RED HOOK - The sudden closing of a medical center in Red Hook has dozens of patients scrambling to find another place for health care.

Family Medical Center at 52 Lorraine St. has shut its doors. About a dozen employees have lost their jobs and some doctors and staff will have to relocate to other sites in the city. Employees say they did not see the closing coming and were surprised when they were abruptly terminated. Patients say they were shocked to see the doors closed. Some even showed up for appointments after not being notified.

Officials at the center, which is run by Doctors Medical Group, say they decided to close one office in Brooklyn and one in the Bronx to save money. A spokesperson for the group says patients were supposed to be contacted prior to the closing.