SAN ANGELO, TX – State Representative Drew Darby of San Angelo Wednesday responded to the Federal Trade Commission's letter on the deal to merge Shannon Medical Center and San Angelo Community Hospital.
Here is Rep. Darby's statement:
"I am committed to serving my constituents by supporting policies that help folks in the Concho Valley tackle obstacles such as reliable, affordable, quality healthcare. I am concerned about the opinion letter from paper pushing bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. – people who do not live, work, or even receive medical services in our community – that applies dry and mathematical metrics to rural Texas healthcare. Texas is the leading state in rural hospital closures, which causes severe economic impacts to families and businesses. I was proud to work with other rural colleagues to put a tool in place for our communities to utilize and I support the efforts of my San Angelo community as they navigate what works best for our region."