By Jan White
CROCKETT –During the Houston County Hospital District board meeting on Dec. 13, the Finance Committee voted to pay off the loan to Prosperity Bank. The board has worked diligently for several years, making large payments in order to retire the debt as quickly as possible.
Board member Rhonda Brown stated, “Until Dina and I got up here, there was never $500k paid on that note. That is why we got on this board. We began to say, hey, we gotta pay this thing off. We’ve got the money, and we need to do it.”
After the vote to pay off the debt passed, members of both the board and the audience applauded. The balance of $500k plus interest will be paid off immediately.
Anthony Cumbie gave the hospital report, stating that in the month of November, there were 804 ER visits, and of those, 63 were transferred out. There were 32 admissions and 46 surgical cases; the rural health clinic had 164 visits and the specialty clinic had 165 patient visits.
When questioned about admissions, Cumbie reported that most of them were elderly patients with respiratory or congestive heart failure issues.
The ambulance report was given by Cassie Galloway, where she stated that for the month of November, they received 277 requests for services, of which 167 were transported, with 31 canceled calls and seventy-nine “no transfers.” The ambulance service requested air rescue for standby 32 times, and out of those, they only transported six patients. Galloway also stated that for the past few months, they received the highest volume of trauma cases, compared to this time last year, when they mainly saw cardiac and respiratory issues.