Graduate Medical Education Program at the Hospital

The Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Board took one step closer to establishing a Graduate Medical Education Program at the hospital. Monday night the board approved going forward with phase II detailed implementation planning. The board action followed a presentation by its’ consultant ECG Management. The board received a $150,000 planning grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to evaluate the feasibility of getting into the Graduate Medical Education Program. The board is looking at collaborating with UT Health Northeast of Tyler. The program is called a rural track family medicine residency program. The program is designed for residents to spend their first year in Tyler and then their last two years at Hopkins County Memorial Hospital supervised by local doctors. At some point the board will decide whether or not to proceed with phase III implementation plan and execution. After that it is expected to take three to four years to come about. Getting certified alone takes about 24 months. After residents are selected, they’ll spend a year in Tyler.

In other business, oaths of office were given to reelected board members Dr. Bill Dietze and Tim Kelty. Last month new board member Dr. Dan Roper was sworn in. They were the only three that filed for three seats and they did not have to face an election. Kelty was also named President of the Board for the next year. Suzanne Thomas Bankston was chosen vice-President and Dr. David Black Secretary.
Also CFO Donna Wallace had pretty good news concerning revenue and expenses in May. It was a positive month for the hospital. Ms. Wallace attributed that to outpatient revenue. She said the hospital had been trending up for several months in a row and she added some good things were beginning to happen.

By Don Julian, KSST News and Sports Director

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