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Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019 6:24 am

Aransas County commissioners approved two items at their regular meeting Monday, June 10 that could pave the way for a micro-hospital facility in Aransas County.

A micro-hospital is defined as a small-scale, inpatient facility with between eight to 15 short-stay beds. Such facilities reportedly provide many of the same acute-care and emergency services done at larger hospitals, and they are cheaper to operate.

“We’ve been working on this for months and have hit a brick wall,” said Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills. “We’re going public and asking anyone who has any strings they can pull to come forward.”

Commissioners authorized Mills to sign intergovernmental or contract agreement(s) between the county and Texas A&M College of Medicine, Texas Department of Emergency Management, and/or the General Land Office, and pay an initial fee of $45,000, and up to $150,000 if necessary, to initiate a study to support the establishment of a micro-hospital facility in Aransas County as soon as possible through the use of Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding.

The court also approved a resolution showing its intent to pursue a grant application process for creation of a micro-hospital to serve the medical needs of Aransas County.

Prior to Hurricane Harvey, Allegiance Ambulance, Code3ER, Rockport Urgent Care Center, and Care Regional Medical Center in Aransas Pass serviced Aransas County residents’ emergency needs.

Care Regional Medical Center never reopened after the storm, and it was recently announced it will not reopen. Rockport Urgent Care Center closed indefinitely effective May 29.

There are no hospitals between Aransas County and Corpus Christi.

Commissioner Charles Smith said a micro-hospital is the long-term solution for the county’s emergency medical needs.

“One day we may find (we don’t have any emergency care in the county),” he said.

“The judge has worked really hard on this. This is something we need really bad,” said Commissioner Jack Chaney.

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