US House speaker pays unannounced visit to local hospital


TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan made an unannounced stop Tuesday at McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple.

The visit was kept quiet, though witnesses say there was heavy security when the Republican leader showed up at around 11 a.m., touring the facility alongside Temple businessman and hospital benefactor Drayton McLane, Jr., as well as Central Texas Congressman John Carter.

Sources told KWTX that Ryan also met with hospital executives to talk about the need for therapy for children and health care issues.

Ryan’s spokesman, Zack Roday, said the speaker “was happy to join Congressman Carter in Temple today visiting the Children’s Medical Center and to hear about the great work they are doing.”

“When Speaker Ryan is on the road raising resources for House Republicans, he frequently tours small businesses, hospitals, and local nonprofits to get a sense of the role they play in the community,” he said.

One of the patients who met Ryan while he was in Central Texas was 9-year-old Logan Parker, the current Texas Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network, a group which includes McLane Children’s Hospital and 13 other Texas hospitals.

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