Divide Wellness Clinic closed, partially reopened

By From page A3 | February 12, 2014

The Divide Wellness Clinic in Georgetown was shut down on Feb. 4 for reasons still unclear, but was partially reopened on Feb. 10.

“On Feb. 4, The Divide Wellness Center in Georgetown was served with a search warrant by the State Department of Justice,” wrote Marshall Medical Center’s Lourdes Edralin in an e-mail to the Mountain Democrat Monday. “Marshall Medical Center is not the subject of the investigation; we are fully cooperating with the State in providing the documents they have requested. The investigation is filed in court under seal and we do not have access to — and thus are not able to — disclose details.

“We have cancelled appointments at Divide Wellness Center until we are able to credential a health care provider to see patients at the facility, most likely in two weeks. In the meantime, Divide Wellness staff are fielding patient phone calls and referring patients to other area physicians.”

She noted that any other questions should be directed to the state Attorney General’s Office. Nicholas Pacilio of the AG’s Office noted that there was “no new information” he was able to give Tuesday morning.

Casey Rettig, a spokesperson at the Drug Enforcement Administration, confirmed that the DEA and the Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse assisted the state Department of Justice in closing down the clinic.

The clinic was partially reopened Monday morning, accepting calls and refilling prescriptions, but not taking in patients.

Cole Mayer

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