As we have repeatedly said, Pecan Family Medical Center is located inside private gated golf course community Pecan Plantation in Granbury, Hood County, TX. Although Hood County has its own hospital district for which residents pay ZERO taxes, Somervell County residents pay our taxes to support the clinic. We heard another story about someone turned away from Pecan Family Medical Center
I just learned the bitter truth that Somervell tax money is good enough for Pecan Plantation, but Somervell citizens aren’t good enough for Pecan Medical Clinic.
Recently, a friend called one night, riddle with arthritis pain and asked if I could take her the next day to Dr. Carpenter’s office in Pecan for a morning appointment. All we had to say to the gatekeeper was we had an appointment with Dr. Carpenter and we were on our way. I thought to myself that it must be true that anyone can go to our clinic in Pecan.
While the outside sign names the facility Pecan Medical Clinic, the receptionist confirmed it was Dr. Carpenter’s office. My friend checked in and we sat to wait. In a few minutes, she was called back to the receptionist and told that Dr. Carpenter only sees residents of Pecan. With this my friend pointed to the large sign by the window and she replied, “but this sign says Glen Rose Medical”. The receptionist confirmed we were at Glen Rose Medical Clinic, but this facility was just for residents of Pecan.
I went to window to back up my friend and I asked why would they have scheduled an appointment if one cannot see a doctor. My friend had even told them she lived in Glen Rose when she scheduled the appointment. It was an error we were told and that we would have to go back to Glen Rose. The receptionist was helpful and did call Glen Rose and scheduled a later appointment for my friend, who was in pain.
Leaving, my friend commented that she thought doctors were supposed to treat all people who came to them. Yes, those were the days…….
Update: 9/25/2014. I feel just the same way as I did when I wrote this last year. A couple of months ago I went over to Pecan Plantation, which I'd never been to before, on the spur of the moment on a Saturday, just to see if I could get in. I couldn't.
I do not have the audio yet, waiting for it to be posted on the Somervell County hospital district website but heard second hand that Patrick Locke made a comment that the information posted here regarding use of Pecan Plantation is not true. That obviously contradicts the experience of the person who posted above AND contradicts two separate phone calls last year, one made by me directly to the clinic, where I was told that the clinic was only for Pecan Plantation residents. Will call later on today and add to this to see if the clinic and Dr Bruce Carpenter now see Glen Rose residents. Even if that has changed, that still has nothing to do with whether it is appropriate or legal to have tax money going into another hospital district, which hospital district pays NO taxes. If people want a private hospital so badly, then tell your board members to cough up an RFP.
@pecan. The issue really has nothing to do with how good a doctor is or is not. Curious since you appear to be someone that lives in Pecan Plantation in Hood County. You are in Hood County's hospital district for which you pay NO taxes. Somervell County has its own hospital district and people in Somervell County DO pay hospital district taxes. Do you believe it is fair for Somervell County residents to be paying taxes for your clinic in your private gated community?
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