East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System said it has resumed inpatient services in Gilmer, Texas, nearly 10 years after the hospital there was closed by Columbia/HCA Healthcare Corp. Not-for-profit East Texas Medical Center, based in Tyler, bought the facility in rural Upsher County in 1997. The system said it has provided 24-hour emergency care and radiology and laboratory services there but was prevented from providing inpatient services by a deed restriction in place until May 2002. The system said it has spent $6 million since last year to add 34 medical-surgical beds and a three-bed intensive-care unit at the Gilmer facility, as well as respiratory therapy, pharmacy services, materials management, medical records and food service. A physician office building is planned. -- by Mary Chris Jaklevic
Inpatient care returns to Gilmer, Texas
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