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Does Lubbock need another hospital? Leaders at University Medical Center Health System believe the answer is 'yes.'

Lubbock continues to grow, and with growth comes the added need for police officers, firefighters and medical workers. Lubbock is already known for its medical hub in this part of Texas. When coronavirus patients in our hospitals started adding up, it was the number of beds and the medical facilities we have that really helped out the citizens of Lubbock.

University Medical Center Health System saw Lubbock's growth and recently submitted a request to rezone 13.6 acres of land near 110th and Slide Road to build a brand new hospital. The Planning and Zoning Commission voted in favor of the request.

According to KAMC, University Medical Center Health System is just planning for the future:

Terry Holeman, speaking on behalf of the developer which was turn speaking on behalf of UMC, said the hospital would have a clinic, rehabilitation services and an emergency room.

Holeman also said they are not sure if there will be inpatient beds, but they want to get the zoning in place to be prepared for the future.

The issue now heads to the Lubbock City Council, which meets on Tuesday and could approve the request as it's been recommended.

It makes sense to build a hospital in Southwest Lubbock as growth in the area is not slowing at all. A new hospital could could help cut down on response times as well and go toward solidifying Lubbock's standing as a great medical city on the South Plains.

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