The news is out now, at least to all those who need to know... So I can (finally :)) say something about it publicly.
My dad's private practice (as a family physician) will be merging with the little local hospital. The merger itself will take place over Memorial Day weekend. It's going to mean quite a few changes, but hopefully, in the long run, it will be better for everyone. My dad and his ARNP Julia will still be available in town to see patients, much the same as before. It will just be in a different location and under a different practice name.
It's a big change, but a necessary one. My dad is tired and he's not getting any younger. Why run himself into the ground? What good is a doctor dead?
Of course, that's not the ONLY reason that the two health care facilities are merging, but it is probably the main one.