CLINIC CLOSING APRIL 30, 2015
The North Cascade Women’s Clinic has been active in the Skagit Valley since 1982. The Doctors Pringle and (since 1990) Dr. Foist have derived enormous enjoyment providing health care services for women in our area. We deeply appreciate the loyalty and confidence patients have expressed in our clinic over the years. The practice of medicine has evolved during this time, enabling physicians to offer more effective options for treatment of medical conditions. But the business of medicine has evolved as well, making small independent gynecology practices such as ours no longer viable.
In this light, we have decided that we will close our practice April 30, 2015. Drs. Barbara and Robert Pringle will retire at that time. Dr. Nadine Foist has accepted a position as a hospital-based OB-GYN physician at Island Hospital in Anacortes.
In the interval between now and then, we are happy to offer appointments to renew medications and discuss health care issues. Dr. Foist will be scheduling appointments with Fidalgo Medical Associates in Anacortes starting April 1, 2015 at 360-293-3101. She will continue to provide all aspects of gynecologic care and surgery as well as accepting obstetric patients. Patients who wish to be treated by Dr. Foist at her new practice may request to have copies of their current medical records transferred to Fidalgo Medical Associates.
Until April 30, 2015, existing patient medical records will be available at North Cascade Women’s Clinic. Upon proper authorization, you may have a copy of your current medical records or have a copy sent to the physician of your choice. Medical record release forms can be obtained from the clinic.
After April 30, 2015, your records will be stored electronically at Skagit Regional Health and will remain available to you with proper authorization for the years to come. For our patient's who wish to continue their care in Mount Vernon, Skagit Regional Clinics currently have 2 OB/GYN physicians, Dr. Jean Chakraborty and Dr. Nikorn Arunakul and are recruiting for 2 new physicians. They have assured us that they have the capacity to serve your obstetric and gynecologic needs. You may call 360-428-2575 to schedule appointments and you can visit www.srclinics.org to learn more about Skagit Regional Clinics' Women's Health practice.
It has been our pleasure and privilege to care for patients during the course of our practice. We extend to you our best wishes for your future health and happiness.
Nadine B. Foist, M.D.
Barbara H. Pringle, M.D.
Robert W. Pringle, M.D.