In the early 1980s, residents of Hunt County decided the best way to provide hospital services to their growing area was to form a public hospital district, much in the same way a fire district or a school district provides services.
Voters approved Hunt Memorial Hospital District in 1981. Voter money was instrumental in expanding the original Citizens General Hospital, which opened in 1971.
Today, tax-payer money is used to provide much-needed community health services. Although there isn’t profit in providing health classes for seniors or in helping the communities underinsured connect with preventive and emergency care, because Hunt County is part of the community, we have a responsibility to provide these services regardless of their profitability.
The District is governed by nine publicly elected board members, whose duty is to set policies and establish goals for Hunt Regional Healthcare facilities throughout the region.
Today, Hunt Memorial Hospital District is known to its patients, employees, and community supporters as Hunt Regional Healthcare and has grown to offer a wide array of services using state-of-the-art technology at multiple locations throughout Northeast Texas, including facilities in Commerce, Emory, Rockwall, Royse City, and Quinlan.
To truly understand what Hunt Regional is today, you must first understand what Hunt Regional once was. Let’s take a look back at the history of our innovative health system.