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Stories Added - April 2010
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TMHD board updated on ETMC expansion

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TRINITY – The relocation of the emergency room ambulance entrance will be one of the first steps taken in the expansion of Trinity’s hospital, members of the Trinity Memorial Hospital District’s board were told Monday. During their monthly meeting, the TMHD board received an update on the proposed expansion of East Texas Medical Center-Trinity, which is set to kickoff on Monday, April 26. ETMC Administrator Warren Robicheaux told the board that in addition to moving the ambulance entrance, crews are set to begin building a new concrete pad for the mobile MRI truck that visits the local hospital. The existing MRI pad site and the ambulance entrance are currently located where a new 15 room patient wing, surgical suite and entry way are set to be added to the hospital. While the bulk of the $7.4 million expansion project will take place on the north side of the hospital, a new kitchen and cafeteria with seating for 50 will be built on the south side of the facility. “We obviously have to relocate these areas so we don’t disrupt the services when the construction on the new patient wing begins,” Robicheaux said. “A lot of planning has been made to phase in the construction to minimally disrupt the ER,” he added. The new MRI pad site will be located next to the existing loading dock and the ER ambulance entrance will remain on the north side of the hospital but will be shifted to the west. Robicheaux told the board the construction manager for the project has been on-site for the past week and work was ready to proceed. He noted the formal groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion project was set for noon on Monday, April 26, with officials from the ETMC’s corporate offices in Tyler set to attend. “A tent is being set up in the north parking lot and invitations have been mailed out. Let people know that they do not need an invitation to attend. This will be open to everyone,” he told the board. Election report During the meeting, Election Judge Virginia Johnson also updated the board on preparations being made for the May 8 hospital district election. She noted that a minor controversy developed earlier over reproducing sample ballots but has since been resolved. The problem developed when two different rulings were received from different attorneys in the Texas Secretary of State’s office. Early voting runs from April 26 through May 4 at the Trinity Independent School District’s board room at 101 W. Jefferson. Election day polls will be open May 8 at the Trinity Intermediate School’s auditorium. Johnson noted that those wishing to vote by mail have until April 30 to submit applications. Other business During the meeting, the board: • Learned that during March, ETMC provided $44,000 in free or reduced cost care through the indigent and charity programs to low income patients. The district currently pays ETMC $25,000 per month for indigent care services. • Discussed the late operating hours for the ETMC clinic. Currently, the clinic stays open until 7 p.m. each Monday. Robicheaux said that while there is a high volume of pediatric patients after 5 p.m. each Monday, the number of adult patients is relatively small and they are currently re-evaluating program. • Learned from TMHD financial advisor Thomas Ramey that the district currently has $8,360 in its checking account, $333,594 in money market accounts at First National Bank and $159,000 in certificates of deposit at First Community Bank

 

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