Emer­gency Med­ical Direc­tor Jim Hicks pre­sented Williams County Com­mis­sion­ers with an $81,678 pro­posal Thurs­day morn­ing for eight new Phillips Elec­tron­ics MRx Car­diac mon­i­tors.

Hicks says the cur­rent mon­i­tors are ten years old, they’ve been upgraded once, and main­te­nance costs have become pro­hib­i­tive.

Hicks told the Com­mis­sion­ers that the new MRx mod­els will also con­nect to the hos­pi­tal.

Accord­ing to The Bryan Times, the total cost for the new mon­i­tors will be $178,678, but the county will not get stuck with the entire bill. A $15,000 state grant, funded by fines from seat belt vio­la­tions is expected to cover part of the cost, and the old mon­i­tors have a trade-in value of $32,000. Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tals and Well­ness Cen­ters also pledged $50,000 toward the pur­chase.

The com­mis­sion­ers agreed to con­sider the pur­chase agree­ment once it has been reviewed by the county prosecutor.

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