Some Patients Left in the Dust After Doctors Hospital PurchaseGRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Doctors and nurses aren't the only ones left behind after Altru bought the building where Doctors Hospital planned to open. Some patients had already scheduled appointments and procedures and now feel they were left in the dust.
By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ
GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Doctors and nurses aren't the only ones left behind after Altru bought the building where Doctors Hospital planned to open.
Some patients had already scheduled appointments and procedures and now feel they were left in the dust.
David Gapp's son was scheduled for surgery on March 9 but as the date quickly approached and nobody had contacted him for a pre-op, he realized the surgery wasn't going to happen.
Gapp thought everything was taken care of.
"Went there, set everything up, consultation went great and we were scheduled," Gapp said.
Mel: But as the date approached he became a little concerned.
"Last week I hadn't been contacted by anybody yet so I started making phone calls, got an answering service that said thanks for calling and it would hang up," Gapp said.
When Gapp came to Doctors Hospital to figure out what was going on he came across the unsettling reality of a locked door and empty building.
"I was starting to get a little upset at this point because at 8:30 the next morning we're supposed to be in surgery," Gapp said.
It was then, that he realized the magnitude of what had happened. The short time that the tenants of Doctors Hospital had to get out of the building caused some chaos.
"From what I understand they didn't have the information to get in touch with the people that they needed to, which I wasn't very happy about. It wasn't my doctor's fault. Altru stepped in and basically told them to leave," Gapp said.
It's unclear who actually gave the order for Doctors Hospital to clear out of the building so quickly. Altru representatives declined comment other than to say that Altru has its doors open for any and all patients.
"I don't see where they have a right to step in and interfere with my doctor treating my son the way they did and causing disruption like that," Gapp said.
Gapp eventually got ahold of his son's doctor at RiverView in Crookston and was able to re-schedule surgery.
WDAZ attempted to contact administrators Doctors Hospital but they weren't available.