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Stories Added - October 21, 2007 - October 28, 2007
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Hospital board to review response
Houston County Courier - October 2007

By Daphne Hereford
Managing Editor

At the conclusion of a meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 16, members of the Houston County Hospital District board agreed to review the response received from ETMC Regional Healthcare System regarding a letter they sent to ETMC dated Sept. 6.
The Sept. 6 letter sent to ETMC by HCHD expressed their concerns regarding services offered at the hospital.
The HCHD board will revisit the letter at the November meeting.
Board Chairman Dr. John Stovall opened the discussion by saying, "Just like any other issue with two opinions there will be differences." Stovall asked members if they would like a few weeks to review the information and consider it at the next meeting.
Dr. Patrick Walker said, "They (ETMC) are going to tell us bull---- forever. Their response is bogus."
Dr. Richard Kelly commented, "Since the board (HCHD) has been pushing. We have had movement. It has been a damn hard push. We need to keep pushing and make them do what their supposed to."
Board Member Deborah Blackwell suggested HCHD identify one-two items most important and work on those.
Kelly interjected, "The community is growing to the point we need second level care. I don't think we necessarily need an adversarial view with ETMC." Kelly said the rural clinic aspect would increase the draw area and if ETMC wanted to cooperate the district could do it with them or through other means.
Stovall asked about resident physicians and Walker replied, "We probably have had some good candidates but dropped the ball."
Walker commented that he and Dr. Ray Morrison had discussed spending some board money to build a separate room for students and resident physicans in a nice spot for continued education so they would have a good experience while here. He said a more formal presentation could be presented to the board for an expenditure of probably $20,000-$30,000 for a two-room suite and training area.
ETMC Administrator Terry Cutler said the location of the suite would depend on the 5-year ETMC facility plan. Stovall said he felt ETMC should know the board is willing to help remodel some areas of the hospital. Addressing Cutler he said, "I appreciate you making a special effort to communicate this to ETMC."
In other business, board members heard a financial report from Dick Murchison indicating the district has total assets of $7.4 million.
Following a public hearing on the matter, the board approved a resolution to tax tangible personal property in transit which would otherwise be exempt pursuant to the tax code.
The board tabled consideration of awarding a bid received from First National Bank Crockett for the depository contract to the November meeting.











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