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lot of senior citizens are wondering what the status is regarding
the building of the Baylor Hospital on I-20 and also the latest on
our own local hospital. . . if and when it is going to re-open. Thanks.
Answer - Thank you for your question. We get a
lot of questions about Baylor’s plans and about the possible
opening of the hospital.
Baylor Healthcare System and Scott and White are involved in a
merger of their two organizations. The joining of these two organizations
is a huge project and the leaders of these organizations are very
focused on that work now.
What we do know is that Baylor is committed to building a facility
on the site they own in Terrell. Baylor Healthcare System is the
owner of a 50 acre tract of land at the corner of Spur 557 and
IH 20. In cooperation with an adjacent land owner, Baylor Healthcare
is participating in a total of $9.6 million in improvements. Some
of these expenditures have already occurred.
The widening of FM148 to 4 lanes and construction of an exit ramp
on IH 20 are two key projects. Both of these roadway projects are
scheduled for completion by the end of 2014. All of these projects
must be done to allow Baylor’s project and other development
to go to construction.
As far as the reopening of the hospital goes, the Terrell Hospital
Advisory Board is intensely screening a number of applicants. Applicants
to operate the hospital continue to come forward with new plans
and proposals to re-open the hospital. Everyone involved in this
process is determined that a new operator will be able to provide
high quality care to our citizens for years to come.
Hal Richards, Mayor