Houston Co. agrees to give surgery center a tax break

By Whitney Grunder - email

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - It looks complicated on paper, but once completed, the outpatient surgical center in Crockett will create several new jobs and provide services that the hospital currently does not offer.

"Perhaps plastic surgery, certainly pain management, neuro-surgery, other fields that overall, don't have a strong presence here," Dr. Patrick Walker said.

Houston County Medical Investors presented the agreement a few years ago due to the need for outpatient care.

"I think it's estimated that there's maybe 150 million dollars worth of health care, maybe 200 million dollars worth of health care that's provided to citizens of Houston County," Walker said. "Most of that's not being provided in our community."

And on Tuesday, the Commissioners Court approved a five-year tax abatement for the center.

"They're making a substantial investment in our community and our county, so it's just a little extra incentive for them," County Judge Lonnie Hunt said.

Hunt believes it's another great opportunity for growth in medicine.

"Our local medical community is expanding and growing and reaching out and Crockett is becoming more and more of a regional medical facility," Hunt said.

It's also a chance to promote the economy.

"It's a shock to the economy and a real help to us. Just the construction phase and of course once that face is finished, that creates more commerce so it's a win-win situation," Hunt said.

For the 14 new physicians it will bring as well as the patients it will provide for.

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