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Seminole (Texas) Sentinel * Sunday, November 3,2013
Admin: 'January 2014' Start Projected
By Dustin Wright
Sentinel Managing Editor
That was the anticipated start time
quoted by Seminole Hospital District
officials on Thursday for the start of
the entity's $48.5 million expansion/
renovation project to the Memorial
Hospital and Memorial Health Care
"If all goes according to plan over
the next several weeks with finalizing
a few things, we should be breaking
ground with the project around that
time period," said Betsy Briscoe,
Chief Executive Officer of the Semi-
nole Hospital District on Thursday.
"Were excited to get this process
In late-September, officials with the
Seminole Hospital Districts Board
of Directors unanimously approved
of using the construction manager
at-risk (CMAR) delivery method for
the oversight of the project.
Briscoe, on Thursday, said SHD
Board of Directors should approve
the CMAR process in their Nov. 21
regular meeting, if all goes according
The SHD bond project, which will
primarily see the expansion of facili-
ties at the Memorial Hospital cam-
pus, will total 128,450 sq ft in size,
of which 81,020 sq ft will be new
construction, according to informa-
tion provided by SHD officials. Ac-
cording to Briscoe, aside from the
new construction, "95-percent" of
the Memorial Hospital campus will
see some sort of renovation as part
of the bond project.
SHD and project officials, with the
passage of the bond, anticipate a
24-month work schedule for com-
pletion once construction begins.
Designs of the project were de-
veloped by McKinstry, a full-service
design, build, operate and maintain
(DBOM) firm hired by the local
hospital district for the project.
Project plans call for the construc-
tion of a new two-level emergency/
operating room wing facility ad-
jacent to the current emergency
room facility at Memorial Hospital,
according to a Feb. 18 project pre-
sentation to SHD board members.
Ground level facilities for the
new addition would feature the
hospitals emergency room facil-
ity, which would include four ER
patient rooms, one cardiac room,
two trauma rooms, one isolation
room, two storage rooms, three
treatment rooms, and four urgent
care rooms. In addition, the ER fa-
cility would see an enlarged waiting
area, with a holding capacity of 35-
to-40 people, and separate patient
entrances for emergency personnel
The second level of the facility
would house the hospital’s operat-
ing room department, complete
with two full-sized operating room
and one Caesarean section operat-
ing room, which could easily con-
vert over to a full operating room
in the event of additional surgical-
General patient rooms for the fa-
cility would remain on the ground
level of the hospitals floor plans,
according to drawings presented
in Mondays meeting, while an ex-
panded Labor/Delivery Dept, and
Outpatient Surgery wing would be
constructed on top of the campus'
current patient wings.
Additions at the Memorial Health
Care Center will see the addition of
16 new rooms, broken into four,
four-patient pods," which would
have the capability of housing Al-
The Memorial Hospital campus,
upon completion of the project, is
anticipated to possess 31 patient
• Indictment Explains Crime
From Page 1A penetration of the child, who was sentenced to pay court costs and
De Los Reyes was indicted by a then and there younger than 14 appointed attorney's fees.
Gaines County grand jury in Sep- years of age, with the finger, the male De Los Reyes remains in the
tember on the charge, according to sexual organ, and with an object custody of Gaines County law en-
a criminal indictment unknown to the Grand Jury forcement officials, as he awaits his
The indictment states De Los In addition to his sentence in the transfer to the TDC system.
Reyes- ’did then and there for inten- Texas Dept, of Criminal Justice
tionally and knowingly cause the System, De Los Reyes was also
Locally in Gaines County, election polls will be avail-
able at four community locations scattered throughout
the county, in Seminole, Seagraves, Loop and Hig-
Tuesdays polls, which will be open from 7 a.m. until
7 p.m., will be located at the following locations: Gaines
County Civic Building in Seminole; Seagraves Commu-
nity Building in Seagraves; Loop Community Building
in Loop, and; Higginbotham Community Building in
In Tuesday’s election, Proposition 6 -- one of nine
proposed Texas constitutional amendments on the
ballot - asks Texas voters to set aside tunding for the
creation of a State Water Implementation Fund as a
way to see the state begin combating water shortage
issues across the state.
The proposition states: “The constitutional amend-
ment for the creation of the State Water Implementation
Fund for Texas and the State Water Implementation
Revenue Fund for Texas to assist in the financing of
priority projects in the state water plan to ensure the
availability of adequate water resources.”
The proposition, if passed, will establish two funds to
finance water plan projects—the State Water Imple-
mentation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and the State Water
Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT).
Those funds would receive financial resources for
Also, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB)
would have authority to enter into bond enhance-
ment agreements to make bonds more attractive to
TWDB could issue bonds and related credit agree-
ments and to make loans for water projects in the state
The long range plan for Texas water shows that, con-
sidering the current water availability level and estimated
population growth, the state will not have ample water
to meet demand in as short a time as 30 to 40 years.
