New Owners Plan To Save Rural Hospital

WHITNEY (August 2, 2013)—A hospital group based in Florida has said it will buy and operate the Lake Whitney Medical Center in the wake of a scandal with the previous owner who has been indicted by a federal grand jury.

Employees told News 10 on Friday that they were told during a meeting on Thursday that Frontier Hospitals, Inc., and its chief officer David Byrns, now owns and will operate the facility.

Frontier Hospitals, Inc., is a Florida-based group that owns 12 health care facilities in Florida, Louisiana, Georgia and Arizona but the Whitney facility is its first in Texas.

Byrns told the group he was contacted personally by Dr. Tariq Mahmood, the embattled doctor who previously owned the hospital and now is indicted for Medicare and Medicaid fraud.

Mahmood owned five Texas hospitals in Texas, including the one in Whitney and another in Cameron, both of which were in danger of closing until other groups moved in to keep them open.

More than 100 employees work at the Whitney hospital and the associated Emergency Medical Service operation.

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