Dawson County celebrates hospital's grand opening - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/16/09

Dawson County celebrates hospital's grand opening

LAMESA, TX (KCBD) - In these hard economic times when so many rural hospitals are closing, Lamesa celebrated a grand opening Saturday.  Thanks to a $14-million bond passed by Dawson County taxpayers, Medical Arts Hospital is breathing new life into rural health care. 

The facility will serve more than 83,000 residents in the area.  "It's nearly twice the size of the old one.  We're able to offer expanded care for radiology. We have a 16 slice CT that's brand new. We'll be bringing MRI, nuclear medicine, things we've never done before," says Melissa Matlock Public Relations Coordinator for Medical Arts Hospital.

Saturday, crews moved everything, including patients from the old hospital to the new facility. The old hospital was built in 1958, under the Hill-Burton Act.

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