The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

Top News

July 4, 2014

Commerce hospital to open next spring

GREENVILLE — Hospital officials and local politicians were in Commerce last week to mark the ground breaking of Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center at Commerce, an approximately $5 million facility that will be located on Highway 24 between Whitley Residence Hall and the President’s House.

State Representative Dan Flynn, future U.S. Representative John Ratcliffe, A&M-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones, Hunt Regional Healthcare CEO Richard Carter, hospital board chairman Ron Wensel, Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti and Commerce City Manager Marc Clayton were all on hand to commemorate the initiation of construction on the new facility. Construction is set to finish up in the spring of 2015.

“We’re targeting the first part of April [2015],”  Alicia Wittkopf, director of Hunt Regional Healthcare Strategic Marketing Communications, said. “Of course, that depends on the weather.”

The new facility will offer outpatient and emergency room services. The inpatient portion of the current Commerce facility will be closed approximately 30 days before the new facility opens, with emergency room services staying open until the new facility is operational.

The fate of the current facility, which sits on Sterling Hart, is unknown at this time, Wittkopf said.

“What happens to the old building is up to the hospital board,” she said. “They have several options they will weigh.”

The project will be paid for through a $12.3 million bond that was passed by district voters in November of 2013. The bond also contained funds for a similar outpatient/ER facility in Quinlan and renovation of the third floor of the Greenville facility. The bonds are expected to be paid back over a 20 year period and will increase the hospital district property tax rate by .0181 cents.

The emergency room facilities in Quinlan and Commerce will cut down on the amount of patients the Greenville location sees, which hospital officials estimated was around 50,000 a year, an unsustainable number long term.

Text Only
Top News
House Ads
Featured Ads

Does Dallas head coach Jason Garrett need for the Cowboys to make the playoffs during the 2014 football season to keep his job?

Who knows with Jerry Jones as owner?
     View Results
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Real Estate News