June 22, 2006

Dear patients and friends

It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing the closing of my medical practice in Nacogdoches, effective July 27, 2006. It has been not only a pleasure but an honor (and frequently even just plain fun) to participate in your health care over the past years (up to 9 years for some of you), and the decision to move in a new direction was not an easy one for my family and me to make.

As of July 28, 2006, Dr. Carl Davis and Dr. Aaron Polk will be taking over my practice, and your records will be transferred to their office. I am pleased that you will have the opportunity to partner with one or both of them in your ongoing health care. Dr. Carl Davis grew up here in Nacogdoches and graduated from NHS in 1993. He subsequently received a bachelors degree from Ouachita Baptist University in 1997 and an M.D. from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston in 2001. After completing a Family Practice Residency in Wichita, Kansas in 2004, he returned home to Nacogdoches and joined Dr. Polk’s practice. Dr. Aaron Polk, as you probably already know, is a long time and well-respected member of the Nacogdoches medical community. After graduating from Northeast Louisiana University in 1970 and LSU Shreveport Medical School in 1974, he completed the Family Practice Residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.

The office of Drs. Davis and Polk is just down the street from mine, at 212 Russell Boulevard. They can be reached by phone at 936-462-7800 or 936-569-9238. More information about Drs. Polk and Davis and their practice is available at www.polk-davis.com. I am confident that you will find them to be not only excellent physicians, but also compassionate and respectful gentlemen.

While I anticipate that the majority of you will find a happy medical home with Dr. Davis or Dr. Polk, some of you may choose to see a different physician; if so, please sign an authorization form (download link below) and return it to my office as soon as possible so that we may transfer your records to your new doctor. If you would like a copy of your records to be released to you or another person you designate, we can do so only with your permission. Again, we will need a signed copy of the authorization form. In any event, your medical records will continue to be treated with confidentiality, both through the 27th of July in my office, and after that date at the offices of Drs. Davis and Polk.

But just what exactly, you may be asking, is this “new direction” I mentioned up there. Well, call us crazy, but we’ve decide to run off to live on an island. I have a friend who’s a family doc on Nantucket, off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and I am going to join him in practice. I’ll be doing much the same things there as here; taking care of families, delivering babies and arguing with insurance companies. Typical family practice. So when you’re enjoying a pleasant December afternoon in East Texas, walking the Lanana Creek Trail in shorts and a t-shirt, we’d appreciate a moment of prayer for a timely snowplow and a sturdy boiler. And when the brutal afternoon heat in the Pineywoods is beating down on you one August evening, know that as we endeavor to build the ultimate sandcastle on a balmy New England beach, we’ll do our best to remember to ask the good Lord to send a cool breeze your way. I am certain that many of you are aware of my warm feelings toward you, but I want to take a brief moment to let all of you know that I have indeed valued our relationship, and I wish you the very best in all aspects of your lives as the future unfolds. Your trust, loyalty, and friendship have been great gifts, and I have not taken them for granted.

Sincerely,

Craig Bradley, MD