We appreciate this effort of Chet Edwards and look forward to more of our tax dollars being directed towards projects like this one that demonstrate our "Democratic Values" that help people, opposed to the military contracts that promote murder and war.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
(WASHINGTON) – U.S. Representative Chet Edwards has secured $700,000 to help renovate the Glen Rose Medical Center under the 2007 Labor, Education, Health and Human Services Appropriations bill, which passed the House Appropriations Committee Tuesday.
“I am pleased that the House Appropriations Committee approved my request for the Glen Rose Medical Center, and I especially want to commend local leaders for stressing the importance of this project to me,” said Edwards, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee. “Investing in our rural hospitals is vitally important to ensuring better access to quality health care for our rural communities.”
Specifically, the $700,000 secured by Edwards will renovate and update furnishings in the Emergency Room of the hospital. The ER facility has seen an increase from 2,500 to almost 7, 000 patient visits since the last renovation, which took place 12 years ago. This project will add floor space to the x-ray laboratory and to the emergency area to accommodate the growth in outpatient services.
“I am extremely pleased to hear that this funding was approved to assist in the expansion of our Emergency Room. The Foundation Board has been concerned for several years about the need to expand the Emergency Room in support of the physicians and nurses that provide quality care for the patients in our community,” said Gary Marks, CEO and President of the Glen Rose Medical Foundation. “When I brought this issue before Congressman Edwards, he showed an immediate and sincere interest in seeking funding support for this important community need. Each time he visited our community he would always want to hear about the Glen Rose Medical Center. This is very exciting news as we can now move forward with this expansion as the $700,000 is a major contribution in bringing this to completion.”
Edwards concluded, “Rural hospitals like the Glen Rose Medical Center are often the first line of defense against illness or injury for many people, and the federal government has a responsibility to help them serve the growing health care needs of their community. I will continue working with local leaders to support projects that make a positive difference in the lives of Somervell County families.”
The bill is expected to pass the House next week before moving to the Senate. Edwards is optimistic the funding will remain in the bill and will work to shepherd through the legislative process.