Parker County, Texas, voters defeated a proposal for a $53.4 million hospital bond to expand and remodel 78-bed Campbell Health System. The vote was 80% against. The Parker County Hospital District board may try to get the initiative on a November ballot for a second vote, said Nancy Cooke, chief financial officer of the public hospital. It is operated by QHR, a Triad subsidiary. The bond would have been used to build a new patient tower, convert semi-private rooms to private rooms and triple the size of the emergency room, among other capital projects. The hospital district board studied the expansion for two years before voting to put the bond proposal on a ballot. "We just need to be more diligent in getting out our message," Cooke said. The hospital earned net income of $385,000 on revenue of $90 million in 2004. -- by Mark Taylor
Texas county voters nix bond issue to expand hospital
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