Lisa Price, Director of Trauma Services and Emergency Preparedness, and CEO Bill Blanchard gave the commissioners an estimated cost of $4 to $5 million for the facility.
“We have a lot of cardiac, trauma and stroke patients coming from here to the ER at DeTar,” Price said. “There is a fairly long run time between here and DeTar.”
The county would have to provide the land and pay for the building’s construction and all equipment. Price said DeTar would partner with the county to provide the personnel and services.
“It would be a 24-hour operation with CAT scans and laboratory services,” Price said. “This would be owned by you, leased by us and operated by us.”
Price said DeTar is not interested in creating competition with local clinics.
“Patients would be discharged right back to the healthcare providers in your community,” Price said. “We have no intention of being competition with existing providers and and we would be able to augment that by having diagnostics available for their use.”
“They approached us with this idea several months ago,” County Judge David Bowman said. “There are certain pluses, but whatever we do, we want to make sure it is in the best interests of Goliad County.”
Bowman said he would approach oil and gas companies for assistance in funding the facility.
“We’re still in the early stages of this,” Bowman said. “We have a lot of discussions to do and a lot of steps to take.”
Goliad County EMS Administrator Peggy Fonseca said Goliad County having its own emergency care facility would greatly improve efficiency of the local EMS. Fonseca said ambulances are often tied up transporting patients to Victoria or Beeville.
“We’re at about a 20 to 30 percent capacity when we don’t have ambulances for anybody,” Fonseca said. “This would help us with time.”
Also Monday, the court unanimously approved a request from the Daughters of the Texas Revolution Presidio La Bahia Chapter to place a DRT medallion near the site of the Angel of Goliad statue.