When Lilac City Pediatrics aligned with Greater Seacoast Community Health four years ago, Dr. Walter Hoerman said, he had no idea the nonprofit organization would decide to move the practice to Somersworth.
He said while he is sad to leave his patients after 34 years, the move out of Rochester, a city where he briefly served as mayor, is not the right one for him. He said he tried and failed to change the minds of the Greater Seacoast Community Health leadership.
“I actually approached GSCH about four years ago, after the merger of Families First in Portsmouth and Goodwin Health in Somersworth,” Hoerman said. “I saw value in joining with them as a federally qualified health center, particularly the opportunity to offer my patients additional services. But they recently decided it wasn’t in their mission to keep my practice open, and so they plan to absorb us.”