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Doctor to leave health center

MORIAH A doctor who played a role in securing medical care for the town of Moriah is leaving.

Dr. Mohammed Iqbal, who began work at the independent Mineville Health Center in December 2003 and helped the facility become part of the Hudson Headwater Health Network, will be honored during a farewell reception Monday, Aug. 27, 6- 8 p.m. at the Millbrook Diner. Light refreshments will be served.

He will be missed, according to Dr. John Rugge, CEO of Hudson Headwaters Health Network.

Were sorry to lose such a competent and popular physician, and we wish him well as he pursues a medical specialty opportunity, Rugge said. Dr. Iqbal will be missed greatly by his patients and his colleagues. His are big shoes to fill, and recruiting is well under way. One of the advantages of Hudson Headwaters is that we have a network of very capable health care providers who can step in to make sure that the people of Moriah receive the primary care they need.

Iqbal is a native of Pakistan, where he attended medical school. He came to the United States to complete his medical residency at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the Bronx. He finished his training in June 2003 and began to look for a practice.

After four years in the Bronx, my family wanted to find someplace quiet and nicer, Iqbal said after arriving in Moriah. We havent been disappointed with Moriah.

I was looking for a primary care practice with a lot of patient interaction, the doctor said. This is perfect. The patients are very warm and welcoming.

Iqbal arrived at a financially-struggling medical center and helped in its move to become part of the Hudson Headwaters system.

Hudson Headwaters Health Network is a group of community health centers providing care to the residents in 11 North Country towns, including Schroon Lake and Ticonderoga. Iqbal also saw patients in Ticonderoga.

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