By Lynda Jones, Editor-in-Chief
The Houston County Hospital District Board of Directors unanimously voted to appoint Dr. Perry Ramsey, MD, to Position 2 on the board.
The action came during the regular meeting of the HCHD Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the ETMC Cafeteria.
Position 2 previously was held for many years by Dr. George Beeler, DVM, who passed away recently.
Ramsey was not present at the meeting, but Board President Dr. John Stovall, DDS, said afterwards that Ramsey has agreed to accept the position and will take the oath of office at the next board meeting.
Ramsey currently is a physician at the Veterans Administration Clinic in Palestine, a position he has held for about one year.
He previously worked at the ETMC First Physicians Clinic in Crockett, and before that, he had his own private practice and medical clinic in Crockett.
He and his wife, Theresa, are active in the Crockett and Houston County communities.
Also during the Tuesday meeting, the HCHD board unanimously voted to approve its 2014-2015 budget, which includes $250,000 for legal and professional expenses.
It also includes adjustments for the loss of income from ETMC that is anticipated after June 30, 2015 when the ETMC-HCHD lease agreement ends, dependent upon current litigation results. ETMC filed suit against the HCHD about 10 months ago.
Following the regular meeting, the HCHD board adjourned to convene an executive session to discuss that litigation with its attorney.