GROVE - City council members rescinded three choices for members to serve on the Grove Healthcare Authority and appointed again as many replacements after the group failed to meet residency guidelines.

Mayor Gary Bishop said he discovered after the appointments that Dr. Joseph Chouteau, Michael Lewandowski and Ronald Lay didn't live inside the city limits of Grove as is required by the trust indenture.

Bishop told the public during a special meeting on Monday that naming the first three members was his “first big blunder” because “one lives on the edge (of town), the other two aren't even close.”

The council voted unanimously to rescind the appointments of those three and replace them with: Dr. Renee Russell, an employee of Integris Grove General Hospital; Randall Hamill, a pastor, and Dr. Rick Miller, a dentist.

“These people have assured me they live in the city limits,” Bishop said.

The appointment of councilmen Gary Trippensee and Mike Davenport will remain since their residency has already been established during the election process, Bishop indicated.

Trippensee requested, and interim city manager Debbie Mavity granted that Bonnie Buzzard could serve as secretary taking minutes for the trust authority.

The Grove Healthcare Authority was originally formed on Sept. 21, 1999 to promote, finance and develop hospitals, ambulance services and other health care facilities to service the needs of people on behalf of the City of Grove.

In October 1999, the city approved annexing 35 acres of land for Brazos Health Care Properties that would in turn be leased to Integris Grove General Hopsital for a new health care complex near 13th and Shundi.

The $8 million complex would include an ambulatory care center and medical office building. Those facilities, as well as the present Grove General Hospital at 13th and Main, were turned over to Brazos Health Care Properties then leased back to Integris Rural Health for a 35-year period, according to the legal notice.

The leasing arrangement between Brazos and Integris included a $227 million bond package to finance improvements made also on facilities in Miami, End and Oklahoma City.

The updates hinge on local community support, Grove administrator Greg Martin has advised.

Bishop, a local minister and chaplain at the Grove hospital, has publicly indicated he favored city support of around $1 million for the project.

Integris has little fear of competition in Grove - a resolution passed last year by city council members won't allow any other health provider to enter the city unless it provides services that the local hospital doesn't already offer.

Trippensee requested, and interim city manager Debbie Mavity granted that Bonnie Buzzard could serve as secretary taking minutes for the trust authority.

The Grove Healthcare Authority was originally formed on Sept. 21, 1999 to promote, finance and develop hospitals, ambulance services and other health care facilities to service the needs of people on behalf of the City of Grove.

In October 1999, the city approved annexing 35 acres of land for Brazos Health Care Properties that would in turn be leased to Integris Grove General Hopsital for a new health care complex near 13th and Shundi.

The $8 million complex would include an ambulatory care center and medical office building. Those facilities, as well as the present Grove General Hospital at 13th and Main, were turned over to Brazos Health Care Properties then leased back to Integris Rural Health for a 35-year period, according to the legal notice.

The leasing arrangement between Brazos and Integris included a $227 million bond package to finance improvements made also on facilities in Miami, End and Oklahoma City.

The updates hinge on local community support, Grove administrator Greg Martin has advised.

Bishop, a local minister and chaplain at the Grove hospital, has publicly indicated he favored city support of around $1 million for the project.

Integris has little fear of competition in Grove - a resolution passed last year by city council members won't allow any other health provider to enter the city unless it provides services that the local hospital doesn't already offer.