Medgroup Is Out But Doctors Are In

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Patients seeing doctors Chris LeSueur and Dexter DeWitt in the former Medgroup-Arizona First building at 111 West Cedar were back on schedule Tuesday after Medgroup's local operation collapsed last week.


"We missed two days -- that's it," said Russell Judd, chief executive officer of Payson Regional Medical Center, which helped the doctors reopen their offices under the hospital's affiliate, Payson Healthcare Management.


The hospital leased the building Friday and re-opened it for patients this week.


Representatives for the firm that owns the building, Scottsdale Healthcare, changed the locks Sept. 29, reportedly because Medgroup-Arizona First had not paid the rent. Wednesday's lock-out affected 11 employees, three doctors and numerous patients.


LeSueur and DeWitt signed on with Payson Healthcare Management and will continue to work from their offices in the West Cedar building.


Doctors Robert Cuthbertson and John Vandruff left the offices at West Cedar in August. They signed on at the time with Payson Healthcare Management and moved their practices to 411 South Beeline.


According to information from the Arizona Corporation Commission in Phoenix, the state dissolved the Medgroup corporation June 10, 1997. The corporation's officers did not file an affidavit with the state agency but had three years from the time the company was dissolved to do so. Park Miller, CEO and statutory agent for Medgroup, resigned July 29, 1999.


A Valley attorney for Medgroup LLC, Kimberly MacEachern, sent out letters stating that the medical management company had ceased operations in Payson at the close of business Sept. 30, 1999.


"Basically, the hospital has stepped up to the plate and taken over," Judd said Thursday. "All I can say is that the patients are back. We have hired five new employees and I think they all came from Medgroup.


Judd said appointments for Cuthbertson, Vandruff, LeSueur and DeWitt can all be made by calling 472-4675.

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