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Hospital construction work proceeds
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TRINITY – Site preparation for a new hospital wing is almost complete and major construction work is set to kick off, members of the Trinity Memorial Hospital Board were told Monday night. During the brief meeting, East Texas Medical Center-Trinity Administrator Warren Robicheaux gave the board an update on construction work now underway. The hospital is in the process of adding a new 15-patient room wing, surgicial suit, entry way/lobby and cafeteria/kitchen. Board member Jim Rippey, who chairs the hospital district’s long range planning committee, said that a preliminary construction schedule has been created indicating the work should be completed by September 2011. In other business, the board was told that work is continuing through the Texas Legislative Council to “clean up” hospital district legislation around the state. Hospital districts, such the one in Trinity, were each created by independent legislation and all operate on a wide variety of rules. Work is now underway in Austin to establish a common set of rules and regulations governing all such districts. One of the areas that is being targeted by the local board for a change concerns the board’s quorum. Currently, under the law which created the Trinity Memorial Hospital District, only four of the nine board members need to be present before an official meeting can be held. Normally, a quorum includes at least 50 percent of a board and the local officials are asking that their quorum be increased to five members. During Monday’s meeting, the board voted to cancel their December meeting due to the approaching holidays. Their next regular meeting is now scheduled for Jan. 17.