DUMAS -- After more than 60 years, a new hospital could be opening in Moore County. It all depends on a $49 million bond election on the ballot next May.
"We would like to give our community the opportunity to consider building new," said hospital CEO Jeff Turner.
Moore County Hospital's District Board of Directors approved a bond election this week. The bond would be used to build a new hospital, and an assisted living facility.One of the reasons behind the bond, officials say fixing the old hospital would cost almost as much as building a new one.
"It would cost approximately 80% of the cost of a new hospital," said Turner. "That's only to fix the infrastructure issues that exist inside of the building."
Though there are two nursing homes in Dumas, the assisted living center would be the first in the area. Board members say the center would keep loved ones closer to home.
"All of us know people who have had to leave the community for assisted living," said Board Chairman Tom Ferguson. "We have a real need for the assisted living, it will help a lot of people."'
"It becomes a bridge between typically elderly citizens who can live independently, and those who have progressed," said Turner.
The bond would be financed over 30 years, lessening the blow for Moore County residents.
"That would equate to a monthly expense of about $11.50 for an average home in Moore county," said Turner. "It seems like a very reasonable place to start.
The board took the issue to the community through forums, and early reports show the county's on board.
"So far we've got about 80% positive feedback from our forums," said Ferguson. "It'll be a better service to the community and we'd have something that would last them for a long time."