Later this year, warm water therapy will be available at Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine at Memorial Health System.

The Board of Directors unanimously approved at its regular meeting Tuesday up to $150,000 for a HydroWorx series pool which will provide the new service.

The water therapy will benefit young athletes with injuries and adults that have had knee, hip and shoulder replacements, said Harold Courtois, chief executive officer.

“It’s a phenomenal therapy that really gets you back on land,” he said.

The pool itself was $129,950 with additional funds allocated to provide a room for the unit.

The therapy improves oxygen flow to muscles and lessens compressive forces on joints, resulting in less pain and a faster recovery. It also helps to increase blood circulation, leading to better overall heart and lung condition.

This benefits patients with joint stiffness, edema, orthopedic issues, chronic pain and arthritis.

Board member Julie Beswick said the Memorial Health Foundation is anticipating an estate gift of $90,000 of which $75,000 will go to the purchase of the HydroWorx.

Property tax

The board also unanimously approved keeping the mill levy at 2.

Elgin Glanzer, chief financial officer, said Memorial Health has a tradition of keeping the mill levy at 2 or less.

The property tax is expected to rise about $325,000 in 2020 which is less than 1 percent of the budget and 0.88 percent of the 2019 budget.

Glanzer said the money has been allocated to capital purchases.

Busy month

May was a busy month for Abilene Memorial Hospital.

Glanzer said there were six births. He said Memorial Health had a gain of $30,000 and has 119 days cash on hand.

“We are looking to finish the year strong,” he said.

In his report to the board, Courtois said select Apple stores have been selling a diabetes monitor.

He said it combines a monitor with an app for iPhone and Apple Watches.

Dr. William Short, chief medical officer, said information can then be sent to the doctor in real time.

The one drop blood glucose monitoring kit can be purchased for $69.95 at

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