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In this file photo, Campbellton ...
In this file photo, Campbellton Graceville Hospital Administrator Jimmy Rigsby is seen coming before the Jackson County Commissioners to request assistance in furnishing the...
In this file photo, Campbellton ...
In this file photo, Campbellton Graceville Hospital Administrator Jimmy Rigsby is seen coming before the Jackson County Commissioners to request assistance in furnishing the new doctors building that will be built adjacent to the hospital.
That is far below the amount requested by Campbellton-Graceville Hospital administrator Jimmy Rigsby.
wrote a letter to the commission in June, asking for $150,000, and he
appeared in person to make his
request at one of the commission's recent regular meeting.
Although it is considerably less than he
said on learning of the commission's decision that he
was grateful and has some tentative, specific plans for the money.
"I'm just proud to get anything I can get," Rigsby
said that, if he
could get the USDA loan he
can pay it off in 30 years with markedly lower annual payments than he
could with the loan his
builder is offering.
appreciates the builder's offer, but hopes USDA will come through.
The builder wants 6 percent interest over a 10-year payout, while the USDA loan would stretch over 30 years at 4 percent.
estimated the annual payment to USDA would be approximately $60,000, compared to the private loan annual payment of $132,000.
said the hospital would wind up paying about $200,000 more for the USDA loan because of the term length.
said, the annual payment would be much smaller and would be worth that extra amount, in order to take the pressure off as the hospital tries to stay financially healthy from year to year.
built money into the USDA request for some of the same equipment he'd hoped the county would help him with - things like chairs, desks, exam tables, surgery and exam lights, an EKG machine and a wheelchair.
The commission took three votes on his
request Monday, with the first two going down on split votes.
Campbellton-Graceville Hospital Administrator Jimmy Rigsby talks about the new doctor's center that will be built in front of the hospital.
Watson, the owner of Smith Inc., will build the 6,000 square foot structure for $971,531, and will finance it over 10 years at 6 percent interest, according to hospital administrator Jimmy Rigsby.
If it wishes, the hospital can also pay the loan off early to save costs on interest, Rigsby
Dr. Steve Davis, who already occupies a clinic the hospital owns down the street, will move into the new building, and Rigsby
is trying to recruit at least one more full-time physician to set up practice in the new structure.
Having those two, along with another doctor who already works part-time with the hospital, should round out the health care picture nicely in the Graceville area and help the hospital, Rigsby
"If we could get another full-time doctor in here and he
did as well as those two are doing, we could keep our hospital occupancy up to where we'd like to be," Rigsby
"It's been improving over the last month or two.
We have 25 beds, and we're running better than 10 occupied per day right now.
Having the doctors building I think will improve things even more, because we're going to have a very nice facility that people are going to feel good about coming to when they need to see a doctor."
The physicians already in Graceville plan to stay, which will also help the hospital.
"Dr. Davis has indicated he wants to keep his practice here long-term, build and base his career here, so I think consumer confidence that we've got a good health care program going is just going to continue getting stronger," Rigsby
will also move two in-hospital nurse practitioners into the new building.
At that point, a county staffer ...
At that point, a county staffer was sent to call Campbellton-Graceville Administrator Jimmy Rigsby to see if he needed anything.
He wants $500,000 to renovate the heating and air conditioning system at the hospital in Graceville.
Campbellton Graceville ...
Campbellton Graceville Hospital Administrator Jimmy Rigsby and Jackson Hospital CEO David Hample addressed the Jackson County Commission Tuesday.
...Campbellton Graceville Hospital Administrator Jimmy Rigsby and Jackson Hospital CEO David Hample addressed the Jackson County Commission Tuesday.
...The Graceville hospital administrator, Jimmy Rigsby, said he would be out speaking as well.He
board of trustees wants the tax passed so it can make a major addition.
It hopes to put a new building in front of what it has now, with the nurses' station centered to serve patient rooms, the emergency room and the clinic.
"I intend to speak to everybody I can, and the board has said the same thing," Rigsby