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Houston County Courier - Local News
Stories Added - June 2009
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House nears completion
Houston County Courier -  June 2009

By Daphne Hereford
Managing Editor

Houston County Hospital Board Member Dr. Ray Morrison reported that work is almost completed on the resident-student housing project.
Dr. Morrison said that Nicholas Construction Company is expected to hand over the key on Friday, June 19, just three months after construction began.
Board Member Dr. Patrick Walker said he had prepared resident lease agreements that should generate $11,000 a year. Dr. Walker said $3,000 would come from Anesthesia Safety First and $8,000 from Texas A&M University.
HCHD President John Stovall told Dr. Walker he would like an attorney to look over the resident lease agreements before they were signed.
Stovall said ETMC had agreed to pay the water and electric bills for the house.
In other business, Dr. Morrison opened bids for the furniture for the resident-student house.
Knox Furniture submitted a bid in the amount of $16,960 with additional options of $1,399 noting that a less expensive version of the furniture listed in the specifications was available for $12,000.
Darsey Furniture submitted a bid that included photographs, in the amount of $17,917.90.
Dr. Walker suggested that Dr. Morrison have his quality control people verify quality and quantity of the furniture and refer the information to Dr. Stovall for final approval since the board would not meet in July.
Dr. Morrison said the furniture bids did not include linen and related items and suggested a “shower” be held at the facility to allow members of the community to donate needed items.
Dr. Morrison said he received two bids from Houston County Carpet for blinds at the resident-student house one in the amount of $2,200 and the other about $1,500 with quality determining the difference in pricing.
Dr. Morrison said because of the amount of that project, they did not have to advertise for bids.
Dr. Morrison then reported that the construction was over budget by about $4,000 because Nicholas Construction inadvertently failed to include some electrical conduit in the original bid. He added that Nicholas had done some things on the project that he didn’t have to do and he would support approving the overage. Board members present approved the measure with Dr. Walker abstaining from the vote.
Board members Barbara Crowson, Virginia Lewis, Dr. Richard Kelly and newly appointed member Carol Dawson were absent from the meeting.
ETMC Administrator Terry Cutler reported that the census has responded to the summer months and was down which was normal.
During the financial reports, Dick Murchison said although they did not list specifics the hospital exchange, which provides insurance coverage for directors, did not intend to renew the policy that was scheduled to expire the end of July.
During the financial reports, Dr. Morrison asked board members to approve taking $850 from Medical Library Fund to be used to purchase a pull-down screen for video and projection at the resident-student house.






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