- Associated Press - Thursday, December 24, 2015

CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) - Chickasha residents are set to vote on a sales tax increase to fund repairs for the hospital and a new surgery and imaging center.

KOCO-TV (https://bit.ly/1J6ESBL ) reports that Grady Memorial Hospital administrators hope voters will approve the tax increase on Feb. 9.

Hospital officials say patients cannot undergo surgery or deliver babies at Grady Memorial after operating rooms were closed earlier this year, mostly over concerns about humidity levels. Patients have to be transported to nearby facilities.

Grady Memorial CEO Kean Spellman said the closest large hospital is 45 minutes away.

Spellman says that the proposed ¼-cent sales tax increase in minimal.

If the increase is approved, it would be in effect for 20 years. Spellman said construction would begin in April.

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Information from: KOCO-TV, https://www.koco.com

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