Upstate doctor’s office closed, license temporarily suspended

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – An Upstate doctor’s office shut down leaving some patients concerned. Dr. Gordon Early’s office in Spartanburg has been closed.

7 News has learned his license to practice has been temporarily suspended by the state medical board.

Wanda Eller was one of the several patients who arrived at wellness family medicine in Spartanburg wondering what happened to their doctor.

doctors-pic“I’ve been coming here.. this is my 10th year,” said Eller. “He’s always helped me out, he’s a good talker.”

The sign out front read walk-ins are being accepted, but a letter on the door read otherwise.

The letter is from Dr. Early telling patients “the practice has been closed until further notice.”

A letter from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation, dated Feburary 6th, explains what happened.

It said Dr. Early’s “license to practice in this State is hereby temporarily suspended.”sc-llr-letter

“Although this process is intended to be confidential, I can say that I’m vigorously contesting the allegations made against me,” said Dr. Early to 7 News Reporter Nickelle Smith. “I strongly disagree with the board’s actions in suspending my license.”

Kim High said she’s been a patient for more than a decade. “I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “He’s a phenomenal physician.” She said she was surprised at how she learned of the closure. “The doors were locked. The blinds were closed. There were two signs on the door,” she said.

Dr. Early said he’d seen over 800 patients in the past three months.

“I’m saddened by the impact this has had on my patients,” he said.

He said was not able to give advanced notice because the suspension was effective immediately, and he was awaiting the results of an emergency appeal. He says some patients received an email, and others will get a letter with information on how to get their medical records and find another doctor.

“It’s a headache. It’s a headache right now,” said High.

Dr. Early said he’s now working to get the temporary suspension lifted. There’s no word on how long that will take, but Dr. Early said he anticipates the closure will last at least three months.

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