Grant would bring community health clinic

by C.F. David

According to Cimarron Memorial Hospital's CEO, Rod Burrus, Cimarron Memorial's Rural Clinic might soon change its status from Rural to Community Clinic.

This change would bring federal funds and possibly a federal grant being sought by the OSU Extension Service in Guymon.

“This would really help us,” Burrus said, “But this isn't a big revenue generator; it can help us reduce our expenses.”

“We could add services such as a dentist and a psychiatrist, and the hospital could buy its drugs more cheaply.”

“If this is worked right, it would be a win-win situation for us,” Burrus said.

Burrus was first contacted by Arlene James, of OSU, asking for his support of a Community Clinic at Texhoma, with Cimarron County patients transported to that clinic and perhaps in the future a satellite clinic being established at Boise City.

Burrus said he asked questions of James and determined that OSU had been pursuing the grant for Texhoma, but that a “medically underserved area” (MUA) was needed, and that Texhoma, being so near Guymon, and Texas County Memorial didn't qualify; however, at 62 miles away, Boise City and Cimarron County did.

Burrus said he then informed James he wasn't interested in any project which would bleed patients from Cimarron Memorial.

Burrus then explained that Cimarron Memorial had an under utilized facility in its clinic building and that he would be interested in a plan that would base the clinic in Boise City.

“We only use about a third of our space over there,” Burrus said.

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