County, DeTar discuss possible ER in Goliad
by Coy Slavik, Advance-Guard Editor
Feb 20, 2014 | 653 views | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GOLIAD – DeTar Healthcare System and Goliad County have begun discussions to construct a clinic and 24-hour emergency room in Goliad.

Goliad County Judge David Bowman said DeTar officials contacted the county approximately six months ago.

“We’ve been going back and forth having discussions with them to get an idea of what we’re going to need as far as size and what services we can offer,” Bowman said. “If we came into an agreement, Goliad County would have to furnish a building and equipment and DeTar would furnish all the personnel – ER doctors, ER nurses, lab technicians and clerical people.”

Bowman said DeTar would pay rent on the building and the county would not incur any costs after purchasing the building and equipment.

The county last had a facility to provide emergency medical services in August 1995 when Goliad Community Hospital stopped taking patients for admission.

“One of the advantages of having an ER here would be reducing the down time and travel time of our EMS units, which have to go to Victoria, Beeville or Cuero,” Bowman said. “The return trip is time that unit is not available for service.

“Also, when we have workman’s compensation issues, our employees have to go to Victoria to be treated.”

Bowman said DeTar officials will be present at the Feb. 24 commissioners court meeting to discuss the topic during public session.
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