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Community Caravan rolls through Center, Texas

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The KTBS 3 Community Caravan rolled through Center, Texas Thursday.
Jan Elkins, Rick Rowe, Keristen Holmes and TW Starr had lunch with the good folks at the Kountry Cafe in Center.

You may remember last year when Shelby County Regional Hospital closed leaving Center and all of Shelby County driving miles away for medical treatment.

City officials say, things are looking up as a new hospital is coming to town.

The KTBS 3 Community Caravan gives us an opportunity to sit down with you, our viewer and get an idea of the stories you want to see covered in your community. An example of that is not too long ago this community lost it's hospital, but the good news is that another one is being rebuilt.

Chad Nehring is the City Manager for Center, Texas. Nehring said, "The Center Emergency Department of Nacogdoches Medical Center is under construction right now to fill that 24 hour emergency room need, as well as diagnostic lab services."

Last July, Center and surrounding areas lost the Shelby County Regional Hospital forcing patients to drive as much as 30 to 45 minutes to the nearest hospital. Nehring said, "We did have doctors step up and expanded their office hours into the evenings and on weekends to provide additional health care services. But losing the hospital is not only a segment of the economy but it also leaves a void in the feeling of comfort and safety in the community."

Now as the new facility rebuilds-Center, Texas-and all of Shelby County can have a sense of relief and continue to make this town great. "Having 24 hour emergency services for industrial and residential is critical to the continued growth of our community," Nehring concluded.

Officials say the new hospital should be complete late 2014 early 2015.


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