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Friday, April 2, 2004

Hospital grand opening rescheduled for April 15

Staff Writer

The grand opening of the new $8 million addition to Reeves County Hospital is now scheduled for Thursday, April 15, five weeks behind the original completion date.

The addition, which will include a first-ever kidney dialysis center for Pecos, along with expanded emergency room facilities, was originally scheduled to open on March 11, a year after the initial start-up date for the project. That date was postponed for two weeks due to delays in final inspections by the Texas Department of Health, and the project’s opening was put off again due to heavy rains that forced a temporary halt to dirt work on the north side of the hospital.

Local residents attending Saturday’s 17th Annual Reeves County Hospital Health Fair will get a small preview of the new facility, but the booths set up in the hospital will all be in the existing wings of the 27-year-old building.

The dialysis center is designed to serve Pecos residents along with those in surrounding communities. In addition to new state of the art equipment the hospital will also offer the services of a full time Nephrologist. Patients will no longer need to travel to Odessa/Midland or to El Paso to receive the medical care needed for their dialysis treatments.

The new and expanded emergency room facilities will be a Level IV trauma certified facility. It will include three trauma rooms, one trauma x-ray room, three minor treatment rooms including a casting room, one special exam room, and one secured holding room. The expansion will also be the new home for the Pecos Valley Rural Health Clinic, the Specialty Clinics, and the Physical Therapy Department.

Saturday’s health fair is scheduled to have about 70 groups and individuals signed up. RCH board president Linda Gholson said those wanting to take tests during the fair could pre-register from 3-6 p.m. today, while the fair itself will run from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Reeves Couth Hospital’s Public Relations Director Venetta Seals said that volunteers would have the opportunity to have their test done early, but to qualify for the early testing, they must work the actual event.

“We will be testing the volunteers from 7-8:30 a.m. the morning of the fair, to allow them to get their tests completed before the event begins,” Seals said.

Former city worker faces tampering charges

Staff Writer

An indicment against Town of Pecos City Water Superintendent Octavio Garcia was returned by a 143rd grand jury in mid-March, two weeks before Garcia retired after a three decade long career working for the city.

Garcia’s last day on the job was Wednesday, while the indictment was returned on March 18 by the 143rd Judicial District Court for “tampering with a government record.” The indictment states that on Dec. 15 of 2002, Garcia made a false entry into a government record “by punching (a municipal) time card into time clock when the entry was false.”

Town of Pecos City Manager Joseph Torres said that it was never appropriate for a city employee to make an entry onto another employee’s time card.

“Our salaried employees do not have to clock in or out, they are considered on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Torres said. “However, our hourly employees are only allowed to be clocking time onto their own card.”

Torres assumed the duties of city manager in February, and was not in his current job when Garcia’s alleged tampering incident occurred.

Garcia had worked for the city for 31 years before retiring from his job on March 31. His position was one of the salaried employee positions for the Town of Pecos City.

Balmorhea girl injured in collision with vehicle

Staff Writer

A young girl was transported to Reeves County Hospital last evening, following a pedestrian/vehicle accident that occurred in Balmorhea. The accident happened at about 8:30 p.m., on the corner of Houston and Railroad Avenue in Balmorhea.

“We don’t know exactly how it happened and the accident is still under investigation,” said Reeves County Sheriff’s Deputy Lionel Garza.

The girl, whose name was not given, was transported to Reeves County Hospital, after an ambulance was dispatched to the location.

“She was checked out by EMS personnel and then transported to the Pecos hospital,” said Garza. “She was complaining about pain in her left side, but what injuries there were are not know at this time,” said Garza.

Garza said that the vehicle was traveling at a slow speed at the time of the accident. “The car had just passed some bumps when it hit her,” said Garza. “But she was treated here at the scene and then transported to the hospital,” he said.

Garza said that they are still investigating the accident and whether or not any charges or citations will be issued.


Marcus Cleveland

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