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How Unit Practice Councils Benefit the Hospital and Clinical Staff

Smaller hospitals may use overall nursing councils, but unit-based shared governance councils are a newer concept. Also known as unit practice councils, or UPCs, these formal groups representing each nursing unit are designed to involve frontline clinical staff in decision making. UPCs uphold the belief that no one understands staff and patient-care challenges better than the staff members themselves; hence, no one is better positioned to offer solutions.

At the organizational level, the benefits of UPCs include:

Increased employee engagement and satisfaction Improved patient care and satisfaction Increased efficiency through...

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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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Hospital Districts Provide Critical Financial Support for Community Hospitals

Stemming the closure rate of rural hospitals may depend in part on the financial support provided by hospital tax districts.

Read the coverage as reported in Becker’s Hospital Review, Sept. 19,...


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Hospital Districts Provide Critical Financial Support for Community Hospitals

Stemming the closure rate of rural hospitals may depend in part on the financial support provided by hospital tax districts. This can be difficult to swallow for many who are reflexively against higher taxes. However, voters may come around when the case is made that a modest property- or sales-tax levy or hike could provide the necessary financial support to keep their hospital open and sustainable for their community.

Hospital Tax Districts Fill a Funding Gap

Tax districts help ensure the survival of hospitals that may be at risk of...


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CHC’s Tony Ybarra to retire

Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) announced that Tony Ybarra will retire from his current role as SVP of CHC Supply Trust, the supply chain services arm of Community Hospital Corporation, and CHC Consulting, on October 31, 2019. Upon Ybarra’s departure, Jon Pruitt, current CHC VP of Supply Chain, will become SVP of CHC Supply Trust. To aid in the transition, Pruitt assumes immediate oversight of departmental operations.

As published in The Journal of Healthcare Contracting’s dail-e news, August 14,...


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CHC’s Tony Ybarra steps away from the helm

After leading the Supply Chain division of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) for more than 12 years, CHC announced August 9, 2019, the retirement of Tony Ybarra. Ybarra will continue in his current role as Senior Vice President of CHC Supply Trust, the supply chain services arm of Community Hospital Corporation and CHC Consulting, until his retirement date of October 31, 2019.

Read the full coverage in Healthcare Purchasing News, August 13,...


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SVP at Community Hospital Corporation Retires After 12 Years

Tony Ybarra, the leader of the Supply Chain division of Community Hospital Corporation, has retired after 12 years in his position. Ybarra will remain in his role as Senior Vice President of CHC Supply Trust until he officially retires on October 31. Jon Pruitt, the current CHC Vice President of Supply Chain, will become Senior Vice President of CHC Supply Trust following Ybarra’s retirement.

Read the full coverage in D CEO Healthcare, August 12, 2019. 

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Strategic Marketing for Rural Hospitals

In today’s competitive healthcare market, rural and community hospitals are making do with less. Marketing resources are no exception. It’s not uncommon for smaller hospitals to lack a formal marketing communications function yet still engage in conventional and creative marketing activities. At other hospitals, marketing is one of multiple hats worn by a single person. Case in point: The public relations coordinator who handles marketing for Yoakum Community Hospital—a 23-bed critical access hospital in Yoakum, Texas—also serves as executive assistant and medical staff coordinator, for a total of three formal...


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Community Hospital Corporation Announces Tony Ybarra Retirement

After leading the Supply Chain division of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) for more than 12 years, CHC announced August 9, 2019, the retirement of Tony Ybarra.

Ybarra will continue in his current role as Senior Vice President of CHC Supply Trust, the supply chain services arm of Community Hospital Corporation and CHC Consulting, until his retirement date of October 31, 2019.

Read the full coverage in Becker’s Hospital Review, August 12, 2019. 

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Community Hospital Corporation Announces Tony Ybarra Retirement

PLANO, TX (August 9, 2019) – After leading the Supply Chain division of Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) for more than 12 years, CHC announced August 9, 2019, the retirement of Tony Ybarra. Ybarra will continue in his current role as Senior Vice President of CHC Supply Trust, the supply chain services arm of Community Hospital Corporation and CHC Consulting, until his retirement date of October 31, 2019.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Tony in support of CHC’s mission, in particular, helping hospitals achieve supply chain savings and improvements,” said...


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