Gerald A. Hamstra, D.O., P.C.
2120 Academy Circle, Suite G
Colorado Springs, CO  80909
Phone: 719-574-7849**Fax: 719-574-9267
September 10, 2008
Dear Valued Patients,
To begin, I would like to thank you for the support and trust you have given me over the years as your primary care physician. Taking care of you and your family has been an honor and privilege for me and my staff.
I am writing today to inform you that I have made the very difficult decision to retire and close my office practice effective December 12th, 2008.  Increasingly intrusive policies and inhibiting healthcare regulations, combined with decreasing reimbursements, has made it difficult for me, as a solo practitioner, to provide you with the health care you deserve.
I have enjoyed caring for you and becoming part of your family over the past 35 years.  I am truly sorry that the governance over medical practice has made modern healthcare more of a business than a relationship.
I will be in the office and available, working my regular schedule until December 12th and then, I will be working part-time with the nursing home portion of my practice.
I am enclosing some information to help you find a new health care provider.  Also included is a release that can be used to let us know where to forward copies of your medical record.
Thank you again for allowing me to serve as your physician over the last 35 years.
Blessings to you,
Gerald A. Hamstra, D.O.