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Stories Added - January 2009
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Houston County Hospital District Board of Directors Discusses How to Spend Grant Money
Houston County Courier -  January 2009
By Sharron Randall
Staff Writer

Tuesday, Jan. 20, during board member Dr. Patrick Walker's surgery center update, the Houston County Hospital District Board of Director discussed with ETMC CEO Terry Cutler costs of replacing or repairing the existing chiller.
Dr. Walker reported that the $300,000 in grant funds must be spent by Sept. 1 and partnering with ETMC would cut electric bills in half.  He also said that by May when the temperatures rise, a new air conditioning system needs to be in place.
Cutler said he would have figures available and ETMC would state its intentions by the next meeting.
CPA Dick Murchison said he would be "brief" as he reviewed November and December 2008 financial reports when Dr. John Stovall, president of the hospital board said that the meeting room needed to be vacated by 6:30 p.m.
Financial reports were unanimously approved by members present: Deborah Blackwell, Dr. Ray Morrison, Dr. George Beeler, Dr. Richard Kelly, Virginia Lewis, Ronald LaRue, Dr. Stovall and Dr. Walker.  Barbara Crowson was not in attendance.
Orders and resolutions for the May Election, May 9, were unanimously adopted.  Mr. and Mrs. Morris Easterly were approved as early voting officers and Margaret House was approved as early voting clerk.
The deadline for filing for a place on the hospital district board is Mar. 6, 45-days before the election, by 5 p.m.  Mrs. Crowson, Dr. Kelly, Dr. Walker, Ms. Lewis and LaRue will be seeking re-election.
A debate ensued between board members as Dr. Morrison gave an update on the resident-student housing and asked the board to approve advertising for bids.
No site has been determined as yet for the new structure.  Dr. Morrison, Cutler and Robert Layton were to meet Wednesday at lunch with site plat and select a spot for the housing unit.
A biddable plan with proper specifications and code regulations will be designed before the building will be put out for bids.  The "fair and legal" proposed action was approved unanimously.
Dr. Kelly reported on the C.O. Murray Community Clinic.  He said, "It's going."  There are eight practitioners who volunteer two at a time once a month. Dr. Kelly complemented the clerical and nursing staff volunteers.
A dental clinic will be held at the First Baptist Church on Feb. 6, 6:30 a.m.-5 p.m. with over 10 dentists seeing 100 patients.
John Jenkins reported that he has spoken with at least eight entities about medical education for students in Houston County.
Cutler reported that everything was running well except for "the chiller"
Before adjournment, Ms. Blackwell remarked that the hospital seemed to be doing good business, Dr. Morrison replied, "There's not a recession in illness."











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