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Tuesday, March 16, 1999

Orona named firefighter of the month

Tommy Orona has been named Firefighter of the Month for the
month of December, 1998.

Orona has been a firefighter since Nov. 6, 1997.

"He is a bright and intelligent upcoming fireman," said Fire
Chief Roy Pena.

He has dedicated much of his time to public service and has
made major strides to bring prestige, credibility, and
recognition to the Pecos Valley Fire Department, according
to Pena.

Orona will be attending Firefighting School this coming July
at Texas A&M University.

The board is proud to recognize Orona as Firefighter of the
Month for December 1998.

Pecos members attend forum in San Antonio

Two members of the Reeves County Hospital Board attended
the Texas Healthcare Trustees Spring Forum in the Menger
Hotel in San Antonio.

Greg Luna and Marcella Lovett, of Pecos, attented the forum
whose theme was, "Where the rubber meets the road."

Issues discussed included, the current political and
economic climate challenges hospitals to provide quality
care. During the forum, the group was told that image is
especially crucial in this competitive environment, and
trustees play a vital role in guarding the public image of
the organizations they serve.

One of the big issues discussed was the Medicare winds of
change. The sweeping changes by the Balanced Budget Act of
1997, the great losses rural hospitals will be facing as BBA
is implemented. Generally cut from 1.5 percent to 8.5
percent of gross patient revenue (hospitals at most have a
10 percent bottom line).

Board members learned that new rules for OASIS, will
require 2-3 hours of additional work per admission. Plus new
ambulance limits. Reductions in reiumbursement may force
hospitals with high Medicare to close. Coinsurance increase
will increase bad debts.

Trustees Network of Texas (TNT) provides hospital and
health system governing board members with an avenue to
proactively advocate with a strong unified voice both in
Austin and Washington, participants will provide dramatic
evidence that health care supporters are mobilized,
knowledgeable about health issues.

For more information on the forum contact Mary Walker,
executive director at 512-465-1562.

Sixty members from the state of Texas Hospital Boards, two
members from Reeves County Hospital, Greg Luna and Marcella
Lovett enjoyed the forum.

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