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AKRON CENTER IS LEFT WITHOUT UB DOCTORS

The University at Buffalo will no longer supply physicians at Buffalo General Hospital's Family Health Care Center in Akron after Feb. 15, officials said today.

Buffalo General spokesman Michael H. Shaw said efforts are under way to replace the four doctors and continue primary-care services provided by UB's School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences family medicine department.

But Buffalo General will continue family planning and mental health services at the Akron center until further notice, Shaw said.

"This is obviously something we're very concerned about," he said. "At this time, we're having discussions with members of our medical staff and exploring a number of possibilities. Patients will be notified when decisions are made."

Shaw said he is hopeful hospital officials will find a solution and care for the needs of the community.

Buffalo General Hospital has operated the Akron Family Medical Center for more than eight years, and it's one of the hospital's two primary satellite clinics. The other is in Amherst.

"Our intent is to remain there," Shaw said. "About 1,000 patients use that facility, and there is no way we want to see it closed."

Newstead Town Councilman Harold R. Johnson said that residents opposed to the termination of health care have been circulating petitions.

"There is a great deal of community support for this center," he said. "We're proud and hate to lose it."

Patients can maintain an association with UB family medicine physicians by transferring to the Lewis Lazar Family Medical Center at 1542 Maple Road in Amherst. But these are not the same doctors who staffed the Akron clinic, Shaw explained.

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