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For Immediate Release


Contact: Kelsey, 405-779-2193
ksmith@gradymem.org



Grady Memorial Hospital receives unanimous approval from County Commissioners



Chickasha, Okla. (November 23, 2015) - Grady Memorial Hospital CEO, Mr. Warren K. Spellman, presented a Hospital Board Resolution and delivered a ballot issue request to the County Commissioners to ask for a vote on a 1/4 cent sales tax to benefit Grady Memorial Hospital. This sales tax would enable Grady Memorial Hospital to build a new surgery and radiology center. This request was unanimously approved by County Commissioners on November 23. The vote will take place February 9, 2016.

Spellman stated, "Over the last few weeks, a committee of citizens from all areas of the county has been studying ways to improve our health care facilities, as well as to reopen our Operating Rooms in order to be able to perform surgeries and deliver babies. It is their recommendations that will be placed before the voters on February 9th. We have received excellent community support for these improvements to the hospital, and over the next few weeks, we will meet with citizens and organizations throughout the county to explain in detail the plan we are proposing. The issue that Grady County citizens will be voting on will generate revenue that will be used to build a new surgery and radiology center. This means Grady Memorial Hospital will be able to provide full emergency surgical services, deliver babies and ensure we will be able to provide top notch health care services to the people of Grady County. Without voters' approval of this revenue measure, Grady Memorial Hospital will be unable to deliver babies or to perform scheduled or emergency surgeries."

Mr. Spellman continued, "To provide quality health care services, we need our citizens' support on February 9th. Grady Memorial Hospital was built almost 60 years ago and is in need of major repairs and updates. With the community's support, we can return profitability to the hospital and have the kind of quality health care facility our citizens deserve."

Dr. Don Hess, a longtime physician at Grady Memorial Hospital, added, "My patients need modern facilities in which we can perform emergency C-sections; be able to save lives in motor vehicle accidents that need an Emergency Room with the capability of rapid response to surgery; and to care for the elderly that need hospitalization here at home!"

If you are interested in having a GMH representative speak with your group, please email us at ksmith@gradymem.org as we would be happy to accommodate such requests.