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Memorial Hospital of Texas County to receive assistance

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Amarillo, TX -  A hospital in Guymon which has been experiencing financial hardship over the past year is about to receive some help.

A hospital in Amarillo is about to provide some much needed help to the Memorial Hospital of Texas County.

"For almost a year now hospital employees, doctors, administrators and county commissioners have worked to keep Memorial Hospital of Texas County open.

"We're holding our own right now," said Raymond Holbert who is the Board Chairman of the Board of Control of the Memorial Hospital of Texas County.

"In the last year, it's been a struggle," Ted Keeling who is the Chairman of the Board of the County Commissioners said.

"After the Hospital Board fired it's CEO last May following the discovery that financial information was being kept from them, it's been a challenge to keep the hospital open.

"The County has had to assist in payroll, a few areas, those funds are limited," said Keeling.

"Making cuts, which we had to make a lot of cuts, and pinching pennies to the point to where they have kept us open," Holbert said.

But Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo will soon partner with Memorial Hospital of Texas County to provide assistance.

In a statement sent to NewsChannel 10 Northwest tells us:
"Northwest is excited about this opportunity with Memorial Hospital of Texas County and look forward to working with the City of Guymon and Texas County while moving forward with this transition over the next 60 days."

The Memorial Hospital Board sees promise in this new partnership.

"I really believe with their assistance, we will be able to get the hospital back on it's feet, possibly grow the hospital, improve services for the citizens of Texas County, and I see a bright future with their help," Keeling said. "A lot of the people from this area use Northwest Texas now, and it will help a lot of our people from not traveling as much, so I can see nothing but benefits to come from it."

A team from Northwest Texas Hospital will arrive in Guymon on Thursday to begin the 45 to 60 day transition period.