New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY, MAY 12,2007
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* Christus Health System includes more than 40 hospitals and facilities in six states and Mexico.
® LifePoint Hospitals is a hospital corporation focused on non-urban health care, with 51 general acute care hospitals in 19 states.
* Methodist Healthcare System of San Antonio was formed in 1995 out of a partnership of Methodist Healthcare Ministries and Hospital Corporation of America and operates four hospitals and numerous other health care facilities located throughout San Antonio.
^ During the next few weeks, representatives from these organizations will conduct meetings with physicians and hospital representatives to expand the due diligence performed during the first phase of the process, McKenna officials said. Site visits may be conducted by both McKenna and the prospective partners to obtain more information regarding the actual realization of each organization's mission, culture and market strategy.
McKenna narrows buyer search
■ Christus Health, LifePoint, Methodist named Friday as finalists
By Gerard MacCrossan and Suzanne Ashe
McKenna Memorial Hospital officials said late Friday they have narrowed the search for a buyer to three hospital groups.
A statement was released after 5 p.m. Friday announcing that Christus Health,
LifePoint Hospitals and The Methodist Health Care System of San Antonio have been selected for “extended due diligence with the purpose of selecting one finalist to enter into a formal letter of intent to purchase McKenna Memorial Hospital.” McKenna Health System President and Chief Executive Officer, Tim Brierty, said that the proposals offered by these organizations most closely match the mission,
values and interests of the hospital.
“More importantly, all of the finalists have the intent to continue providing the highest quality health services while bringing new services to our rapidly growing community and maintaining McKenna’s historical commitment to the provision of charity care,” Brierty said.
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Voting officials expecting good turnout today
By Suzanne Ashe
Voting in the special and general elections begins at 7 a.m. today at the Comal County Courthouse, and Comal County Elections Coordinator Linnell Hinojosa said Friday that she expects a good voter turnout.
“We’re looking for a fairly good vot-
■ Find out where to go today to cast your ballot. Page 9A
er turnout, since we had a little more than 3,600 early votes in the county and 1,081 in the city,” she said. “Early voting is usually a good indicator.” Hinojosa said voters should come
to the polls prepared.
“Bring your voter registration cards,” she said. “It goes faster if you bring your card.”
Deputy City Secretary Ann Smith said she and City Secretary Michael Resendez will be at city hall all day today.
See VOTING, Page 9A
Comal County Clerk Cynthia Juqua, left, shows election workers Elaine Hayden and Diane Pepin hope to use the iVotronic electronic voting machine for today's elections.
The Scooter Store settles civil lawsuit with government
Local man arrested on narcotics charges
From Staff Reports
Narcotics officers from the Comal County Metro Narcotic Task Force arrested Johnny Joe Serna, 30, of New Braunfels early Friday morning on charges of drug manufacturing and delivery of controlled substance.
Comal County sheriff’s Capt. Dennis Koepp said narcotics officers, assisted by members of Comal County Special Weapons and Tactics Team, sheriff’s deputies and the New Braunfels Police
Department executed a search warrant about 2:30 a.in. Friday at a residence in the 200 block of Melony Lane in New Braunfels.
Inside, they reportedly found more than half an ounce of cocaine, small amounts of methampheta-mines and marijuana and a Ruger 9 millimeter handgun, Koepp said.
Serna remained in the Comal County Jail on Friday.
No bond had been set.
Skiing is believing
By Suzanne Ashe
The Scooter Store officials declared victory Friday in the company’s four year legal battle with Medicare.
The Scooter Store, New Braunfels’ largest private employer, announced Friday that it has settled a civil lawsuit against the LLS: Department of Justice and relinquished its right to collect Medicare reimbursements for certain power wheelchairs and scooter, which the company maintains were properly delivered to qualified Medicare beneficiaries, according to an official statement released Friday by the Scooter Store.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the
■Thousands expected at water sports annual event
Western District of Texas in June of 2005, in response to allegations by Federal prosecutors that the company submitted fraudulent claims to Medicare and Medicaid. Doug
Doug Harrison Harrison, CEO and founder of The Scooter Store headquartered in New Braunfels, said he is happy the lawsuit is finally over.
“Medicare had to admit that our claims were valid,” he said. “The bitter pill we had to swallow is that we had to agree to walk away from
See SCOOTER, Page 12A
Schedule of events
Between 8,000 and 10,000 wakeboard and wakeskate enthusiasts are expected for the 5th Annual Cablestock at the Texas Ski Ranch this weekend.
The following is a list of events taking place today at Texas Ski Ranch:
■ 8 a.m.: Rookie triathlon begins
■ 10 a.m.: Skatepark and cable lake open to public
■ Noon: Pro-wake-board preliminary round cable wakeboard
■ 2 p.m.: Pro-wakeskate preliminary round cable wakeboard
■ 2:30 p.m.: Pro-wakeboard structure only cable competition (sliders
■ 3:15 p.m.: Bikini competition
■ 3:45 p.m.: Pro-wakeboard qualifying boat wakeboard
■ 5 p.m.: Pro-wakeskate qualifying boat wakeskate
■ 5:30 p.m. Juniors finals boat wakeboard
■ 6:15 p.m. Women's finals boat wakeboard
■ 7 p.m.: Women and juniors finals cable wakeboard
■ 8:30 p.m. Cable lake night session (open until midnight).
By Mark Koopmans
With dozens of events scheduled for both competitors and beginners, it is easy to see why officials at Texax Ski Ranch are expecting the action sports complex to be a busy place during this weekend’s 5th annual Cablestock festival.
“We’re planning for between 8,000 to 10,000 people to come out and see us during the three days,” cofounder Blake Hess said Friday. “We’ll be awarding $10,000 in prizes, and are expecting to see some
See SKI, Page 8A
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Bowen Lipinski was one of several dozen people showing their moves during the women and juniors qualifying cable wakeboard competition during Cablestock on Friday at thelexas Ski Ranch.