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Cozby-Germany Doctors' ake Ownership Of Hospital
By Terry Britt
GRAND SALINE—Cozby-Germany Hospital’s
is now under new ownership pledging to turn things
in the right direction at the facility.
With most of the hospital’s approximate 40 em-
ployees gathered, hospital board president Michael
Swain announced that the two on-site physicians,
Dr. Qasim Nayeem and Dr. Abbas Mian, was to take
ownership of the hospital at the opening of business
Friday (March 1).
The announcement, made at 10 a.m. Thursday
morning, drew a big round of applause from those
“I judge by that reaction that everybody is in ap-
proval about this,” Swain joked.
The change also severs a somewhat-stormy rela-
tionship during the past several years with former
owner Dr. Tariq Mahmood.
On Feb. 12, the Mahmood-owned Renaissance
Hospital Terrell, operating as RH Terrell Manage-
ment LLC, was closed down by federal, state and
local officials for unpaid tax bills and a number of
safety violations, according to published reports.
After the 30-minute meeting with Cozby-Germany
employees, Swain said the forced closing of the
Terrell hospital “played a lot with our decision” to
part ways with Dr. Mahmood.
“There were a lot of things that added up to a deci-
sion that we could not see this hospital going for-
ward in the direction it was going under Dr.
See HOSPITAL, Page 4A
Photo by Terry Britt
Michael Swain, standing, president of the Cozby-Germany Hospital Board of Directors, announces
to hospital employees and volunteers that the two on-site physicians, Dr. Qasim Nayeem and Dr.
Abbas Mian, have formed a limited liability corporation and taken ownership of the hospital. Swain
made the announcement in an employee meeting Thursday morning, and the change in ownership
was to follow the next day.
A number of Van Zandt County residents traveled to Austin last week to be a part of Van Zandt County Days in Austin.
State Senator Bob Deuell and State Representative Dan Flynn (front) are shown with those in attendance.
Van Zandt County Recognized In Austin
By Julie Vaughan
ber of citizens from Van
Zandt County recently
made the trip to Austin
and spent two days as
the Texas House and
Senate recognized the
The bi-annual trip has
been a tradition for many
years, and its purpose is
for citizens to meet with
while in session, to dis-
cuss issues that affect
them and their county.
Council of Van Zandt
County Communities Vi-
sions Chairman C.A.
Cockrell said he was very
pleased with the event
and “thought it went re-
ally, really well.”
Although the Visions
group has not met yet to
review the trip as a
whole, he is hopeful that
the comments will be
positive and they can
work on any negatives to
make the 2015 trip even
Cockrell said during
the trip, citizens met with
Jeremy Mazur, director
of the Texas Water De-
velopment Board, who
briefed them on
drought and other wa-
Also, Ben Taylor,
with the office of the
See AUSTIN, Page 4A
fied Van ISD employee
was injured after a con-
cealed handgun license
(CHL) course Wednes-
day when a gun misfired
and the bullet ricocheted,
striking the employee in
the left leg.
Van ISD released a
statement on the incident
“At the conclusion of
the CHL training on Feb-
ruary 27, 2013, one cer-
tified person stayed for
private instruction with
the instructor and had a
with his weapon.
“With the assistance of
the instructor, the mal-
function was addressed,
but the gun misfired and
the bullet ricocheted
coming back to strike the
VISD employee in the
left leg,” the statement
The school employee
was attended to at the
scene and transferred to
See GUN, Page 4A
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