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Changes Might Be Coming To Pecos County Memorial Hospital

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

FORT STOCKTON - Pecos County Memorial Hospital in Fort Stockton is seeing more patients, especially from surrounding areas. 

The hospital was built 12 years ago. Now hospital officials are saying they are outgrowing the building and that's why they are wanting to expand the current building. 
       
According to Chief Executive Officer, Jim Horton, they are seeing 25 percent more patients than they were a year ago, he says the time to expand is now. 
    
"Over 4,000 visits per month in our wellness center, the parking lot is always full, which is a good problem to have. We have come to this point where we are literally busting at the seams and we are going to have to do something," Horton said. 
       
Although everything is still in the preliminary stages, if an expansion is approved it would happen at the current campus but he says they need more than just patient rooms.

"Renovating our clinic space because we are seeing 4,000 clinic visits a month in our clinic system, which is amazing volume for a community that has 8,000 to 10,000 people but we are going to find a way to be more efficient in our space," Horton said.   

Horton says the most important thing is to expand the facility, everything else will come in due time.

"As of right now with our expansion, I think what we need more than more personnel. We need more space because we got employees crammed into little tiny spaces. I think we can expand the hospital without having to hire a bunch of new employees right now that may be necessary in the future. Right now, we are desperate for space," Horton said. 
     
On June 12, hospital officials will present county commissioners various options for a possible expansion to the hospital.
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