BALLINGER– The Ballinger Memorial Hospital District swore in a new board member and accepted the resignation of long time Administrator Lance Keilers during the regular board meeting held last Monday, November 26 at the Wellness Center in Ballinger, Texas.

According to a release made available Tuesday, the Ballinger Memorial Hospital Board of Directors accepted the notice of intention of Keilers to leave his position effective January 15, 2013. Keilers served in as hospital administrator for 14 years.

“Our hospital, our clinic, our drug store, and our foundation have never been more sound and our future brighter,” said board President Mike Dankworth in the release. “Lance’s vision and leadership are important reasons for this success.”

Keilers cited personal reasons for his resignation. He will be getting married and moving to Missouri.

To date it is not clear if the board will look forward to hire a new administrator. “We have been looking at several options,” said board member David Cowart. “We could hire somebody or maybe bring an external service (outsourcing) to our hospital.”

The board would be taking over the renovation and construction projects started this year.

On September of 2012 the Ballinger Hospital District formally kicked off a multimillion dollar project, that started with the renovation of the former Complete Packaging building for the relocation of Keel Drug pharmacy and Ballinger Clinic.

The hospital district purchased a 55,000-squarefoot building earlier this year. Long-term plans also include relocating the hospital to this site.

The Hospital District is spending $1.3 million in the pharmacy and clinic relocation only. The project was originally scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

At Monday’s regular meeting one new board member was sworn in. Brenda Joyce Waterfill will be filling in one of the places left vacant by retiring board members Jim Studer and Rodney Flanagan. The board has yet to decide the second board member to be appointed after Will Brewer, Ballinger ISD Superintendent, declined an invitation to join.