The Hopkins County Memorial Hospital Board is moving slowly toward setting up Memorial Express Care or urgent care for so-called minor emergencies. Monday night the board asked questions of Wayne Cooper, owner of the Radio Shack Building, a possible site for Express Care. Questions dealt with insurance, maintenance, taxes, utilities and parking. The board indicated negotiations on a lease should continue. The board also got a CHRISTUS partnership progress report during executive session.
Michael McAndrew, Memorial CEO, stated that after consulting with Trammel-Crow real estate and leasing division, he is much more comfortable with the retail building that formerly housed Radio Shack. He calls the building one of the best locations available at this time for an express care facility. The facility is less costly than expected.
Dr. Scott McDermont told the board that the hospital medical staff is overwhelmingly positive toward the partnership with CHRISTUS.