Saying that they can’t get any new doctors to join their practice, the Pediatric Clinic in Longview is announcing that it will close its doors on October 21st, ending 50 years of medical service to children and families in the local community. Today’s Daily News reports on the pending closure, saying that letters went out last week to more than three thousand patients. The remaining doctors say that they plan to join the PeaceHealth Medical Group; officials with St. John Medical Center say that these three doctors are part of their plan to expand its outpatient pediatrics program. Dr. Daryl Linnell says that it was a simple issue of economics; along with the inability to replace doctors that have recently retired, income was also being pinched by a loss of insurance contracts and reduced Medicaid reimbursements. With the closure of the Pediatric Clinic, the Child and Adolescent Clinic on 11th Avenue remains as the area’s only private pediatric practice. That clinic’s medical director, Dr. Phyllis Cavens, says that they are in a solid financial position, and have no plans of closing or reducing services.