Cooper, N.C. — Cooper and co. are closing their gynecological clinics after a two-year outbreak, and the family has been forced to take steps to ensure the safety of the community.
Cooper’s Family Medicine Clinic closed in late May.
The clinic’s medical director, John Cooper, said the clinic was closing due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
He said he hopes the closure will be permanent.
He said Cooper and his wife are in the process of filing for bankruptcy.
He is also seeking $100,000 in damages.
“This is just another heartbreaking day for me and my family,” Cooper said in a statement.
“It’s unfortunate, but the situation at Cooper and the Cooleyvilles has become unbearable.
Cooper and I have decided that it is best for our family to close Cooper and Cooper’s gynecologists practice.”
The Cooper family said in the statement that they are thankful for all of the support from the community, and that they plan to continue to work to provide health care to as many women as possible.
Cookeville and Cooperville also are under federal investigation for a deadly 2009 outbreak that sickened more than 100 women and resulted in the deaths of at least 13 people.
The investigation is ongoing.
The family said the closures will allow the family to better care for the community’s needs and to address the needs of the patients.