RUNNELS COUNTY - Healthcare professionals in Runnels County are calling upon their colleagues in the medical field who serve patients in the area, to join together to promote better healthcare for all of the residents in the area.

RUNNELS COUNTY - Healthcare professionals in Runnels County are calling upon their colleagues in the medical field who serve patients in the area, to join together to promote better healthcare for all of the residents in the area.

Dr. Bradly Bundrant, chief of staff at Ballinger Memorial Hospital, is heading up the effort along with Bobby Broyles, director of marketing at Ballinger Home Health and Hospice and Michelle Aguilera, administrator at Ballinger Home Health and Hospice.

Bundrant said he is looking forward to working with other providers across the county and that the organization will be called the Health and Wellness Coalition for Runnels County..

“I want to invite all of the healthcare providers in Runnels County to participate,” Bundrant said. “We need to get the word out on what services are available.”

Broyles, who retired as pastor of First Baptist Church in March, said his experience with the Ballinger Ministerial Alliance, set the wheels in motion for putting a coalition of healthcare providers together in Runnels County.

“It helped the community when the pastors of churches got together to accomplish the things they did,” Broyles explained. “It made sense to me that the healthcare providers get together to better serve the people of Runnels County. We hope all of the healthcare providers in Runnels County will participate.”

Healthcare providers in Runnels County include Ballinger Memorial Hospital, Ballinger Home Health and Hospice, North Runnels Hospital, North Runnels Clinic, Central Texas Nursing and Rehab in Ballinger, Dr. Shaughn Sims, Chiropractor, Ballinger, Winters Healthcare Residence and Senior Citizens Nursing Home, Keel Drug in Ballinger, Pioneer Veterinary Clinic and Cash Saver Pharmacy in Winters.

Sandra Clack, who is on the Ballinger Memorial Hospital Board said she is excited about forming the coalition.

“I’m excited about things that bring access to healthcare to all of the folks in Runnels County,” Clack said. “We need to make sure the citizens of this area have access to all of the healthcare services available.”

The organization will hold a meeting on the first Thursday of the first full week of the month. The next meeting is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5 in Winters Assisted Living, 616 Truett St. Winters.