Andrews Taxpayers to Vote on Hospital Bond in May

By Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9
ANDREWS - It's another step in the process to build a new hospital in Andrews. The Permian Regional Medical Board approved plans for the new facility last week. In May, voters will have the final say when they decide on a $59 million bond to construct a new facility.

"We have been working with a group out of Wichita Falls to come up with a pre-limb design in budget to replace this building we are in right now," Russell Tippin, CEO of the Permian Regional Medical Center, said.

For six months, the hospital has been working up a plan to build a new hospital and last week the hospital board approved the project. The new hospital will cost approximately $59 million. It will include a state of the art hospital and a wellness center.

"We want to make sure we are not building a great big giant place but we are not building a small place. Something that Andrews can be proud of for years," Tippin said.

The current hospital was built back in the 60's and lately they have been dealing with more and more problems with the old building.

"It's inefficient. We have constant problems with plumbing, heating, cooling and hot water," Tippin said.

The sewer is a constant problem for officials. On Wednesday, some toilets overflowed and they had to rip out all the carpet to clean the mess up,

"After a while you have to say do we continue to put our money towards patching this building together and keeping it together or do we go out and build us a new facility that will be good for another 50 or 60 years," Tippin said.

What does this mean for taxpayers?

"On an average home, your probably talking $100 a year for a $100,000 home. That is less than $10 a month," Tippin said.

Most employees are excited at the possibility of getting a new facility.

"I think it's a great idea. We are really in need of a new facility with this one being as old as it is. We are excited, we are ready for a new facility for Andrews County," Employee, Sandie Wilson, said.

It will be up to the voters in May to decide whether or not to fund the new facility.