Knoxville — Dr. Michael Van Natta, through a letter to the editor of the Journal-Express, announced that he intends to leave the hospital's employ.
The text of Van Natta's letter is below:
To The Editor:
Dear citizens of Marion County,
It is with considerable reluctance and not a small amount of ambivalence that I must announce that I’m leaving my position as physician and health care provider at Knoxville Hospital and Clinics.
I have spent ten wonderful years at KHC and loved just about every minute of it. I’ve loved watching the Hospital and Clinic get better and better with every year gone by and now, under the direction of CEO Kevin Kincaid, the sky is the limit. He and his Board and administrative team and doing wonderful forward-looking things, and bringing health care in Knoxville from standard-of-care medicine to a level that will serve as an example for other institutions nationwide.
I have developed meaningful and important relationships with many people who came to be my patients and I will miss our interactions and challenges. That said, I’m certain they are in good hands with any of the KHC’s providers, all of whom I will painfully miss.
The entire staff at KHC has been very good to me over the years and I have always felt confident and inspired by the above-and-beyond efforts they give caring for the health needs of the citizens of Knoxville. I have been blessed with many friendships and connections that I know will continue to grow. I live in Knoxville and love the lifestyle, the people, the feel of a small community growing and should I become ill and require medical care, I know there’s no need to look anywhere but here. Twenty-seven years of medical practice has taught me a thing or two.
I am, however, looking forward to becoming a member of the clinical faculty at Des Moines University College of Medicine. While I wasn’t looking to make a change, when the opportunity to become more involved in the teaching of young physicians arose, I felt compelled to move toward that. Teaching students in the limited capacity that I have has helped me be a far better physician and I can only hope that will continue as I move toward this new position.
Knoxville, thank you again.
Michael Van Natta, D.O.