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Dr. Bruce Purdy, MD, has announced his retirement, according to Dennis Fleenor, Muleshoe Area Medical Center administrator. 

In a letter from Purdy provided by Fleenor and dated Nov. 13, Purdy announces that he has decided to retire as from Family Medical Clinic of Muleshoe and Muleshoe Area Medical Center as of Dec. 31, 2021. 

Purdy writes, “It has been my sincere pleasure and honor to serve this community for 44 years. This decision was very difficult.” 

The MAMC website says Purdy was instrumental in finding a way to reopen the hospital when Westworld Community Healthcare closed it after 22 months due to financial problems. Westworld leased the company from Westworld Community Healthcare Inc. in 1984. 

“He stayed when other physicians left, and even opened his clinic every evening for emergencies,” the website said. “He traveled back and forth to the hospital in Amherst where he provided care to the residents of Muleshoe, and delivered babies. 

“Dr. Purdy spent countless hours for no fees taking care of the elderly (even making house calls on some) to make sure during this time of crisis that people received care. With the help of many residents, he spent evenings painting, cleaning bathrooms, and repairing the hospital facilities to pass inspection and reopen. 

“The hospital was re-opened in 1987, with responsibility for operations assumed by the Muleshoe Area Hospital (MAH) District after it was formed in 1989.” 

The letter advises those who need an appointment to contact the clinic (806-272-7133) or Dennis Fleenor (806-272-4524) if they have questions or concerns. The following providers are listed: 

Callie Castle, FNP FMC 

Ashley Byler, FNP MCM 

Suzanne Bunker, PA MCM 

Keith Covey, FNP, ER 

Shawn Gasaway, FNP, ER 

Gail M. Williams, Muleshoe Journal Correspondent

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