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March 11th, 2009
County, hospitals hosting town meetings on healthcare

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The Hays County commissioners court is joining with Seton Family of Hospitals, Central Texas Medical Center, CommuniCare Health Centers, the Hays County Health Coalition and community and business leaders to host public meetings intended to share views about healthcare needs in the county.

“This is the first time we’ve used this type of venue to get a 360-degree-view of health care opinions and hold open discussions among all the stakeholders — health care providers, elected officials and concerned citizens,” said Priscilla Hargraves, county’s Personal Health department director. “By tapping into all these groups we’ll have a sound idea of the direction our health care priorities should take to meet the needs of all residents and understand the barriers that need to fall in order to have that happen. Based on what we learn at the meetings, all the organizations involved can develop coordinated strategic plans that bring the best health care possible to all residents.”

Hays County and Seton also commissioned a Health Assessment survey to better define the county’s future health care needs.

“Improving the health of this community is a priority for many of us because we want to ensure access to primary care services to all. That was the idea behind the Health Assessment and why it was important for us to support and help fund,” said Herb Dyer, vice president and chief operations officer of Seton Medical Center Hays. “We believe that as Central Texas continues to grow, it is critical that we provide services to a community that has been historically medically underserved. Seton is proud to be part of providing a continuum of care through both the Health Assessment and the opening of Seton Medical Center Hays, which will open in October 2009.”

Along with Hargraves, County Judge Liz Sumter will attend the meetings and Commissioners Debbie Ingalsbe (Pct. 1), Jeff Barton (Pct. 2), Will Conley (Pct. 3) and Karen Ford (Pct. 4) will attend meetings in their respective precincts. Numerous mayors and health care representatives have also committed to taking part in the discussions.

Meetings are scheduled for:

March 16 at Buda City Hall, 6 p.m.

March 18 at Dripping Springs City Hall, 7 p.m.

March 24 at San Marcos Activities Center, 7 p.m. and

March 25 at Wimberley City Hall, 7 p.m.

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One thought on “County, hospitals hosting town meetings on healthcare

  1. I hope that Washington can get something done about the lack of affordable health care in this country. What we’ve been doing – the for-profit thing – is about to sink what is left of our ship. Maybe they should take a look at the Taiwan model of national healthcare – it’s an improvement over what UK & Canada have done, I think. Until we get all those profit-needing healthcare insurance companies out of the healthcare process, we’re doomed to have millions more Americans getting their headaches & flu treated at the emergency rooms. I just don’t think the politicians have the guts to do what the healthcare/insurance/pharma lobbyists don’t want done.

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