Convicted felon Annette Bosworth says she is planning to close her clinic in Sioux Falls. In an e-mail sent to patients, Bosworth says she is working on “a separate letter with specifics outlining the plan for closing my practice over the next several weeks….”
The day after a Hughes County jury convicted Bosworth of twelve counts of felony perjury, Bosworth told the press she’s “going to miss being a doctor.”
These statements come as Bosworth awaits sentencing, which by itself cannot include taking away Bosworth’s medical license. Bosworth jeopardized her medical license in the past with erratic behavior and ethical violations, but the South Dakota Board of Medical and Osteopathic Examiners allowed her to keep her license, contingent on her submission to mental health treatment. Bosworth’s campaign and perjury trial only led her into further violations of patient ethics and privacy that warrant review of her license, but her felony conviction does not automatically revoke her license.
Bosworth’s statement that she’s closing her Meaningful Medicine office on South Minnesota signals two possibilities. Bosworth may have heard from the SDBMOE that the board will take action on her license, and she’s surrendering. Or Bosworth may be admitting that her clinic, which has struggled to make payroll, simply isn’t financially viable.
Bosworth flies this surrender flag at an odd moment, while asking her patients and other associates to help her beg for leniency from the court. The main thrust of her message to her patients and others is to solicit courtroom company for the July sentencing hearing and letters to Judge John Brown:
Thank you for the outpouring of supportive comments from all of you. Many of you have prayed and showered our team with grace during this difficult time. Thank you. I do thank God for you every time I think of you.
As I generate a separate letter with specifics outlining the plan for closing my practice over the next several weeks, let me first respond to the shower of requests to help with my sentencing. Sentencing for the price I must pay for the 12 Felonies occurs on July 1st at 2:00 PM in Pierre, SD by Judge Brown. Many of you watched the trial on-line while others sacrificed time to be present with our team in the courtroom. Thank you. We invite you and welcome you to attend the sentencing in Pierre.
Over the next 3 weeks Honorable Judge Brown gathers information and stories to learn about who I am . . . as a person. Your stories of how you know me and how our work at Meaningful Medicine impacts the greater community of South Dakota matters greatly to Judge Brown.
If you want to help shape that image of me as Judge Brown settles on his sentence, write the following letter.
- Letter to Judge Brown
- These letters have special rules and must be written clearly or typed.
- These letters need to be addressed to Honorable John Brown, Circuit Court Judge.
- State who you are. Include a brief statement about your background (work, education, etc.)
- State where you live, your address and your telephone number.
- Tell the Judge how you know me. Include the relationship, length of time, and how that relationship has grown.
- Tell about the good things we have done together and how my service with you impacted your life.
- Tell the Judge what you think of me. These stories will help the judge shape his opinion of me. Your personal stories hold great value.
- State any other things that you would want a judge to know if you were the one being sentenced. It is important to NOT share your thoughts on what the sentence should be. Those letters will not be allowed for the judge to see.
- These letters need to in the hands of my lawyer by June 15th, 2015. Please send them directly to Meaningful Medicine as quickly as possible. Time is very short for this process.
- Send letter to:
5000 South Minnesota Avenue, Suite 100
Sioux Falls, SD, 57108
Thank you for all your efforts in these last few months. I thank God for you everytime I think of you.
Expect a more complete letter soon with details of what will happen over the next several weeks.
Annette Bosworth, MD [e-mail, sent 2015.06.03]
Here Bosworth is falling back on the strategy that seems to define all of her and her husband Chad Haber’s schemes: telling the story, building the narrative of who Bosworth is as a person. She’s also showing her infacility with mass e-mails, since the recipients with whom I’ve spoken tell me they haven’t poured out any supportive comments or showered any grace on Chad and Annette during “this difficult time.”
Bosworth knows she’s lost her case on the facts. She committed felonies; she deserves punishment. Bosworth’s only resort is to beg her patients to say what good doctoring she’s done, even as she pre-emptively announces she’s going to quit doctoring.