The Texas legislature has passed legislation allowing
transfer of $2 billion from an economic stabilization
fund -the Rainy Day Fund—if the amendment passes.
From Page lA
Those tunds would be used as leverage for low-interest
loans with more favorable repayment options as well as
other borrower advantages.
Small communities like Seminole and Seagraves
could borrow money to fund water-related projects
and enjoy lower interest rates normally only available
to larger municipalities.
At least 10 percent of funds would be dedicated to
improving water resources for rural areas and 20 percent
would be marked for conservation or reuse.
A brochure from the League of Women Voters in
Texas offers a pro and con analysis of how the amend-
ment would affect Texas.
The pros include the necessity of assuring the state has
an adequate water supply to maintain current economic
activity and provide for future growth.
Attracting new companies to a state without adequate
water will be, at best, difficult.
The tunding mechanisms will provide a good base
from which to generate more revenue and investment
in water projects across the state.
Also, tapping funds from the Rainy Day Fund allows
transfer of funds to vehicles that offer potential for better
Another advantage is to avoid the catastrophe of doing
nothing. “Texas stands to lose millions of jobs and suffer
reduced economic activity and decreased tax revenue, ”
the brochure reports, if the proposal does not pass.
Among the cons are assumptions that the two tunds
are not necessary and that funding is already available
Also, some might argue that the Rainy Day Fund is
not an appropriate source of financing since that coffer
is reserved for emergencies such as natural disasters and
that the legislature should “make separate appropriations
from the general fund.”
A final negative is that “the state should not take on
the financing of water plan projects. Financing should be
provided by those benefiting from the projects. ”
Texans will have the final say at the ballot box in what
is often a low-turnout, off-year election.
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rooms on the ground level, 10 pa-
tient rooms on the second level and
four sleep study rooms within the
facility upon the completion of the
The additions, according to hos-
pital district officials, will not change
the local facility's Medicare designa-
tion of being a "Critical Access Hos-
pital," which limits the facility to just
25 patient beds, according to Medi-
care reimbursement guidelines.
By a 27 vote margin - 419-to-
392 - voters residing within the
Seminole Hospital District bound-
ary approved the medical entity's
request for a $48.5 million general
obligations bond request.
In a breakdown of the May 11
election results, the seven-day early
voting process proved to carry the
hospitals bond quest, as 298 lo-
cal voters voted "for" the measure
- totaling 57.31-percent - while
222 voters (42.69-percent) voted
against the measure.
On election day, 170 SHD vot-
ers cast ballots "against" the hos-
pital bond proposal - totaling
58.42-percent of the election day
turnout - while 121 local residents
(41.58-percent) voted in favor of
Museum Has Web,
By Roy Lynn Barnes
Seminole Div. Director
Gaines Co. Museum
Who says museums are old-fashioned?
The Gaines County Museum, Seminole
Division, lias joined the digital age with a
website and a Facebook page!
Log onto www.gainescountymuseum.
org and save it in your favorites; then
check it out often for the latest news and
updates. Also, "like" the Gaines County
Museum onFacebook andreceive periodic
updates on tilings that are happening at the
Plans are underway for the fifth an-
nual Christmas Open House Tuesday,
December 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. "Art
Through the CameraLens," featuring pho-
tos by Terry Jeffries and Brett Whitfield,
along with latest works by artist Jammey
Huggins, will be displayed. Refreshments
will be served at the come and go event.
Friends of the Gaines County Museum
are wrapping up a record-setting member-
ship year, with more than 100 corporate,
family and individual members. The 2014
membership year will begin in January.
Memorials recognizing the fife of a
loved one are increasing as well. We
welcome tax-deductible donations made
payable to "Friends of the Museum" and
delivered or mailed to 700 Hobbs High-
way, Seminole. The loved one's family will
be notified of this thoughtful gift.
We always welcome donations of his-
torical significance, either as gifts, loans,
or permanent loans. Those with items to
share are asked to stop by the museum and
speak to Roy Lynn Bames, director, during
regular business hours of 8:00 am.-noon
and 1-5 pm. Monday through Friday
Optimist Coat Drive
The Seminole Optimist Club's an-
nual coat drive, in association with the
non-profit organization's "Give a Child
a Smile" Christmas program., continues,
according to dub officials.
Local residents wishing to donate
gently used or new coats, may do so by
taking them to Quality Dry Cleaners,
located at 502 N. Main St., during the
business' nonnal operating hours.
For more infonnation about the coat
drive, the "Give a Child a Smile" Christ-
mas Program, or the Seminole Optimist
Club, contact James Wright at (432)
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