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Medical group pulls out of Castaic

Facey Medical Group will close its Castaic office and open another in Valencia

Posted: July 30, 2009 10:27 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Facey Medical Group officials said Thursday they will close their Castaic office in September because the community hasn't grown enough to support it.

"We're closing because the area does not seem to be growing," said Facey spokeswoman Karen Carrol-Kowalski. "Our membership there has been very stagnant. ... It's wiser for us to move our docs to where there is growth."

The Castaic storefront office has seen about 2,000 patients over the last two years. Other local offices have seen about 12,000 to 15,000 over the same period.

The recession did not play a role in the company's decision, and Facey is not laying off any employees, she said.

The medical group is opening another office in Valencia and will maintain five offices in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Facey opened its office at 31882 Castaic Road more than a decade ago in anticipation of growth around Interstate 5 and Highway 126, where Newhall Ranch is planned.

"We viewed it as an investment, and now our lease has come up for renewal, and we realized that the initial thought back in 1998 has not panned out," she said.

Castaic Area Town Council President Steve Teeman expressed some disappointment about Facey's decision.

"I think it's going to be a loss to the Castaic community that depends on them," Teeman said.

He blamed the area's slow growth on the years-long slowdown and eventual crash of the housing market.

"A lot of businesses have been having to consider things of that nature," he said. "Hopefully in the near future (the housing market will rebound), and there's enough growth to support their business model."

The last day for patients to visit the Facey office in Castaic will be Sept. 28. After that, the doctors and staff members will work out of other local Facey offices.

Dr. David Morrow will move to the medical group's Copperhill location and Dr. Naeemah Ghafur will work from its Canyon Country office.


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