The PPE Shortage—Mending a Crippled Supply Chain

    While some states are lifting stay-at-home orders as new cases of COVID-19 level off, many rural areas are seeing an uptick in cases and may be weeks away from peaking. Therefore, rural hospitals are bracing for the same shortages that have already plagued bigger cities, including a dangerous dearth of ICU beds, staff, respirators, COVID-19 tests and—perhaps most widely reported in the media—life-saving personal protective equipment (PPE) including surgical gowns and heavier-duty N95 respirator masks.

    Before the COVID-19 outbreak, most rural hospitals had ample supplies of PPE acquired through group...

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    Press Releases

    Walker County Hospital District and Community Hospital Corporation Sign Agreement

    Plano, Texas – (March 3, 2020) – 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.

    “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 us to advance on...

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    The Value of Supply Chain Analytics

    Jon Pruitt, SVP of CHC Supply Chain discusses the value of Valify’s Healthcare Purchased Services Analytics for helping drive supply chain cost savings.

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    Case Studies

    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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    Supply Chain Savings for Larger Community Hospitals

    Serving hospitals of all sizes, CHC Supply Trust understands that larger hospitals and health systems, despite their purchasing power, face unique supply-chain challenges and concerns. Chief among those concerns is finding a GPO that’s as trustworthy and attentive as it is effective at delivering the best products and services at the best value. Bringing experience and expertise to larger hospitals from Texas on up to Minnesota, and from Georgia west to Oregon, CHC Supply Trust is the right strategic partner for these complex organizations, leveraging their size and spend to...

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    News Room

    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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    White Paper


    Community Hospital 2.0

    For years, community hospitals have been in crisis, with limited control over their situation. Could the next move be bold innovation? This white paper maps out possible paths forward including sustainable models of operation.