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Wellness Pointe CEO leaves clinic

By Glenn Evans
Aug. 9, 2013 at 11 p.m.

Longview's health clinic for poor and under-served patients is without a leader with the departure this past week of Carl Walters II about 18 months after he arrived at WellnessPointe.

"This week, the board of directors simply determined to move in a different managerial direction," WellnessPointe Board Chairwoman Deena Shelton said in a prepared statement from trustees. "We wish Mr. Walters all the best."

The region's only federally qualified health center, WellnessPointe provides primary care, prenatal, counseling and other services for under-served residents of Gregg, Harrison, Upshur and surrounding counties.

Walters declined to comment on his departure, referring questions to Shelton.

The board chairwoman said Longview Regional Medical Center will handle managerial duties at WellnessPointe for now.

"We have signed a temporary management contract with Longview Regional," she said. "Right now, we just feel it's the best direction."

She also said there were no other administration moves made when Walters left. Neither she nor Walters would say whose decision his departure is.

"The board statement is as it is," Shelton said. "If we decide to release anything else, we will at that time."

Walters arrived at the East Marshall Avenue health clinic in late spring 2012.

Within six months, he had discontinued outpatient psychiatric services to refocus the facility on primary health care.

With more Northeast Texans expected to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, Walters said he expected demand for such regular doctor visits to increase and bring overall medical spending down by preventing medical crises.

WellnessPointe is a nonprofit facility which provided $35 million in care in 2011, the latest year for which IRS filings are available online. All but about 1 percent of its receipts during that year were met through public support in the form of government grants and private contributions, the IRS form 990 shows.



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