April 30, 2021

To My Dear Patients,

It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that our practice, ranked one of the top five GI practices in Ohio, must close and I will not be able to say goodbye to you personally. Due to patient fear of being in any environment that may increase Covid exposure, and my absence over the past many months secondary to medical challenges, we cannot financially sustain the cost of maintaining the practice.

I have always tried to live up to the trust you have placed in me for your care. Over the past 41 years, it has, therefore, been an honor and a privilege to take care of you and even up to four generations in some families. Many of you have not only been wonderful patients but have become treasured friends and like family that I will miss. I have been truly blessed to have been given the ability to take care of you and improve your health, improve your quality of life, and fortunately save many lives. You have touched and enriched my life, as well, and made me a better doctor and a better person.

The good news is that with wonderful health care professionals and my loving family I am optimistic and am planning to return to work later this year especially once the COVID epidemic finally ends. Ideally, I would hope to pop up somewhere in another practice or institution to continue my passion for taking care of patients.

At this time, please, do not compromise your health care. You should establish your GI care with one of the many fine GI physicians in Northeast Ohio. It is important to follow up with your office visits and your procedures particularly as Covid wanes.

I truly wish you all good health, and happiness. Life has its unexpected challenges for all of us, so take care of yourselves as much as possible so you can be here to love and enjoy your families, friends, and the relationships you have developed.

God bless you all with all that is good.

Most Sincerely,

Michael Henry Frankel MD