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New Parmer County Medical Center

Elise Preston
NewsChannel 10

Friona, TX - Friona welcomes a new hospital.

Dozens of residents, former employees, and community leaders gathered to see the ribbon-cutting of Parmer Medical Center Friday afternoon.

Parmer Medical Center is a 25 bed hospital now serving the area.It's the only hospital located in Parmer County. The medical center is designated as a trauma 4 hospital, that's the highest ranking a hospital can be classified to handle trauma.The closest level 4 trauma center is located in Amarillo.

Hospital administrators tell us they are excited about the health care access this new facility will provide for the rural community now and for future decades.

"The facilities and amenities you provide to your health care team make the difference. The ability to recruit and obtain positions, this facility does that. We believe we will better serve our physicians and our patients," said Lance Gatlin, Administrator of  Parmer Co. Medical Center.

Before the construction of this new hospital, patients were being cared for in a facility that was several decades old.

That facility did not meet codes for Medicare, so the community decided to change that.

A few years ago, the town passed a $12 million bond issue to build the new Parmer Medical Center.

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