Specifics about where the new office would be located were not available as of presstime and Dr. Wahid was not available for comment.
The Del Puerto Health Care District and Wahid reached a contract settlement at a special closed-session board meeting Nov. 21. The board wishes Wahid well, said Chad Vargas, CEO of the district, which runs the center.
“We are hopeful Dr. Wahid will be continuing his practice on the West Side,” Vargas said. “We appreciate Dr. Wahid’s contribution to the district and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
The district is recruiting for a permanent medical director and family-practice physician, Vargas said. In the meanwhile, interim physicians will be on hand to see patients after Wahid leaves the center.
The center’s pediatrician, Dr. Eugene Lamazor, and other medical staff will continue to serve the community on Ward Avenue near Highway 33.
Wahid’s departure comes as the health center is slated to undergo major changes. The center’s staff plans to move to a newly remodeled 11,000-square-foot building on Keystone Pacific Parkway early next year, as soon as the state Department of Health Care Services inspects it. The health care board is also working on recruiting physicians with other medical specialties, including cardiology and kidney dialysis, for the new center.
Wahid became Del Puerto Health Center’s medical director April 1, 2010, following Dr. Eric Ramos, who held the position from summer 2006 to March 2010.
A native of Iraq, Wahid came to Patterson from Missouri and joined Ramos and Lamazor on the health care staff in February 2009.
Wahid, who speaks English, Arabic and Spanish, has practiced medicine in rural Missouri and Kansas and at Fort Hood in Texas, and he completed the Forbes Family Practice Residency Program in Pittsburgh in 2007.
He moved to the United States in 1997, first settling in Salt Lake City, after graduating in 1994 from the University of Basra’s College of Medicine in Basra, Iraq.
Directors of the health care district said this week that Wahid has done well at the health center.
“We are grateful for the services Dr. Wahid has provided,” said Anne Stokman, board president. “One of the objectives of Del Puerto Health Care District is to bring physicians to the West Side. Dr. Wahid is a wonderful physician who will continue to provide care to the West Side in his own practice.”
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