Doctor closes offices, leaves bizarre note about city

Doc’s practice is shrouded in question marks
MCT Regional News
Apr 28, 2013

The closing of a Bethel, Ohio’s doctor’s practice is shrouded in question marks, especially since an attempt was reportedly made to tie Portsmouth into the picture.

According to a story in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Dr. Curtis Everson, a 53-year-old graduate of Whight State University, locked his office doors in Bethel and at another office on Ohio 125 in Georgetown and disconnected the phones. A woman who went to the office to attempt to get medical equipment for her son, found a note on the door - “Closed due to unforseen circumstances. Contact Portsmouth Urgent Care next week for medical records.”

The woman said she contacted Urgent Care at Southern Ohio Medical Center, and they told her they had never heard of him.

SOMC issued the same statement to the Daily Times. Eric Kephas, a spokesman for SOMC said, in a single sentence - “I can confirm that Dr. Curtis Everson is not, and has not, been employed at Southern Ohio Medical Center.”

According to a website for Family Health Centers, Community Action Committee of Pike County - “Appointments with Dr. Everson can be made by calling the Family Health Center in West Portsmouth at 740-858-1063, or at our Waverly location toll free 1-866-267-0834 or 740-947-7726.”

However, there is no date on the posting, so it is not known if the information is current.

The Daily Times then talked with Joan Wehrle, education and outreach manager for the State Medical Board of Ohio.

“He does have an active license,” Wehrle said. “No disciplinary history.”

According to the Enquirer, a group of people who worked for Everson filed an incident report with Bethel police because they have not been paid for the last two weeks. They obtained that information from the mother who had tried unsuccessfully to get help at his office, identified as Jane Harvan.

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By Frank Lewis - The Portsmouth Daily Times, Ohio (MCT)

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