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Karnes appointed to TMHD position
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TRINITY — Trinity businessman Randy Karnes was appointed Monday to the vacant Position 2 seat on the Trinity Memorial Hospital District's board. Karnes will serve out the final year of former Position 2 Board Member Larry King's two-year term. King resigned from the board in January. Karnes has previously served on the TMHD board for more than eight years and is a past board president. In other board member activity during Monday's meeting, longtime TMHD director Jim Rippey voiced his farewell. Rippey, the Position 1 board member, did not seek re-election this year and will be replaced next month by Gregory Linn. "Over the last two decades I feel we, as a board, have accomplished a lot together," Rippey said. Rippey is the board's current vice president and has been the chairman of its Long Range Planning Committee for several years. During his years of service, projects which he helped plan include the new emergency room waiting area, the remodeled and updated ER, the new First Physician's Clinic, the hospital's new 15-bed patient wing and surgical suite as well as the new kitchen/cafeteria area. His latest project is the new pediatric clinic set to open next month inside the old hospital building. During Rippey's final Long Range Planning Committee report, he and ETMC-Trinity Administrator Brett Kirkham reported the new pediatric clinic is expected to open in early May and plans are being drafted to host an open house sometime during the last week of April. Once the new clinic is completed, Kirkham said work will begin to convert a break room and a conference room in the new patient wing into patient rooms. The break room would be moved into the old hospital area and four of the patient rooms in the old hospital will be remodeled. Rooms in the old hospital area did not originally contain restroom/shower facilities and Kirkham said they would be added as part of the remodeling process. In other business during the meeting, Kirkham reported the new OneChart System has been implemented and is in full operation (See related story on Page 1A). Kirkham also reported that during March, the local hospital provided $186,000 in free or reduced cost medical care under ETMC's charity programs Under its contract with ETMC, the hospital district pays the company $300,000 a year or $25,000 per month to provide free care to indigent residents of the district.