Hospital District buys lab and radiology equipment

By Becky Brewster

The Culberson County Hospital District awarded bids for a new chemistry analyzer for the lab and a new DR flat panel detector for radiology which are being funded by a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture. The bid for the chemistry analyzer was awarded to Cardinal Health for $45,000.  The bid for the DR flat panel detector was awarded to Triple X-Ray for $45,750.  The board rejected the lone bid for the ambulance chassis/remount since it was received after the deadline, and chose to re-advertise.  The District then selected the Pecos County State Bank as its official depository for a two-year period with a two-year renewal option.

Judy Blazek, Project Manager, briefed the Board on the status of the clinic construction project.  Blazek noted that all documentation has been filed with the insurance company on the vandalism claim which is still pending. The insurance company has hired a third-party to expedite the claim settlement.  The Board ratified and approved change orders for the project. Kathy Potts, Project Architect, reported that she and Fratto Engineering conducted a site inspection on October 12-13. Blazek reported that the project would be essentially shut down over the Christmas holidays, but since this time was built in to the project schedule, the project is still on time.

In other business, the Culberson County Hospital District:

• Approved financial reports and accounts payable.

• Authorized routine payments for FY 2016-2017.

• Approved the 2016 Tax Roll for Collection.

• Hired Knapp and Co. to conduct the FY 2015-2016 Audit.

• Approved tax sale proposal submitted by Velia Aguilar.

• Reviewed letter from TDA regarding recognition for “Excellence in Patient Satisfaction.”

• Learned that Preferred has a new Nurse Practitioner on Board: Kathleen Christian.

• Received a report on the EMS Survey and the Level 4 Trauma Waiver.