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Concerned About the Sustainability of Your Rural Hospital?

While a Strain to Hospitals, COVID-19 is a Driving Force Behind Positive Transformation

With Jim Kendrick, President and Chief Executive Officer, Community Hospital Corporation, as published in Modern Healthcare, Sept. 2020 

The novel coronavirus has exacerbated sustainability problems that have continuously dogged community hospitals. The American Hospital Association estimates the financial impact of COVID-19 on U.S. hospitals could total more than $200 billion in losses between March 1 and June 30, 2020. However, government assistance such as CARES Act relief funds and PPP loans gives hospitals the buoyancy to reexamine...


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St. Mark’s Medical Center Announces New Chief Executive Officer

La Grange, TX (September 8, 2020) – The St. Mark’s Medical Center Board of Directors is excited to announce Mark E. Kimball as the new Chief Executive Officer of the hospital. Kimball, who is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), will begin his new role on October 5, 2020.

The Board of Directors followed a diligent search process toward selection of the right CEO to lead and strengthen St. Mark’s Medical Center well into the future. Over 200 applications were received for the CEO position among...


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LEE: A look at hospital district’s state

CHC’s relationship with North Texas Medical Center, Gainesville, Texas, began in May of 2018, to help advance the hospital on many levels. With CHC’s professional guidance, the Gainesville Hospital District and NTMC continue on a positive path of operational, financial and clinical performance improvement. Below is the perspective from Shane Lee, Gainesville Hospital District Board member, as published in the Gainesville Register, September 7, 2020. 

It has been a while since I have publicly shared my thoughts on our hospital, North Texas Medical Center, and the Gainesville Hospital District. Let...


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Community Hospital Consulting Announces New Hospital Relationships

Plano, Texas – (September 9, 2020)  – Community Hospital Consulting, the management and consulting arm of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC), is pleased to announce new relationships and the opportunity to help improve the performance of  healthcare organizations around the country. CHC owns, manages or supports nearly 30 hospitals in 12 states, including Hawaii, and provides group purchasing organization (GPO) services through CHC Supply Trust to more than 80 additional hospitals across 11 additional states plus the District of Columbia.

CHC is a stable organization with a proven ability to help community...


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Relationships are the Key to LTACH Success

By Wayne Boutwell

Building relationships within your community is more important than ever for community hospitals, and the same holds true for long term acute care hospitals (LTACHs). In fact, relationship-building and education are the mainstays of success for ContinueCARE Hospital at Palmetto Health Baptist in Columbia, S.C. A similar approach is beneficial for LTACHs across the country.

Host-Hospital Relationship
The host-hospital relationship is of primary importance for any LTACH. Because ContinueCARE Hospital at Palmetto Health Baptist is a separate, fully licensed acute care hospital within Prisma Health Baptist...


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Community Hospital Corporation Names 2020 Dan Wilford Award Winner

2020 Dan Wilford Award Winner: Deloris Byrd, LPN, ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Palmetto

Plano, Texas (August 25, 2020) – Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) is proud to announce Deloris Byrd, licensed practical nurse (LPN), as winner of the 2020 Dan Wilford Award for Compassion and Community Service. The award is named for Dan Wilford, retired president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Healthcare System, Houston, Texas, and a founding board member of CHC.

Byrd has served for 17 years at ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Palmetto, a 35-bed Long Term Acute...


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The Importance of Sustaining Quality Initiatives in Times of Crisis

The coronavirus public health emergency will have a long-lasting impact on the finances and care delivery processes of hospitals across the United States. The pandemic has also emphasized the significance of clinical quality, and patient and staff safety, as well as adherence to best practices.

On March 27, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted exceptions and extensions for certain deadlines to help healthcare providers care for and protect their patients and staff. This decision is important to hospitals because of the financial implications associated with the...


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CHC Launches Free Financial Dashboard To Monitor COVID-19 Funding And Costs

Community Hospital Corporation has launched a free downloadable financial dashboard for tracking and monitoring of COVID-related funding and costs.

The complimentary COVID-19 Financial Dashboard https://communityhospitalcorp.com/covid-19-financial-dashboard-landing/ , which CHC developed for its network of community hospitals, is an Excel file designed to help all community hospitals to manage cash flow and ensure that all COVID-related government funding opportunities are properly vetted and tracked in one place.

See the June 2020 coverage in Hospital & Healthcare...


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How to Gauge Your Hospital’s Financial Health

Some rural hospitals that were already struggling are now in serious financial trouble due to the coronavirus. The suspension of elective surgery and non-urgent care in most states led to an abrupt drop in patient volumes and hospital revenue. That loss, combined with the cost of preparing for COVID-19 protections for patients and employees, has forced rural hospitals into deeper distress. It’s especially important in these challenging circumstances to keep a close eye on key metrics that gauge a hospital’s financial health.

By monitoring indicators, creating transparency and responding swiftly...


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Coronavirus Pandemic Transforming the Future of Rural Healthcare

By Brian Doerr, Senior Vice President of Information Technology & Security and Privacy Officer, Community Hospital Corporation

The need to quarantine has been an important catalyst for telehealth and is reshaping how community hospitals deliver care. Once sparingly used in rural areas, telehealth is a primary means to maintain healthcare services at a time when it’s critical to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

In recent weeks, the spreading virus has spurred a growing number of rural and community hospitals to launch or expand telehealth services.

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