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Jul 21, 2014 10:16 PM by Bart Bedsole - bbedsole@kristv.com

Final Spohn Presentation Held On Northside

CORPUS CHRISTI - Different location, similar concerns.

Christus Spohn's final presentation on the northside Monday night brought many of the same questions and doubts as previous meetings in other parts of town.

Fueling Spohn's hospital transformation plan is the idea that Memorial is too old to be repaired and too expensive to be replaced.

But on the northside, people weren't convinced.

Some believe Memorial doesn't have to come down.

"That building is sound," believes Dr. Gloria Scott, "and it can be restructured inside easily."

Others questioned why taxpayers won't have the option of deciding whether to spend the money to build a new one.

"Why don't you allow us, the voters, to decide in November if we want to build a new one at our cost?" asked one member of the audience.

Hospital District CEO Jonny Hipp has said that a $400 million bond to rebuild Memorial is not realistic.

Spohn's plans instead calls for moving the ER and other services to an expanded Spohn Shoreline, tearing down Memorial, and building an HEB-sized health care center adjacent to Memorial.

The $325 million project would be paid for by Spohn, with the final $50 million coming from donations by the community.

Prior to the meeting Monday, there was some friction between Spohn and some northside leaders regarding the scheduling of the presentation.

Spohn wanted to have the meeting this week to continue the recent momentum from other meetings and while the issue was still at the forefront.

But many community leaders wanted to have it in August or September, believing that more people would be attend to attend at that time.

Local NAACP President Terry Mills says another meeting will be held August 18 at the Oveal Williams Senior Center, with or without Spohn's involvement.

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