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Local hospital board readies for election
Houston County Courier - April 2008
By Daphne Hereford
Members of the Houston County Hospital Board attending the regular meeting held Tuesday, April 15 heard an update on the pending Saturday, May 10 election that will fill four positions from Dick Murchison.
Murchison told the five board members in attendance that the cost of the election to the district would be approximately $5,000. He said nine auto-marking machines would be required which would be rented from the county at a cost of $50 each.
He also reported that he had talked with the superintendent of Lovelady Independent School District regarding their joint participation in the election and he should have an answer following the school district's Monday, April 21 meeting.
Murchison said if the school district did not participate with the hospital district in the election that workers would have to be employed to man the four boxes.
Following a question from Dr. Patrick Walker on the possibility of holding the election with one box at the courthouse, Murchison reported that any change in election polling places must be approved by the US Justice Department.
During the ETMC update portion of the agenda, Dr. Walker said the nursing school was successfully utilizing the flat screen television for online instruction between Crockett, Jasper and Lufkin.
He said the school was in need of a new recitation dummy at a cost of about $3,800 and a suction apparatus a approximately $575. The board approved the purchase of the items for the school.
Dr. Walker also said there may be some great news in that they may acquire an instructor for the transition programs for LVN to RN. He suggested the board consider subsidizing the salary of the position. He said he would bring a proposal regarding the possibility of a subsidy to the next meeting.
HCHD board members absent from the meeting included Ronnie LaRue, Virginia Lewis and Deborah Blackwell.