By BARBARA GREEN
Central Hospital of Bowie is still looking at a possible September or early fall opening as the new owners have received the state hospital license and they are pursuing other licenses and certifications including Medicare and Medicaid.
The sale of the former Bowie Memorial Hospital property was finalized in mid-May for $1.5 million. The hospital authority board closed the deal with Bowie Real Estate Holdings, L.P., represented by Dr. Hasan F. Hashmi and his two sons, Faraz Hashmi and Suleman Hashmi.
The Hashmi family operates Texas General Hospital in Grand Prairie, and TGH-Van Zandt Regional Medical Center in Grand Saline.
Dr. Hashmi said at the closing they anticipate starting with basic core services such as an emergency room, x-ray and lab to start with.
Faraz Hashmi, president and chief executive officer of Central Hospital of Bowie, said Monday they were surprised at how quickly the license arrived.
“Quite frankly, I was a little shocked it happened so quick. It is a huge deal to get the license and it usually takes longer. It is a risk to start getting things ready without the license, but it paid off,” said Hashmi.
Having the license in place “gets the ball rolling” in rebuilding the infrastructure of the hospital.
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Closed session set for jail administrator’s job
Members of the Montague County Commissioner’s Court will meet for a public hearing on a road issue at 8:45 a.m. and then for its regular session at 9 a.m. both on Nov. 28.
The hearing is for precinct four to consider vacating a 45-foot X 230-foot alley in the Clay Street area in Spanish Fort. Commissioner Bob Langford previously stated he was petitioned for the change on a section of county road that has not been used to his knowledge and in the past has been fenced. This action will clarify the property lines for the owner. Any action would be taken in the regular meeting.
An executive session is scheduled for the 9 a.m. agenda. It relates to personnel regarding the jail administrator’s pay, job description and duties. Any action will be taken back in open session.
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DEA issues new alert about fentanyl/laced fake prescription pills
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is alerting the public of a sharp nationwide increase in the lethality of fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills.
The DEA Laboratory has found that, of the fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills analyzed in 2022, six out of 10 now contain a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. This is an increase from DEA’s previous announcement in 2021 that four out of 10 fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills were found to contain a potentially lethal dose.
Read the full story on this warning in your weekend Bowie News.
Bowie Chamber director ballots due Monday
Members of the Bowie Chamber of Commerce are reminded to turn in their ballot for the director’s election by Nov. 21.
Last week, ballots went out to members to elect five members to the 15-member board. Directors serve a three-year term on the board.
The five candidates with the largest number of votes will begin their term on Feb. 1, 2023 and be introduced at the Jan. 23, 2023 chamber banquet.
There are five names on the ballot, plus a space for a write- in: Chris Anderson, WL Plastics; Gaylynn Burris, mayor; Carol Head, The Shopper; Julie Hopkins, executive director Clear Choice Pregnancy Resource Center and Brad Sherman, Chapman Building.
Membership Director Debbie Herriage said those with questions may call the office at 872-1173 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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