Hospital board considering outpatient facilities

Aug 7, 2013

The Hunt Memorial Hospital District Board could vote this week to call for a bond election, the proceeds from which would be used to build new outpatient facilities in Greenville and Commerce.

The Board is also scheduled to review the district’s proposed Fiscal Year 2014 Budget and vote to set a property tax rate during a meeting starting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the sixth flood boardroom at the Hunt Regional Hospital, 4215 Joe Ramsey Boulevard in Greenville.

The item was included on the board’s July 23 agenda, but a vote to call for the election was not taken at that time, as the board had not yet determined the size of the bond, or if one would be needed.

Last month John Heatherly, assistant administrator at Hunt Regional Healthcare, said the organization is considering building a $4 million outpatient facility in Commerce, with construction to begin next summer. The current facility at 2900 Sterling Hart Drive in Commerce would not be able to contain the new operation. The district is currently looking at parcels of land along State Highway 24.

The hospital board has until August 26 to call for a bond election on November 5, which is also scheduled to be the date of the election to determine the fate of proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution.