Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Wednesday, December 18, 2002
Board discusses bids for hospital expansion work
By JENNIFER GALVAN
PECOS, Wed., Dec. 18, 2002 -- The Reeves County Hospital Board of Directors
was given information on bids being sent out for the hospital's expansion
project, during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening in the
Hospital Administrator Robert Vernor gave the board a proposal of sending
bid packets to the six contractors the board has reviewed. Each board member
received five packets each with information on the contractors at the last
meeting and a sixth one was given to them after the meeting, Vernor said.
"The six contractors fit the pre-qualifications and specifications we
set forth," he said.
A motion was made by board member Bill Wendt to accept the suggestion
of Vernor, which was seconded by Hugh Box.
Vernor also told the board that he had received an e-mail from Bob Walker
suggesting that the board implement into the contract the words `guaranteed
maximum price.' Walker and Rob Meese of Hammel-Green-Abrahamson, Inc., briefed
the board in June on the designs for the interior and exterior hospital renovations
and expansion plans.
By adding those words Vernor said that once a contactor bids a price he
could not change it.
"Once they bid a price that's it," Vernor said.
He also said that if the contractors came under their price the savings
would then come to the hospital.
"They will know that when they bid," Vernor said.
He also told the board that there was a concern about being obligated
to take the lowest bid no matter what but after talking to Attorney Kevin
Reed, the board can choose the lowest reasonable bid.
Vernor explained to the board that if a bid came in under $1 million but
could not meet the requirements they would not be obligated to accept the
He told the board that if a lower than predicted bid was submitted, HGA
and its architects would then meet and question why the bid was out of line
and determine if something may have been left out of that proposal.
If that is the case the board can then choose to go with the next lowest
"We decide who we want to award the bid too," Vernor said. "We want the
He said that some of the contractors are weaker then others, but the board
could determine which out of the six contractors would so a better job once
they reached that point.
The language of the contract would help them get the better contracts,
A motion was made by Box to go with the guaranteed maximum price with
Wendt seconding it.
Vernor and the hospital's chief financial officer Bill Conder, both informed
the board on the contract to revise the hospital charge master.
According to Vernor the charge master is basically a price list of what
the hospital charges, which has not been updated since 1992.
"It is below level," Vernor said.
Conder suggested to the board that an expert come in and make the necessary
adjustments where needed.
"It helps reimbursement," he said. "It also helps notify our coding problems."
Conder said that the charge master was a critical thing now a days and
that it would need to be updated.
By updating the charge master it would raise the revenue by $1,003,000.
The cost of an expect would cost $18,000 plus any out of pocket expenses,
Box made a motion to make changes in the charge master with Wendt seconding
Chief of Staff W.J. Bang told the board that he had nothing special to
add to the meeting regarding the medical staff report but would be glad to
answer any questions.
Though no questions were asked, Board President Linda Gholson said that
she had heard compliments on how well the hospital was doing and the attitude
of the workers.
In the Administrator's Report, Vernor informed the board that Conder,
who had been working with him as and Interim CFO, has agreed to stay and
will become a full time employee of the hospital as of January 1, 2003.
Box made a motion to accept the minutes of the previous meets with Wendt
Conder informed the board that the consent agenda of the monthly tax report,
financial statements and budget amendments and the payment of bills was deferred
to the mail and were accepted with Box making a motion and Wendt seconding
Board members Leo Hung and Vic-President/Secretary Chel Flores were both
absent for the meeting.
PHS band members qualify for area competition
PECOS, Wed., Dec. 18, 2002 -- Five Pecos High School band members will
advance to area competition in January following the All-Region High School
Band tryouts at Greenwood High School on Monday.
A total of 15 members of the Pecos Eagle Band traveled to Midland for
the Region 6 tryouts, according to PHS band director Merle Lenfest. Of that
group a total of six members earned a spot in the all-region group and five
placed high enough in their sections to advance to the area level competition
in Sundown on January 11.
The five were Savanna Orona, Carlos Salgado, Savanna West, GeNelle Willis
and K.W. Winkles. Competitors there from Class 3A, 2A and 1A will be seeking
to advance to the All-State Band competition, and the five PHS band students
will also go to Crane on Saturday, Jan. 25 for the All-Region Clinic Concert.
That event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Crane High School, with free admission.
One other PHS band member, Donald Walker, also earned a spot on the all-region
group, while the remaining Pecos representatives at Midland Greenwood were
Sarah Clark, Jacob Guzman, Hipolito Lira, Joe Lopez, Jonathan Martinez,
William Moody, Stephanie Ornelas, Roger Quintana and Paul Parker.
"The students demonstrated a desire to improve themselves and it is this
attitude that will help the Mighty Eagle Band continue to improve," said
Lenfest, who thanked the students for the time and effort they put into preparing
for the Region 6 competition.
Dates set by OC for Saturday class sign-ups
PECOS, Wed., Dec. 18, 2002 -- Registration for Odessa College's spring
weekend classes will be held during regular spring registration in January.
Weekend courses parallel those offered in regular term except they are
compressed into a shorter time span. Students whose last named begin with
the letters M-Z will register at OC from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday,
Jan. 8, and those with last names that begin with letters A-L will register
on Thursday, Jan. 9.
Session A and B classes begin on Saturday, Jan. 18. The last day to register
for those classes is Friday, Jan. 17 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. For further
information, contact the Odessa College Admissions Office at 915-335-6432
or visit the OC website at www.odessa.edu.
Marriages for October 2002, as filed with the Reeves County Clerk's
John Tall Chief Doctor and Leticia R. Rodriguez
Joshua Duke Pogue and Isela Lujan Ortiz
Sergio Antonio Lujan Cerna and Claudia Alejandra Aguilar
Marriages for November 2002, as filed with the Reeves County Clerk's
David Joseph Rodriguez and Daphanie Contrares Ortega
Jesus Zuniga and Crissy Marie Dominguez
Robert Andrew Natividad and Maribel Vasquez Mendoza
Kristopher Aaron Granado and Dorinda Esmerelda Darcia
Marriges for December 2002, as filed with the Reeves County Clerk's
Timothy Jacob Garcia and Magdelena Marie Mendoza
Bruce Robert Dury and Kathleen Ellen Murphy
Divorces for October 2002, as filed with the Reeves County District
Raymond Mora and Sharon Mora
Richard Brian Aguilar and Diana Rayos Aguilar
Ernesto Salvador Perea, Jr. and Kimberley Ann Ortega Perea
Orlando Sanchez and Rebecca Sanchez
Divorces for November 2002, as filed with the Reeves County District
Amelia Valariano and Samuel Valariano
Susan Jurado and Michael Jay Jurado
PECOS, Wed., Dec. 18, 2002 -- High Tuesday 76. Low this morning 52. Forecast
for tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows around 35. West winds 10 to 20 mph.
Thursday: Sunny. Highs in the lower 60s. West winds 10 to 15 mph. Thursday
night: Clear. Lows in the upper 20s. Friday: Sunny. Highs in the lower
60s. Saturday: Clear. Lows in the upper 20s. Highs in the lower 60s.
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