Search still ongoing for local oncologist

Julye Keeble

Staff writer

Uvalde Memorial Hospital’s search for a medical oncologist remains ongoing, hospital CEO Tom Nordwick told Uvalde County Commissioners Jerry Bates and Ronald Garza, and county judge Bill Mitchell on Monday.

Commissioners Mariano Pargas Jr. and Randy Scheide, along with county attorney John Dodson, were absent from the meeting held at 10 a.m. at the county courthouse.

“We’re hoping that we can work out something in the meantime with the Mays Cancer Center, even if they can do some  telemedicine where they would possibly set up treatments in San Antonio, and once they get that treatment regimen down we’d be able to bring those patients back to the hospital and continue their chemo locally here,” Nordwick said.

Nordwick said UMH is actively looking for a medical oncologist to partner with in place of the departed Texas Oncology, the previous chemotherapy provider for Uvalde. The Texas Oncology office closed in November after a dispute over a lease.

As they are recruiting, the hospital is also filing applications to be able to take part in the 340B Medicare program, which helps hospitals purchase chemotherapy drugs at a much lower rate and helps met the needs of indigent patients in the community. The 340B program was established in 1992 by U.S. Congress to allow hospitals to purchase outpatient drugs at steep discounts from manufacturers.


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