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Election canceled due to lack of candidates
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TRINITY – After no races developed for the five open board seats, the Trinity Memorial Hospital District's board formally canceled their May 11 election. Under state law, hospital districts and other entities may cancel uncontested elections as cost saving measures. During Monday's meeting, it was estimated the district would save about $5,000 by not having to have a public vote. In voting to cancel the election, the board also declared the candidates who did file as the winners and all will begin their two-year terms in office in May. The only newcomer to the board, Gregory Linn of Sebastopol, will replace Jim Rippey in the Position 1 seat. Rippey did not seek re-election this year. The other four board seats will be filled by the incumbents, including Marguery Williams in Position 3, Lois Saldana in Position 5, Cheryl Spearman in Position 7 and Jerry Russ in Position 9. In other business during Monday's hospital board meeting, the board learned that the new pediatric clinic at East Texas Medical Center-Trinity would open at the end of April. The area that will house the new clinic was formally used as the hospital's business office and is still in the process of being remodeled. In related action, Saldana suggested and the board agreed to recognize Rippey and current Board President Dave Ward for their hours of work on TMHD's Long Range Planning Committee. Saldana's recommendation was that a plaque be placed in the new pediatric clinic recognizing the two for their work in helping plan the clinic and other recent hospital improvements. The board also discussed allocating more space for the planned relocation of the hospital's chapel. The area currently used by the chapel will be converted into a nurse's station to service newly refurbished rooms in the old section of the hospital. Initial plans for the relocation of the chapel were presented to the board, which agreed that more space was needed. Under the tentative plan proposed to the board, two restroom areas adjacent to the new location of the chapel will be removed and that space will be added as part of the chapel. In his report to the board, ETMC Hospital Administrator reported that during February, the hospital provided about $160,000 in free or reduced cost care under its charity program.