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Community Hospital Consulting Drives Telecom Savings for Rural and Community Hospitals

Plano, TX (August 21, 2018) – Not a day goes by that community hospitals don’t look for ways to reduce costs or identify savings. Yet there’s good news from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) which recently increased its annual funding cap—from $400 million to $581 million*—for a program that helps support telecommunications services for rural and community hospitals.

“Doing more with less while seeking savings opportunities or support funding is the norm for community hospitals,” said Jim Kendrick, president and CEO of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) of Plano, Texas. “It’s not...


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St. Mark’s Medical Center Welcomes Orthopedic Surgeon Richie Edeen, MD to Medical Staff

La Grange, TX, (August 15, 2018) St. Mark’s Medical Center is pleased to welcome Richie Edeen, MD, to its medical staff. A skilled orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Edeen joins orthopedist Dr. Russell Clark, MD in practice, and begins seeing patients Sept. 5, in the La Grange Medical Office Building clinic.

Dr. Edeen completed his medical school and Orthopedic training at the University of Texas Health Science Center-San Antonio, prior to recently finishing an arthroscopic surgery and advanced sports medicine fellowship at The Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center in Cincinnati, Ohio....


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John Yeary Named Freestone Medical Center CEO

Plano, Texas – August 2, 2018 – Community Hospital Consulting and the Fairfield Hospital District Board of Directors have named John Yeary as CEO of Freestone Medical Center, Fairfield, Texas. He assumed this role on August 1, 2018 after serving as Interim CEO since March. Freestone Medical Center is a 37-bed community hospital located in Fairfield, Texas.

“We are excited to have John fully on board to lead Freestone Medical Center and continue the hospital’s mission to serve area residents with quality healthcare for years to come,” said Craig Sims,...


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Community Hospital Consulting Announces Management Agreement with Southwest Health System, Cortez, Colo.

Plano, Texas – June 28, 2018 – Community Hospital Consulting, the management and consulting arm of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC), is pleased to announce a new, five-year management agreement with Southwest Health System of Cortez, Colo. Management services by CHC Consulting will begin on July 1, 2018.

On June 27, 2018, the health system Board of Directors voted unanimously in favor of the new relationship, according to Paul Deshayes, Chairman, Southwest Health System Board of Directors.

CHC Senior Vice President Craig Sims shared, “We are excited to bring CHC’s expertise...


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Community Hospital Consulting Announces New North Texas Medical Center CEO Tom Sledge

Plano, Texas – June 27, 2018 – Community Hospital Consulting and the Gainesville Hospital District Board of Directors have announced Tom Sledge as the new Chief Executive Officer for North Texas Medical Center (NTMC), Gainesville, Texas, effective July 9, 2018. Board members unanimously agreed to hire Sledge during a recent special-called meeting. CHC Consulting, the management and consulting arm of Community Hospital Corporation, began a five-year management contract with NTMC on May 1, 2018.

CHC President and CEO Jim Kendrick shared, “We are excited to have Tom on board to...


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Community Hospital Corporation Announces 2018 Dan Wilford Award Winner: Mary Lou Young

Plano, Texas (June 15, 2018) – Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) is proud to announce Mary Lou Young as winner of the 2018 Dan Wilford Award for Compassion and Community Service. Young serves as chief nursing officer for ContinueCARE Hospital at Baptist Health Paducah, Paducah, Ky., a CHC hospital. She was nominated by the ContinueCARE-Paducah administrative team.

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.

“It is my pleasure to recognize Mary Lou with...


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Community Hospital Corporation Named Top Place to Work by Becker’s Healthcare

CHC recognized for 3rd time, employees value wellness program

Plano, TX (May 17, 2018) – For the third time, Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) has been named among the 150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare by Becker’s Healthcare.

CHC values its culture, founded on respect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_U1TKAMxlwE

“CHC is honored to be recognized as part of Becker’s prestigious 2018 list,” said CHC President and CEO Jim Kendrick. “Our values—Respect, Integrity, Stewardship, Excellence—define what we stand for and ‘Excellence’ drives everything we do. We surround ourselves with employees that exhibit excellence which makes...


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St. Mark’s Medical Center Earns “A” Rating for Patient Safety

La Grange, Texas – (May 8, 2018) – St. Mark’s Medical Center has earned an “A” rating on the recently released Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report, a voluntary survey evaluating 2,500 acute-care hospitals nationwide on their patient safety performance.

Read more about Leapfrog and St. Mark’s report.

Nationwide, only 30 percent of the hospitals graded earned the coveted “A” rating. St. Mark’s is the only hospital within 50 miles to achieve this prestigious honor. Top rated hospitals have better systems in place to prevent medication errors and lower infection rates, among...


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North Texas Medical Center Begins Relationship with CHC Consulting, Management Team Announced

Plano, Texas – May 1, 2018 – Today, North Texas Medical Center begins a new relationship as Community Hospital Consulting, the management and consulting arm of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC), assumes operations of the hospital.

With specialization in the management and operation of smaller, community hospitals across the country, CHC Consulting brings in a management team including Joe Thomason, Interim CEO, Rodger Bowen, Interim CFO, and Becky Small, Interim CNO (brief bios follow). Outgoing NTMC CEO Chris Zeringue and CNO Angela Yancey decided to return to UHS/Texoma Medical Center. Yancey...


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St. Mark’s Medical Center’s Orthopedic Care Focus

La Grange, Texas – (April 25, 2018) – In an effort to meet the community’s need for quality orthopedic care, St. Mark’s Medical Center is proud to offer technologically advanced Orthopedic Services that extend from the La Grange, Texas hospital campus to Bastrop and Giddings locations.

“We are pleased to provide a full range of general orthopedic and sports medicine services for patients of all ages,” said Russell Clark, M.D., who is board-certified in Orthopedic Surgery and has specialized training and clinical skill in caring for shoulders, knees, hips and...


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