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Hundreds of patients without a doctor after physician abandons practice, leaves country

by Jasmine Huda / News 4

Posted on May 3, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Updated Friday, May 4 at 9:24 AM

ST. LOUIS (KMOV) -- A West County physician has abandoned his Creve Coeur practice, leaving behind hundreds of patients and unclaimed medical records.

Dr. Frank Ashall specializes in geriatric care. He rented office space at the Hallmark of Creve Coeur, a senior living facility at New Ballas Place.

In April, Dr. Frank Ashall notified his landlord at The Hallmark of his plans to close his practice.

His staff was told he was leaving the country, Andrea Turner of the Tennessee-based Brookdale Senior Living said. Brookdale owns The Hallmark.

Turner said patients who want to pick up their medical files should call the Hallmark. Patients will need to provide proper identification.

Court records indicate that Missouri's Department of Revenue sued Dr. Ashall in 2011 for $8,485. It is unclear whether that money has been repaid.

The Missouri Board for the Healing Arts confirms Dr. Ashall's medical license expires in January of 2013.

Turner said Brookdale had been in discussions with the Board about Dr. Ashall's departure.

"Simply because this is so unusual," she said. "While they were helpful, they could only be helpful to a certain degree because it's not an everyday occurrence that a physician abandons his practice and abandons records."