October 27, 2021

Dear Patients,

It is with very mixed emotions that after 38 years of being your physician I will be closing The Putnam North Family Medical office at the end of this year. The costs of continuing to practice keep rising and I find I can no longer work the 55 to 60 hours a week to sustain the income needed. I have always thought I could find a good physician to join me, who I could train and mentor, that would carry on my quality and passion.  However, I found I could not match the hospitals and other providers’ benefits and certainly could not find anyone who wanted to work as many hours.

Anyone who knows me is aware of the great reward I get by being able to help you through those difficult times especially when there is little or no hope.  That many of you have become close as friends and that I have tried to treat all of you as if you were my family, I believe is the reason why I have been able to survive so long. I feel so blessed to have been in the lives of the families of more than 1,000 babies that I delivered and the absolute privilege that you have felt comfortable confiding your most personal problems with me.  I have always felt that God educated me and gave me the passion for this career and His work.

And of course, a business is only as good as all the individuals in it.  I have really enjoyed the special relationships that are evident when my patients are delighted to see their favorite nurse, lab tech or front office staff.  Your appreciation is what makes all of us want to do our best.

I do feel remorse that I do not have a trained physician whose care I know is great and compassionate but there are many out there and I will be glad to make referrals when asked. Jere Claunch, my Physician Assistant, was added to my staff over 6 years ago because of his passion, deep sense of patient responsibility, and breadth of knowledge. He will be transitioning to Prairie Gardens Medical.  Those of you who would like to continue in his care can do so by calling 405-962-8123. 

Variety Care, Inc has expressed interest in purchasing my facility and they are happy to assume all non-pain management patients wishing to continue care in this location.  Variety Care will be temporarily closing this location for remodeling and renovation; however, they are able to schedule appointments at one of their 13 metro locations until the renovations are complete.  The renovation is expected to take approximately 4 months.  To schedule an appointment with Variety Care, call 405-632-6688.

Of course, you may choose any provider, and you are not limited to the facilities or individuals listed here. It will be up to you to take steps to connect with a provider of your choosing.  I will do what I can to assist and facilitate your transition to ongoing quality care.  If you wish to have a copy of your records sent to you or to another provider or facility, you may submit a written request to this office at this time. After I close the business, your health records from this practice will be transferred to a records management company (the “Records Custodian”).  The Records Custodian will continue to maintain your records in accordance with applicable confidentiality and security standards and with other applicable laws.  Please keep in mind that there may be a transition period from the time that I close the office to the time that the Records Custodian has access to my charts.  More information about the Records Custodian will be posted on our website prior to December 31st, 2021. 

Once again, I encourage everyone to begin looking for a provider now so there will be no delay in meeting your medical needs.  As of December 31, 2021, I will no longer pay to keep my malpractice active so I will be unable to legally prescribe medications or order procedures. Please let us know as soon as you have decided on your new provider so we can transfer your medical records.

I am looking forward to retirement and to begin this next phase of my life.  My goals are to become more active in the lives of my grandchildren and I plan on taking some of the many trips my wife and I have dreamed of.  I am sure mission work is also in my future, both locally and back to Uganda or elsewhere where my skills can be used.

I thank you for the opportunity to be your physician, I wish you the best of health, happiness, and success in your life ventures.

God bless you all,

John Pittman, MD

Variety Care, Inc
13 Locations
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Jere Claunch at
Prairie Gardens Medical Center, LLC
12301 N Western Ave, Suite 101
Oklahoma City, OK 73114

If you had a previous appointment scheduled after 11/01/2021 with Jere Claunch and wish to follow him, appointment dates and times will be honored but will be conducted at Prairie Gardens. Please realize you may receive cancellation notices from Putnam North Family Medical Center. This DOES NOT impact Prairie Gardens.

Other resources to assist in locating a Family Physician

Oklahoma State Medical Association https://www.okmed.org/web/Online Click on “find a physician”

Contact member services with your insurance company for a list of in-network primary care physicians in your area.