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SONORA, TX (PRWEB) May 24, 2014

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) has recognized Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital as one of the nations Top Critical Access Hospitals for Financial Stability. Lillian M. Hudsepth Memorial Hospital received the Financial Stability recognition based on data from iVantage Health Analytics.

The Financial Stability Index is based on the rating of a hospitals performance from a set of balance sheet and income statement financial ratios. Lillian M. Hudspeth have been able to renovate the hospital as well as add new equipment and wings without any assistance from the Government or having to raise local taxes.

Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital will receive their award during NRHAs Critical Access Hospital Conference in Austin, TX on October 1-4, 2014.

About the National Rural Health Association

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit RuralHealthWeb.org.

About iVantage Health Analytics

iVantage Health Analytics, Inc. is a privately held health care business intelligence and technology company. The company is a leading provider of information products serving an expansive health care industry. iVantage integrates diverse information with innovative delivery platforms to ensure customers timely, concise and relevant strategic action. For more information, visit iVantageHealth.com.

For more information about Hudspeth Memorial Hospital, please visit:

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Twitter: @SonoraTexasHosp


Online: http://www.sonora-hospital.org

Release Issued by Hudspeth Memorial

Lillian M. Hudspeth Memorial Hospital opened its doors on July 1, 1951. Over the years, the hospital served the community well. In September of 1970, a one story 39 bed Nursing Home was added to the original building. An active Womens Auxiliary furnished many amenities for hospital patients and nursing home residents.

In 2001, faced with an aging physical plant, the Board of Directors began to develop the plans to replace the hospital with a new state-of-the-art hospital. Construction was complete in summer of 2005 and patients and staff moved into the new facility with amenities and technology never before available in Sonora. The new facility included complete digital imaging, multi-slice helical scanner, ultrasound and PACS. The laboratory was tripled in size and included state-of-the-science analyzers. The emergency department has five beds with bedside monitoring connected through a wireless telemetry system that also monitors the twelve private acute-care beds. In addition to the acute hospital, The Health and Wellness Center opened. The Health and Wellness Center includes fitness facilities, in-door swimming pool, aerobic facilities and member showers and locker facilities. In addition to the fitness areas, the Center includes a physical therapy department with dedicated wound care and a cardiac and pulmonary rehab department. Construction of a 6.2 million dollar 8200 sq/ft facility to house MRI, GI lab/procedure space and mammogram was completed in October 2014. The Diagnostic Center provides for specialty clinics including cardiology, neurosurgical, nephrology and orthopedics. The facility includes womens imaging and a GI suite. Womens imaging suites includes digital mammography, ultrasound and breast capable MRI.

In August 2014 the Sutton County EMS transitioned from a mostly volunteer service to a full time advanced life support service. The partnership between Sutton County and The Hospital District allows for this leap in EMS service. The operations will be managed by the Hospital District and both 911 and non-emergency transportation is available.

In 2014 two new programs were added to our every growing service line. In April Sports Medicine was added to our rehabilitation services. Two athletic trainers provide care and prevention to the Sonora ISD and surrounding county schools. This program integrates the local medical staff, visiting orthopedic surgeons, Wellness Center and the physical therapy staff to reduce and minimize athletic injuries. In addition to school activities the staff are available for consultation to weekend warriors as well.

On August 1, 2014, the Sutton County EMS, Hospital and Sonora Medical Clinic began offering services through the Community Paramedic Program. The Community Paramedic Programs offers services to our patients in their home that range from safety and preventive services to health monitoring and medication reconciliation. These services are provided free to the community and utilize the EMS personnel through a multidisciplinary quality program. The goal of the program is to improve compliance with health issues like diabetes and heart disease and to prevent falls, unnecessary emergency visits and readmissions.

Administration and staff continue to plan the future by providing the latest medical technology to the citizens and travelers in this region of Texas.

Tax Revenue for Texas?
In the search for increased tax revenue for Texas the elimination of the tax free weekend has been proposed. The argument against this proposal is its regressive burden on lower income workers. An additional proposal would have the property tax abatement for green zones on golf courses also eliminated in order to share the increased tax burden. Discuss your position on these proposals and their likely success and efficiency in solving Texas’s tax revenue problems.

