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:
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.Email | Print