The Ector County Hospital District Board of Directors on Tuesday approved a purchase of land in Odessa that will eventually be used for a future Medical Center Hospital primary care clinic site.
The purchase of property, from some business people in Odessa, is located at 3001 JBS Parkway and stands where a Chinese restaurant, Red Sun China Buffet, is now located, according to Bill Webster, chief executive officer for Medical Center Health System. The board, with Virgil Trower abstaining, unanimously approved the purchase, which was $1 million and includes the land and the building. Trower is a Realtor, so he abstained.
Webster told the OA that construction would begin probably sometime in the next 12 to 18 months. No determination has been made on whether to use the current building or raze it and build a new structure. Land purchased is a little more than 2 acres, Webster said.
Also Tuesday, board members listened to an Odessans for Kids presentation from Renee Earls on the 2012 ECISD bond program.
Earls, a member of Odessans for Kids, told the board when new companies come to town, company representatives ask about a city’s health care facilities and local school system.
“We need to be able to stand up and be proud and say we have a progressive school district and it’s something that we want our children to go to,” Earls said.
In other action, the board:
>> Accepted the resignation of Robert Abernethy, former MCH chief financial officer, as treasurer of ProCare. Jon Riggs, the new MCH chief financial officer, was appointed as the new treasurer of ProCare, which is a subsidiary of Medical Center Health System.
>> Approved reports/recommendations from the finance and joint conference committees.
>> Approved 2013 ECHD Board and Finance Committee meeting dates.
>> Heard a report from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin.
>> Approved measures on the Lexicomp Pharmacy Software Agreement and verification to Prosperity Bank that the ECHD is a public entity and that ECHD stands behind a loan that was taken out a couple of years ago from American State Bank, which was acquired by Prosperity Bank.