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An East Texas town wants to revolutionize how the state cares for people living with memory loss

The ambitious project has won a federal grant. But the Texas Legislature has not yet given its blessing, a crucial step to move the facility forward.

Quitman Mayor Randy Dunn speaks about working with the Wood County Health Care Foundation to plan out and build the Memory Health Life Center on Thursday March 14, 2024 during a meeting at UT Health East Texas in Quitman.

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A movement begins

Wood County Health Care Foundation board member Orval Lindsey look over the land the foundation plans to build the Memory Health Life Center on Thursday March 14, 2024 in Quitman.
The Wood County Courthouse on Thursday March 14, 2024 in Quitman.

Budding inspiration

Land behind UT Health East Texas, the future location of the Memory Health Life Center, is photographed on Thursday March 14, 2024 in Quitman.

Is this possible?

Wood County Health Care Foundation Vice President Debbie Robinson and board member Orval Lindsey look over the land the foundation plans to build the Memory Health Life Center on Thursday March 14, 2024 in Quitman.

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