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March 2nd, 2009
County judge seeks citizen input on health care

Courthouse Connections: A Column
by LIZ SUMTER
Hays County Judge

Hays County is making progress in bringing health care facilities to our area to meet the needs of our exploding population – but we need to hear from you!

Health issues in our county have always been of great concern to me.  A little over a year ago I had the opportunity to work with a great group of folks, now known as the Hays County Coalition, from all walks of life who wanted to improve health care in Hays County.  Today, we continue to work together to assess, improve, educate and find ways to provide more accessible health care to everyone.

The Hays County Coalition, which is made up of community leaders, continues to lead the effort to bring primary care to our area. Good things are already happening in our county to serve our citizens.  CommuniCare Health Center recently opened a Clinic in Hays County to help serve our medically underserved population, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is expanding its ability to serve our citizens, and the Seton Medical Center currently underway on I-35 near Kyle and Buda will serve all of Hays County.

A health assessment was recently commissioned by Hays County and Seton to help identify where our county needs to head in the future.  We have those survey results and now, we need to pass them on to you as well as hear what you have to say about future health care in our county.

We plan to hold four health care meetings in Hays County next month. On the panel to answer your questions will be your County Commissioners, Mayors, Hays County’s Personal Health Director, and representatives from Central Texas Medical Center, Seton Hospital, CommuniCare and Central Texas Sustainability Indicators Project. The moderator will be Bobbi Ryder, President and CEO of the National Center for Home Health. It is important that you attend one of these meetings, get your questions answered, and give us your opinions and ideas about how to address the growing health needs in Hays County.

Please try to attend at least one of the meetings. Dates, time and places are:

  • March 16, Monday, at 6 p.m., Buda City Hall, 121 Main Street, Buda
  • March 18, Wednesday, at 7 p.m., Dripping Springs City Hall, 511 Mercer Street, Dripping Springs
  • March 24, Tuesday at 7 p.m., San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, San Marcos
  • March 25, Wednesday at 7 p.m. Wimberley City Hall, 12111 RR12, Wimberley

My hope for the future of Hays County is a healthy one for all of us – but it will take all of us to get there. The first step is your voice.  Please join us as we explore health care solutions for Hays County.

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0 thoughts on “County judge seeks citizen input on health care

  1. I hope this is all well intentioned, but I wonder how much these major health institutions like Seton and CommuniCarehave promised to donate to the judge’s reelection campaign

  2. The lack access to county health care in northern Hays county is amazing. The closest for immunizations and clinic care is Kyle. Mobile clinics to this area or a contract with a local provider to use their space or whatever other solutions can be offered should be investigated. It doesn’t sound like they are considering anything in the was of clinic care or services for this growing area. I will try to attend to see if such needs are being addressed. Also, the lack of computerization is amazing and means a large amount of time is spent on mundane tasks. Wonder if they have any plans along these lines.

  3. We live in Dripping. The closest clinic for this growing area for any county health services, even immunizations now, is Kyle. I would like to see if they have any solutions for this growing need and any plans to end the lack of computerization in their county offices. They spend a lot of time on mundane clerical tasks and inefficient record keeping at the clinic – they deliver services just like they did in the ’60’s from what I have observed. This forum etc. does sound like it is “sponsored” by corporations rather than citizens no matter the original impetus.

  4. I think Sallyp hit the nail on the head. How much of this is predetermined? How much of it will benefit the Judge?

  5. Give me a break judge . . .

    Stop ignoring and avoiding the families that live in Kyle.

    Judge, you wrote “Seton Medical Center currently underway on I-35 NEAR Kyle”. How about Seton Medical Center IN Kyle. The citizens of Kyle have had to invest heavily to improve our infrastrucutre from “County Standards” to make projects like Seton Hospital possible.

    And as memory serves, you were actually initially against the entire development agreement that allowed Kyle to bring in this Hospital to Hays County.

    This statement you made and the fact that you have -once again- ignored the Kyle area when planning your public meetings leads me to believe you could care less about the families in the Kyle community.

    I guess Kyle will return the favor in 2010.

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