Tarrant County voters approved an $800 million bond program to fund new construction, renovations and other needs for the JPS Health Network (JPS).
The bond program received 82 percent of the vote.
“Our community handed JPS Health Network a huge vote of confidence on Election Day by approving the largest bond in county history — and the first one for the Tarrant County Hospital District in 33 years,” said Robert Earley, JPS president and CEO in a statement. “We are honored and grateful to serve a community that appreciates the healthcare JPS has provided for more than 110 years. We remain committed to making lives better for our patients and our community — today and for decades to come.”
The bond program received wide community support, including from the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
“We thank all those who supported the Hospital District bond proposition. It was truly a healthy vote for all families in Tarrant County,” said.Bill Thornton, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
“It’s passage will vastly improve and upgrade our community’s mental health, cancer care, trauma center, physician and nurse training, and general patient services,” he said.
The money will be spent in phases to implement the suggestions of a Citizens Blue Ribbon Committee that commissioners appointed in December 2016 to evaluate the county’s current and future health care needs, the current delivery system and the role of the JPS Health Network.
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