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Rockdale medical firm will get CTH

Cameron hospital to have new name

The Central Texas Hospital era is ending in Cameron as the facility is about to be acquired on a permanent basis by Rockdale based Little River Health Care.

Soon- to- be- former CTH formally severed its ties with ex-owner Dr. Tariq Mahmoud in 20th District Court on Friday.

Permanant operating status negotiations with Little River HC are in an advanced stage and an agreement with that firm, which already operates a clinic adjacent to the Cameron hospital, might be finalized as soon as this week, according to Troy Zinn, Little River CEO.

Zinn has also been serving as administrator at CTH in the wake of the controversy surrounding Dr. Mahmoud, who has been indicted on nine counts of health care fraud violations involving hospitals he owned in East Texas.

RESCUE— Little River stepped in to keep the Cameron hospital from closing.

“It was very important that this facility not close,” Zinn said.

The former CTH will now be officially called “Little River Health Care— Cameron Hospital,” he said. “In light of what’s happened, it’s good to get away from that old name, although I’m sure it will still be called that a lot until everyone gets used to the new name,” he said.

The Cameron hospital continues to offer emergency service but could provide other services, if necessary, according to Zinn.

“ We’re certainly capable of admitting a patient or two under the correct circumstances,” he said. “I’d say we are offering partial services.”

While the “new” Little River Cameron hospital doesn’t offer services such as x-ray and lab work, those services are available adjacent to the hospital at Little River’s Cameron Clinic.

LEGAL WORK—What happened Friday in Judge John Youngblood’s 20th District Court was more legal than medical.

A binding agreement between attorneys representing Dr. Mahmoud and the Central Texas Hospital Board, signed by Judge Youngblood, ends any claim by the beleaguered doctor to ownership of the facilities.

That leaves the hospital board with full title and ownership of the real and personal property of the facility and free to negotiate with Little River to acquire a new provider.

Dr. Mahmoud was awarded ownership of hospital equipment, payroll records and W-2 history.

Friday’s action released Sheriff David Greene and Little River Health Care from “master in chancery” duties.

A master of chancery is an individual, or entity, charged with carrying out the orders of a court.

Greene and LRHC were charged with keeping the Cameron hospital open and operating.

“Now we just need to move forward and get all this behind us,” Zinn said. “Cameron needs its hospital.”


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