My time on the Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital Board is coming up on close to a year. Given the occasion, I thought I would share an update on my opinion of who we are, how far we’ve come, and where we hope to go in the coming months and beyond. I couldn’t be more proud of what we as a community have built here in Nacogdoches. Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital is the fourth largest employer in Nacogdoches with over 700 employees, and is also the largest charitable organization in Nacogdoches County. The taxpayers of Nacogdoches, through NMH, provide millions of dollars to the health care of our community. It has bothered me to hear that NMH is labeled as the hospital for certain groups of people. NMH takes care of ALL Nacogdoches residence, regardless of income, as we were legislatively created to do.

In the last year NMH has made some major improvements in operations. You’ve seen a hospital shrink its deficit by millions, settling trade debts, paying vendors, renegotiating contracts, starting new service lines, with many more on the way, an agreement with Principal Road Investments owned in part by Horace and Adlia Mast, and several potential partnerships in the works through Juniper. This is thanks to the employees, medical staff, and management of NMH.

I expect there to be big changes in the near future for Memorial, and those changes will of course be met with some growing pains. As a community member there is something you can do to help us, and that is to give us a chance.

Use your community hospital. Come to NMH. Ask your Doctor to send you to NMH. Use our state of the art surgery center. Every penny spent at Memorial Hospital stays in Nacogdoches. It is invested in our employees, and our community. We’ve been here for 90 years, and we’re planning on being here another 90.

Sean Hightower

Nacogdoches

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