Answer by simplicitus
1. The main problem Texas has is that it is not interested in its future and its Republican politicians are not interested in addressing reality.

The Republicans have cut back heavily on education spending, yet, because they wanted to give their voters a tax cut and cut school district property taxes, the state still faces a budget deficit of over $ 25 billion





Is it any surprise that on a median income basis, Texas is below the national average in spite of all its advantages (high oil prices, government installations and contracts, etc.)


2. Neither of the two proposals you mentioned would have a significant impact on the budget, and both have the strong stink of ad hoc, emergency measures with no thought or long term plan behind them.

3. If by “success” you mean a tax plan that will do what the state of Texas and its people need while still being passed by the legislature, there is nothing that qualifies. Texas politicians have a long history of lying to themselves, to their voters, and to the rest of the world and there is no expectation of that changing, especially as they are telling the Texas voters what they want to hear:




It isn’t the only state having these problems, but they are in worse shape than most because they’ve been doing it longer and are taking a more extreme position.

For example, in 2008, the government of Texas claimed all was well


Now that same comptroller’s office is boasting about the recovery:


Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) November 02, 2014

Joan Mahoney didnt think twice. When she saw an innovative product that gave her control over her energy bill, she called and became the first customer to take advantage of Free Power Saturday, the first offering of its kind from an energy marketer in Pennsylvania.

Direct Energys newest product, Free Power Saturday, is a no frills product that does exactly what it says customers arent charged for the power they use on Saturdays.

I see real value here, says Mahoney. And I love the idea that savings are up to me. I used to do all of my laundry on Sundays, but that is about to change.

Direct Energy has taken their experience helping customers lower their electricity rates in Texas, and begun using their knowledge to benefit the citizens of the Keystone state. Free Power Saturday is just one way Direct Energy continues to help their customers.

This is the real benefit to energy deregulation and competition in Pennsylvania innovative products that benefit consumers, said Cory Byzewski, Vice President and General Manager for Direct Energy. We feel that we have developed a very consumer friendly, easy to use product that brings value to our customers lives. Free Power Saturday puts the control to save where it belongs -in the customers hands.

Byzewski went on to say that Direct Energys Free Power Saturday Plan is designed to encourage consumers to reduce electricity consumption during higher-priced weekly peak hours. Traditionally, weekends are considered part of off-peak periods, when electricity rates, consumption and demand are low. This concept is not unlike those that are prevalent in the telecommunications and airline industry when prices are lowest during low-demand, off-peak periods of time.

Customers who are willing and able to move some of their high electricity consumption activities to Saturday could see real savings. For instance, if each week you dry two loads of clothes using your electric dryer on Saturday instead of another day during the week, you can save approximately $ 50 a year, compared to what it would otherwise cost you to dry those two loads during the rest of the week, on this product.

You can be creative as possible when it comes to shifting electricity consumption to Saturday, said Byzewski, over the course of a year, it all adds up.

Byzewski noted that this is just the beginning. While we are very excited about Free Power Saturday, we arent stopping there. We are hoping to have similar, new innovative product offerings in market before the end of the year.

He added, Research tells us that only a 10% shift from on-peak to off-peak electricity consumption by our projected consumers will reduce market costs by 1%. Last year, PPL customers paid $ 3.2 billion for electricity and the 1% reduction translates into savings of more than $ 30 million dollars. Thats $ 10 for every residence, whether they participated in our product or not.

Free Power Saturday is a 12 month product with no cancellation fee. Customers who enroll to use this product with Direct Energy will continue to be responsible for utility charges and applicable taxes on the power used on their free Saturdays. To find out more, consumers can visit http://bit.ly/FreePowerSaturday71

About Direct Energy:

Direct Energy is one of North America’s largest energy and energy-related services providers with more than 6 million residential and commercial customer relationships. Direct Energy provides customers with choice and support in managing their energy costs through a portfolio of innovative products and services. A subsidiary of Centrica plc, one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, Direct Energy operates in 46 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia and 10 provinces in Canada.

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