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About Nueces County Hospital District

The Nueces County Hospital District (NCHD) was established and is governed and operated pursuant to Texas Constitution, Article 9, Section 4 and Texas Health & Safety Code, Chapters 61, 281, 285, and other applicable laws of the State of Texas. NCHD is a political subdivision of the State of Texas.

State law requires each Texas County to provide funding for at least basic health care of its indigent and needy residents. In Counties where the population exceeds 190,000, those counties have the option of establishing a hospital district to address their indigent care funding obligations. In 1967, Nueces County voters exercised that option and created NCHD. NCHD is authorized by law to levy an ad valorem tax for furnishing State-mandated medical and hospital care to the local indigent; NCHD's annual tax rate is set by Nueces County Commissioners Court (Commissioners Court).

NCHD is governed by a seven-member Board of Managers. The Board of Managers are appointed by Commissioners Court and serve staggered three-year terms. Click Board of Managers to access contact and other information about the Board of Managers. Commissioners Court approves NCHD's annual tax rate and budget, however all other matters of NCHD governance are the Board of Managers responsibilities. The Commissioners Court's authority to appoint the Board of Managers and approve the NCHD's annual tax rate and budget is established by Texas Health and Safety Code, Chapter 281.

In 1944, Memorial Hospital was constructed by Nueces County and the City of Corpus Christi on an 18.447-acre tract of land deeded to the County and City by the Baptist Foundation of Texas in 1942. The County and City jointly operated Memorial Hospital which was expanded in 1946 and 1952 to provide additional services and beds. In 1964, a second hospital building was built on the eastern side of the hospital property complex and the entire hospital complex was renamed Memorial Medical Center (MMC). In 1967, after NCHD was created by the voters, ownership of MMC was transferred from the County and City to NCHD as required by law. In 1975, 1982, 1989, and 1993 MMC was expanded, renovated, and/or re-equipped.

In 1996, NCHD, with the approval of Commissioners Court, leased MMC, including its neighbor care centers and medical office buildings, to CHRISTUS Spohn Health System Corporation (CHRISTUS Spohn), a regional non-profit health care system and MMC was renamed CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial. In addition to the lease, NCHD contracted with CHRISTUS Spohn to provide healthcare services to the indigent residents of Nueces County. Under that agreement, the actual delivery of indigent health care was carried out by CHRISTUS Spohn but eligibility for indigent care services remained the responsibility of NCHD. Together, these lease and indigent care agreements redefined NCHDs mission and future role in addressing the healthcare needs for the indigent and needy residents of Nueces County.

In 2012, NCHD, with the approval of Commissioners Court, entered into an agreement with CHRISTUS Spohn relating to CHRISTUS Spohn’s continued provision of health care services to the indigent and needy residents of Nueces County that superseded and replaced NCHDs prior agreements with CHRISTUS Spohn. Under the 2012 agreement, the actual delivery of health care services for the indigent and needy residents of Nueces County continued to be carried out by CHRSITUS Spohn and eligibility for indigent care services continued to be the responsibility of NCHD.

In 2012, NCHD also was designated by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s (HHSC) as the Anchor Entity for the Regional Healthcare Partnership Region 4, formed by HHSC under the HHSC statewide Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration Waiver Program (Medicaid Waiver Program). Under the Medicaid Waiver Program, additional regional health care providers who provide indigent health care in Region 4 are able to receive supplemental Medicaid Waiver Program-related funds from HHSC.

Most recently, in 2014, NCHD, with the approval of Commissioners Court, entered into a Letter of Intent (LOI) with CHRISTUS Spohn that includes construction of a new 44,000 square foot ambulatory health center on the CHRISTUS Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial campus and eventual removal of the hospital complex buildings located on that campus located at 2606 Hospital Boulevard in Corpus Christi, TX 78405. As a part of the LOI, CHRISTUS Spohn agreed to relocate the current Level II Trauma Center and two medical residency training programs from the Memorial campus to its Shoreline Boulevard hospital campus located at 600 Elizabeth Street in Corpus Christi, TX 78404. CHRISTUS Spohn also agreed to continue its provision of health care services to the indigent and needy residents of Nueces County and certain limited psychiatric services. Eligibility determination for indigent care services continues to be the responsibility of NCHD.

We hope you find this webpage informative; please email us any comments or questions.

Jonny F. Hipp, ScD, FACHE
Administrator/Chief Executive Officer
Nueces County Hospital District

Last Updated: 11/14/2017

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