in Spartanburg, surprised at the clinic being shut and wondering what happened to the doctor.
Eller said that it was his 10th year to be visiting his clinic and that he had always helped him. He was a good talker, Eller said.
The sign that was put out read that walk-ins were being accepted, but a letter that was put on the door that read otherwise.
The letter was from Dr. Early where he was telling his patients that the practice will be closed until further notice.
South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, sent out a letter dated February 6th, that explained what happened.
It said that Dr. Early’s license to practice in this State was temporarily suspended.
Dr. Early said out to 7 News Reporter Nickelle Smith that the process was intended to be confidential, but he needed to tell that he’s vigorously contesting the allegations made against him. He said that he disagrees with the board’s action of suspending his license.
Kim High, one of the former patients, said that she had been visiting him for more than a decade. She spoke highly of him that he was a phenomenal physician and that she couldn’t believe that she learned of the closure that way. She was surprised to see the doors locked and the blinds closed.
Dr. Early said he had taken care of around 800 patients in the past three months.
He said he was saddened by the impact it had on his patients.
He said that since the suspension was made effective immediately, and he was awaiting the results of an emergency appeal, he couldn’t even give advance notice.
He said that a few patients had received an email, and others would receive a letter shortly with information pertaining to the details of their medical records.
High said it was a headache as of now.
Dr. Early said that he was working to get the temporary suspension lifted. There was no clear indication on how long that would take, but Dr. Early anticipates that the closure would last at least three months.

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