Riverside, California 2021-10-18 19:10:41 –
Aranzas Pass, Texas — The 2021 San Patricio County ballot has suggestions for the county’s hospital district.
The Care Regional Medical Center in Aranzas Pass was destroyed in 2017 by Hurricane Harvey, the only hospital in the area.
If you have to go to the ICU in San Patricio County, you’ll be forced to pass through places like bridges, Calallen and Beeville, but two men in Portland are trying to change that.
“Life expectancy in San Patricio County is three years shorter than the state average,” said Dr. James Mobley, director of health at the county. “Compared to the state average, about 7-10 people have died in over-accidents again in this county.”
Mobley has been practicing medical care in Portland for over 40 years.
“There were two patients in one of Portland’s ERs, both bleeding,” Mobley said. “Only one ICU bed was available. One of them died. A hospital here would have saved that life.”
Mobley and former city council member Ron Jorgensen are trying to bring the hospital district to San Patricio County and have invested $ 50,000 in their own money.
“He had medical knowledge,” Jorgensen said. “I spent 23 years in the Portland city council and understood the process.”
Bill Wilson, acting mayor of Portland, said private hospitals wouldn’t cost taxpayers too much, but hospital districts would.
“We are not against the hospital,” Wilson said. “We oppose the false assumption that taxpayers have to pick up tabs.”
The district will be a Level IV trauma center.
Some opponents claim that Portland already has an emergency room.
“Premier cannot do blood banking. Premier does not have an ICU and Premier cannot accommodate patients overnight. Premier does not have an OR. It is not a hospital.”
Wilson said there wasn’t enough information for voters to make informed decisions.
“What kind of service does this hospital offer?” Wilson said. “How do you staff? How do you raise money? How much does it cost to operate?”
Early voting began on Monday. The election day is November 2nd.
If the proposal is passed, the next step is for the county minister to appoint a hospital district board.
If not, Jorgensen and Mobley said they would return to the blueprints.
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