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By Coshandra Dillard

TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) -- Total Healthcare Clinic will see its last patients Friday as officials recently agreed to close the facility.

On the front doors, signs give patients notice, and Rodney Ivy, the clinic's chief executive officer, said Tuesday that they have mailed letters to patients over the last few days.

The closing comes six years after the clinic, formerly known as Community Health Clinics of Northeast Texas, gained a Federally Qualified Health Center status, which comes with federal grant funding.

But years of financial, administrative and legal issues marked the clinic through much of its short history. The clinic filed a lawsuit against the Attorney General's office, saying it overstepped its boundaries when urging board members to relinquish their positions and have an outside party appoint new members. Ivy said that in lieu of the clinic's closing, they will be asking their attorneys to drop the lawsuit.

However, it still faces a lawsuit from the Texas Attorney General, whose office alleges violations of the business organization code, common law breach of fiduciary duty and grossly negligent mismanagement.

Tom Kelly, from the AG's office, said Wednesday that the lawsuit against the clinic still stands, but no court date has been announced in Travis County.

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