The doors are still open at Pauls Valley’s hospital as its current financial struggles have caught the attention of national news.
As of right now plans are in place for a crew from the CBS Morning News show to be here next month for a closer look at what’s happening at Pauls Valley Regional Medical Center.
It appears the national network is interested in using the local hospital as a specific example of the difficulties facing these types of medical facilities in rural America.
That’s the word of Frank Avignone of Alliance Health Partners Oklahoma, which is the private company operating the hospital since early July with plans to purchase the city-owned hospital and neighboring Willows Assisted Living Center.
In recent days Alliance officials have turned to the community to donate what they can as a temporary way of keeping the hospital afloat during the current financial crisis.
“They are coming here,” Avignone said, adding the CBS crew is currently scheduled to be in Pauls Valley on Oct. 8.
“There’s interest in rural heathcare and the plight it faces. When they do the story they’ll be in Pauls Valley.
“There will be interviews, they’ll be talking to me and others about this crisis, specifically in Pauls Valley. They plan to talk to a handful of residents about how important the hospital is to them in Pauls Valley.
“We’ll talk about this is not the only hospital in trouble. We’ll also review what it means to close the hospital.”
According to Avignone, once the CBS crew is done here the actual broadcast will come at a later date.
These days the daily focus for Avignone and other Alliance officials is finding the money to pay employees and keep the hospital open.
This week payroll was apparently met as it looks as though the fundraiser campaign could be an ongoing thing for some time.
“I’ve got a lot of calls out and conversation about donations to the hospital,” he said. “In some cases it’s the larger donation. The money is trickling in.
“It’s still rocky, but we’re still taking care of patients. Right now it’s just trying to stay status quo. We’re working to keep a lid on it.”
A part of this effort includes the hospital hosting a cookout fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23.
With all tax deductible donations going to the Pauls Valley General Hospital Foundation, the cookout features smoked chicken, sausage, brisket, sides and drinks for $10 a plate.
Hospital officials say much of the food being offered at this fundraiser is being donated by local businesses.