Patients Shocked After MidMichigan Doctor’s Sudden Resignation

A group of patients in Northern Michigan are scrambling to find a new doctor.

Patients battling chronic pain, even cancer, were given no warning before their doctor stopped providing care.

Dr. Robert Vanderbrook resigned on June 12 from the MidMichigan Medical Center in Clare.

“I was supposed to have surgery and the day I go into follow up with my doctor, he quits.”

Stacy Ellis saw Dr. Vanderbrook as a family friend – she’s tried texting him to find out why he left.

“‘Just tell me what happened and why no one will take us’ and he never responded,” said Stacy.

She was prescribed morphine for deteriorating disks in her back, and without Dr. Vanderbrook and no referral, she can’t get medicine.

“I felt like he really cared, but now I feel destroyed like you just walked away and abandoned us,” said Stacy.

The hospital says they’re just as surprised as patients, and they’re working to fix it.

“It was very abrupt for us as well, we found out on June 12 that was going to be his last day,” said Glenn King, V.P. of MidMichigan Medical Center. “We take the same urgency with all our patients and make sure we give them options for medical care.”

Stacy’s husband Tom was also a patient. He says regardless of if the hospital knew, patients are the ones left out in the cold.

“Vanderbrook really screwed people over. He could’ve set this up in a different way or something and if it was out of his control than MidMichigan Physicians Group should’ve had something in place,” said Tom. 

The hospital is working as quickly as they can to find new doctors for Vanderbrook’s patients.

We asked if they’ve had problems with the doctor in the past, but were told they couldn’t comment.