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Hospital Turnarounds Start with an Operational Assessment

Troubled community hospitals can begin to reboot by parlaying an evaluation of operational performance into an action plan. This path leads hospitals from survival mode to a strategic mindset so they can do more than just keep the doors open. A comprehensive operational assessment and accompanying action plan help improve overall operations including critical areas such as revenue cycle, supply chain, staffing and leadership.

Read more, as posted to Becker’s Hospital Review, April 24,...


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Outsourcing of emergency departments getting more complicated

North Texas Medical Center decided to switch the contracted physician group that staffed its emergency department in 2015, seeking better service and quality.

The rural hospital had long been outsourcing its ED operations primarily because it has struggled to recruit and retain doctors. It is one of an estimated 4,000 U.S. hospitals that outsource their EDs, many of which routinely shop around for better options

“It’s hard to recruit folks to rural areas. Having a provider group with a large panel gives us peace of mind that we will always...


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Walker County Hospital District and Community Hospital Corporation Sign Agreement

The Walker County Hospital District (WCHD) Board of Managers and Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) have created a new company that will own and operate Huntsville Memorial Hospital (HMH), Huntsville, Texas. The agreement was effective February 28, 2020.

Read the report in Becker’s Hospital Review, March 2,...


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Financially strapped Texas hospital gets new owner

Walker County Hospital Corp., which operates Huntsville (Texas) Memorial Hospital, created a new company with Community Hospital Corp. that will own and operate the financially struggling Huntsville Memorial, according to The Huntsville Item.

The new company, Huntsville Community Hospital, was made under an agreement that took effect Feb. 28. The new entity will control the 123-bed Huntsville Memorial, which serves a population of more than 72,000.

Read the full report in Becker’s Hospital Review, March 2,...


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Huntsville Memorial Hospital under new ownership

PLANO, Tex. (KBTX) – Huntsville Memorial Hospital is under new ownership.

In a release sent Friday, Community Hospital Corporation announced a partnership with the Walker County Hospital District to create a new company to oversee the hospital. The newly created company is called Huntsville Community Hospital, Inc. The new ownership takes effect Friday.

Read the full report by KBTX-TV3, Feb. 28, 2020.

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Community Hospital Corp. takes on bankrupt Texas hospital

The Walker County Hospital District and Community Hospital Corp. have formed a new entity that will own and operate the bankrupt Huntsville (Texas) Memorial Hospital, the organizations announced Friday.

Huntsville Memorial is a 123-bed not‐for‐profit community hospital that holds a Joint Commission Primary Stroke Center designation. It filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November after a series of failed investments and an inability to secure competitive pricing for supplies and managed-care contracts, executives said in bankruptcy filings.

Read the full report in Modern Healthcare, Feb. 28,...


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Press Releases

Walker County Hospital District and Community Hospital Corporation Sign Agreement

Plano, Texas – (February 28, 2020) – The Walker County Hospital District (WCHD) Board of Managers and Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) have created a new company, Huntsville Community Hospital Inc., that will own and operate Huntsville Memorial Hospital (HMH), Huntsville, Texas. The agreement is effective February 28, 2020.

“We will continue as Huntsville Memorial Hospital and we’re excited for our future,” said Walker County Hospital District Board Chair Anne Woodard. “Aligning with CHC is the best option for HMH. This move puts us on a path of renewal that allows...


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Debt Restructuring Creates Solid Footing: North Texas Medical Center, Gainesville, Texas

The Situation

Gainesville Hospital District saw light at the end of the tunnel—a new beginning for North Texas Medical Center (NTMC). The district had leveraged bankruptcy to get the legal protection and time it needed to develop a plan to restructure $40 million in debt, pay creditors, and keep the hospital open. The district secured debtor-in-possession financing and filed a bond validation to enhance the appeal of its bonds as investments. Gainesville Hospital District was on the right track to emerge from Chapter 9, but the district needed to...


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Community Hospital Corporation Announces 2019 Dan Wilford Award Winner: Jodi Harris, Southwest Health System Director of Rehab

Plano, Texas (August 1, 2019) – Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) is proud to announce Jodi Harris as winner of the 2019 Dan Wilford Award for Compassion and Community Service. Harris is Director of Rehab Services for Southwest Health System (SHS), Cortez, Colorado, a hospital managed by CHC. Nominated by SHS colleagues Meghan Higman, Education/Staff Development Director, and Travis Parker, Chief Human Resources Officer, Harris is described as “passionate about helping others and delivering evidence-based, patient-centered care.” Early on in her 18 years at SHS, patients needing physical therapy began requesting...


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Lessons for Leaders of Distressed Hospitals

A recent guest blog by Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) featured tips for successful turnaround by Anthony Sudduth, CEO of Southwest Health System.

Last year, Southwest Health System (SHS), in Cortez, Colorado, found itself in the midst of a significant financial crisis. The hospital had violated bond covenants associated with a $32 million building project, failing to meet the 80 days cash-on-hand requirement for four consecutive quarters. This violation triggered technical default, which could have led to bankruptcy and closure. Instead, SHS acted swiftly and decisively, becoming not a cautionary tale...


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