Pioneer reassures supervisors of quality care

By Amanda McBride

The Choctaw Plaindealer


Hospital and nursing home employees filled the Choctaw County Board of Supervisors meeting on October 31. Most employees were department heads.

“They came to support you guys (supervisors) and healthcare in the county, not me,” said Allen Gamble, hospital administrator, as he addressed the board.

Gamble addressed the board after citizens at the previous supervisor meeting discussed concerns of Pioneer Community Hospital of Choctaw not providing quality care.

Gamble said the hospital’s number one goal is patient safety. “The people here are the ones that are working toward that,” said Gamble about the employees in the room.

“Every complaint is taken seriously,” continued Gamble.

He added that the hospital complies with every standard set by the state and other government health organizations.

“We have been improving. Our star quality rating will go up as some bad surveys drop off. We know we’re not perfect. We strive to do the best,” said Gamble.

PCH-Choctaw has won a quality reward for the past two quarters and are waiting to see results if they have won for the third quarter.

“We are committed to providing the best health care,” said Gamble.

He also mentioned that the hospital has several doctors treating patients and seeing them on the floor.

“We have several doctors not just one doctor doing everything,” said Gamble.

He said that Dr. Gene Cathey is now their chief of staff.

Board President Chris McIntire thanked Gamble and the staff present for doing their jobs.

“Thank ya’ll for the job you do,” said McIntire.

Emma Boyd, resident of Triplett Road in District 4, also visited the supervisor meeting. She was there to ask the board why Triplett road is in such bad shape. She gave several examples including only a portion of it being paved, water covering the road in a rain and people illegally dumping household items there. Boyd compared Triplett Road to the newly paved Fentress Road.

District 1 Supervisor David Carter said he had previously talked with Boyd and explained that the road is a county road and shared his maintenance plan.

In the meeting, Board President Chris McIntire explained to Boyd that Fentress Road is a state-aid road and that the county receives fund to maintain those roads.

Triplett Road is a county road, maintenance of that road “comes from county coffers” said McIntire.

He also explained that Triplett Road is the worst area in the county for beavers and that Carter is trying to rid the area of that problem.

Boyd, the supervisors and Sheriff Cloyd Halford also discussed illegal dumping.

The Choctaw County Board of Supervisors also approved:


-Declare the Civil Defense Fund as the Emergency Management fund.

-Inventory deletion of District 1 motor grader that was previously sold.

-Inventory deletions of missing items from the nursing home and hospital that Pioneer Health Systems will replace.

-Postage request of $322 for Justice Court.

-Reimburse Justice Court $6 of bank fees from the General Fund.

-Travel for Justice Court clerk to mandatory training November 14-15 in Tunica.


-Allow District 3 to go on the private property of Jones-Watson to get donated dirt to be used for roads.

-To purchase a radio tower for Bywy Volunteer Fire Department for approximately $10,000.

-Shumaker reduction of assessment and Estes increase of assessment by request of tax assessor.

-To make payment that day to Pioneer Health Services for indigent care for $73,500. This payment is made to Pioneer quarterly as pursuant to the hospital lease contract.

-Generator maintenance contracts for the county’s generators.

-Final amended budget for fiscal year 2012-2013.

-Close out fund with the Army Corps. of Engineers on the study for the Lake Project.

-District 1 to create a banking fund for Prewitt Road Bridge Project and move $25,000 into that fund.

The next Board of Supervisors meeting will be Tuesday, November 12 at 9 a.m. at the Choctaw County Courthouse.