County approves RGH sole provider funds

PNT Staff Report

The Roosevelt County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday in their regular meeting, to approve the supplemental sole community fund request for Roosevelt General Hospital.

Over $96,000 was approved, and with a federal match, the hospital will receive nearly $335,000 in mid-October to help with Medicaid, Medicare and indigent patients.

“The federal government helps with the state matching funds,” RGH administrator James D’Agostino said. “We have a high number of Medicaid patients and a high number of uninsured patients.”

Part of that money, D’Agostino explained, comes from an indigent care tax from residents of Roosevelt County.

In other business Tuesday:

• The board briefly discussed the Industrial Park loop waterline the city of Portales is proposing to alleviate problems with water main breaks experienced in the city.

• Sheriff Darren Hooker discussed law enforcement presence at Roosevelt County Fair.