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Moments after Wednesday's action Mayor Gary Alfred said the important thing now is knowing the future of Pauls Valley's hospital is closer to being secure.

“With the state of the hospital we've had others look at it, but they backed out,” Alfred said about interested buyers. “Something had to be done.

“Americore Health offered to come in here and bring the hospital back.

“It will still be a full fledged hospital with an ambulance service, plus they're going to pour a lot of money into the facility.

“This will provide health care in Pauls Valley for a long time.”

PV City Manager James Frizell knows this is one big move toward having an open and healthy hospital well into the future. He also knows this is just the first step.

“This takes us one little step closer to keeping a hospital,” Frizell said.

“That's been our main goal for the last seven years – to keep our hospital running.”

Right in the middle of the executive session discussions just before the vote was City Attorney Jay Carlton.

Carlton says the deal calls for a trade off with the Americore company taking on the hospital's debt. In exchange, PV avoids any dramatic changes to the status of health care services here.

“Americore is assuming our debt from the city of Pauls Valley and the hospital authority,” Carlton said, adding the hospital's debt is right around .5 million.

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Retired Sgt. 1st Class Frederick T. Slape hugs his daughter Montana, then 18, at her high school graduation. Three months later he was diagnosed with multiple cancers.

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