The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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September 25, 2009

Know Pain Clinic still closed; doctor denies explanation

A Beckley physician has denied he left Know Pain Clinic on Harper Road abruptly.

Dr. Narciso Rodriguez-Cayro said he left the clinic Aug. 25 because he had not received his past four paychecks.

“I told (clinic administrator Danette Farrel), and I wrote a letter (stating), ‘When you have the money, call me, and I’ll be here,” Rodriguez-Cayro said.

He said late last week that administrators had not asked him to return to the clinic and had not paid him.

Know Pain Clinic, owned by Dr. Cecil Graham of Arizona, formerly of Beckley, closed unexpectedly around Sept. 1 after Rodriguez-Cayro left.

By law, physicians’ assistants are not permitted to write prescriptions unless they have a supervising physician.

According to Casey Ellison, a clinic spokesman who identified himself over the telephone as a nursing administrator, Rodriguez-Cayro left “without prior notice to the company.”

The telephone recording also stated Rodriguez-Cayro had left “without prior notice to the company.”

Ellison said Sept. 7 that patients were upset when they arrived at the clinic and could not get treated.

Rodriguez-Cayro said patient records are owned and kept by the clinic and that clinic workers had the opportunity to notify patients of the closing prior to their arrival.

He added he sympathized with patients who drove long distances for treatment.

Operations at the clinic are temporarily suspended until mid-October, according to a telephone recording at the clinic on Wednesday.

The recording advised patients to go to their referring family physician or emergency room for treatment.

A new physician is expected to begin working at the clinic in “mid-October,” according to the recorded message.

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Rodriguez-Cayro stated he had not been paid for nine weeks when he told Farrel on Aug. 25 that he needed a paycheck if he was going to continue to work at the clinic.

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