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May 3, 2013

Candidates vie for seats on Gainesville Hospital District board

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Candidates in the running for three at-large seats in the Gainesville Hospital District Board of Directors recently provided input about their qualifications and intentions of service.
On election day, voting polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, and hospital district residents can place their votes at the following locations:
• Gainesville Civic Center, 311 S. Weaver St. in Gainesville (for voters in precincts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35 and 37).
• Callisburg School, 308 Dozier St. in Callisburg (for voters in precincts 6, 7, 9 and 28).
• Valley View High School, 700 Frontage Rd. in Valley View (for voters in precincts 10 and 11).
• First State Bank, 6586 FM 902 in Lake Kiowa (for voters in precincts 8 and 22).
• Era Community Center, 102 Malone St. in Era (for voters in precinct 12, a portion of precinct 15 lying within the boundary of the Gainesville Hospital District, and precinct 19).
• Conrad Hall, 431 Ash St. in Lindsay (for voters in precinct 21 and a portion of precinct 18 lying within the boundary of the Gainesville Hospital District).
Early voting by personal appearance is still available through Tuesday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., in Classrooms 2 and 3 of North Texas Medical Center.
Candidate input
Don Wallace
What interested you in running to be a hospital board member?
I served two two-year terms on the board until four years ago.  When I left the board our hospital was in extremely fine fiscal condition.  We need to regain that strong fiscal control and rebuild reserves so that our hospital can do their best work to serve our community.  There are lots of small things that help build trust and reserves and my job would be to try and be an instrumental in implementing the changes needed to obtain those objectives.
What ideas do you have for the district -- or what do you feel should be changed or implemented that you can affect?
The ideas I have for the district are to be the best we can be as a hospital.  We must have the best emergency room in a four-county area; we need to spruce up the waiting rooms, bring back into house some of the operating functions of the hospital that will help us operate more profitably and serve our customers with the absolute best service possible. There is no magic, just hard work, attention to detail and offering the best hospital experience in North Texas.  We have done it before, and we can do it again.

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