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Friday, September 10, 1999

Hospital trustees attend forum

Reeves County Hospital Trustees  Holley Key, Marcella Lovett, Hiram Greg Luna and Jesse Prieto attended the Texas Hospital Association Trustees Summer Forum, "Governance: Reaching into the Future," to learn about the issues and responsibilities facing today's public hospital trustees.

One of the challenges facing Reeves County Hospital Board is adapting to the new market realities. Reiumbursment levels for Medicaid, Medicare, and Insurance's are being cut drastically. With the sad news on the lower level of reimbursement would be increasing.

Due to the Balanced Budget Act on 1997, the William M. Parrish, CPA firm, is predicting 2/3 of Texas' rural hospitals may have to close due to the loss of net income and reimbursement. Parrish goes on to say the cost of closing rural hospitals are as follows: Each health dollar "rolls over" about 1.5 times in a rural community; every five jobs in health generates four jobs in the local economy; in general, rural health care is provided at lower cost. Wage index in Texas is 26 percent lower; Rural Economic Development is impeded without a rural hospital and in 1998 there were 66 counties in Texas that did not have a hospital.

With the information the trustees received at this meeting, and the weekly information the Texas Hosp[ital Association sends to the trustees, along with the guidance of the Administrator, Charles Butts, the Reeves County Hospital Board of Directors feel they are on track with the decisions they are making.

The future of Reeves County Hospital for the new millennium is challenging and looks very bright, but demands certain changes to meet the needs of the people in Reeves County and the cheerful news to the taxpayers is a continued level of excellent services and a tax cut this coming year.

Matta named firefighter of the month

Ernest Matta has been named Firefighter of the Month for the month of May.

Matta is a captain on truck #304 and has been with the Pecos Volunteer Fire Department since April 4, 1996.

"Mr. Matta is very dedicated and punctual," said Pecos Volunteer Fire Department Chief Roy Pena.

"He has always kept safety first on the job and is always willing to help on all functions," said Pena.

Matta is married to Alice Matta and is employed at Texas-New Mexico Power Company.

"We're glad to have Ernest on board, he is great back up and is always helpful," said Pena.

4-Her's elect officers for the new year

The Reeves/Loving County 4-H met recently at the Reeves County Extension Office.

Members of the club elected officers for the coming year. President of the organization will be Chance Holder; vice-president, Brandi Harrison; secretary, Amanda Armstrong; treasurer, Brandi Bradley; parlimentarian, Barbara Cardenas; historian, Kaci Harrison; reporter, Gito Crawford IV; delegates, Jennifer Ward and Luis Cardenas.

In charge of refreshments was Candace Roach.

Other business discussed during the meeting, included planned a barbecue for Oct. 9, to be held at the Reeves County Civic Center for 4-H members, their families and honored guests who have supported the 4-H program.

The plan is admission will be to bring a stuffed animal or a book that will be donated to the women and children's shelters.

A food drive for the holidays was discussed. This will be coordinated with the Santa Rosa Food Bank and all donations will be given to the food bank.

On Sept. 21, the 4-H achievement banquet for 4-Her's and their families will be held at the Pecos Valley Country Club. This is for the 4-H members who participated in last year in 4-H projects.

Medals for participation will be awarded and those who won first or second place in District 6 competition will receive a 4-H jacket or patches for their jackets.

Plans were made for an information booth at the Reeves County Fall Fair. This will include information about the 4-H and the fun projects 4-H offers like leadership camps, food and nutrition, horse judging, animal projects, and the many other activities that children 8-18 yers of age (or eight years old and in the third grade) can enjoy.

Girl Scouts registering new members

It's not to late to register your daughter for Girl Scouts. If you are interested in signing up your daugher for Girl Scouts contacte one of the leaders.

Seniors, girls in grades 9-12, contact Frances Varela at 445-3419 or Connie Levario at 447-6465.

Cadettes, grades 6-8, Sylvia Lujan at 445-4975; Juniors for grades 3-5, contact Tina Trujillo; Asst. Brownie and Juniors, for grades 1-5 call Kathy Lujan at 447-7332 or 448-7081.

For Brownies, girls in grades 1-3, contact Rosemary Varela at 445-3419 or 445-2449; Brownies and Asst. Junior, grades 1-5, call Linda Morgan at 447-4526; Brownies, grades 1-3, Mary Tarango, 447-4695 and Daisy's, grade kindergarten through five years old, call Romelia Alonso at 447-6788 after 3 p.m.

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