Tens of thousands of patients of a Broome County primary care provider will be affected when doctors no longer see them at Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City.

Endwell Family Physicians has announced that the new policy will start July 1.

In a message to patients, the group said its doctors "will be refocusing our effort on outpatient primary care."

The letter indicated doctors with the practice have been seeing patients at Wilson since the group was formed in 1977.

The note said it was "not a decision we are making lightly." The move was made in light of "the local landscape of healthcare delivery, as well as new national standards of care."

The Endwell Family Physicians website lists 15 doctors on the group's staff.

The website on Wednesday afternoon had not been updated to reflect the policy change coming this summer.

A prominent post on the website continued to note "if hospitalization is required, our doctors will admit their patients exclusively to UHS -Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center." It adds that "during your stay, one of our doctors will see you most days of your hospitalization."

The message emailed to patients  on Wednesday said "staying at the forefront of modern and effective health care requires us to make bold moves sometimes."

An Endwell Family Physicians representative was unable to immediately answer detailed questions about the change. A United Health Services spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

This story was updated to clarify that while the new policy is to take effect July 1, the practice's website continued to display an earlier message that patients would be admitted to Wilson.

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