Olney Hospital Hoping For Archer Funding

It's been a year of expansion for the Olney Hamilton Hospital District, opening a new family clinic across from the hospital, and a family clinic in Archer City.

District CEO Michael Huff said the Archer City clinic has been well received by those in the community, especially the elderly. He said, "Archer County is clearly a part of our market and we feel like they're a good partner with us."

Huff said there are also plans to build a new hospital in Olney in the next 3-5 years. All these expansions come at a cost. Unfortunately, Huff says the Archer City Clinic isn't generating the revenue it needs.

In order to fund the new hospital and make up for the increased care in Archer City, hospital administrators are looking to expand the district further North into Archer County. The expansion would mean all those added to the district would pay an additional 25 cents per $100 of assessed property value, $250 a year on a $100,000 property.

Huff said, "They would be paying to keep the healthcare local and they would be paying some for the pharmaceutical services." Inclusion in the district would also mean $50,000 annually for the Archer City EMS and pharmacy facilities at the clinic.

The deal would have to go to a vote for all those who would be affected. Huff said if all goes according to plan the resolution could be on the November ballot.

Jack Lamson, Newschannel 6