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.
Read the full story in the mid-week News.