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Treating the Whole Person: Mental Health Integration

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By Jennifer Franklin, Chief Clinical Officer, Yoakum Community Hospital

Like many hospitals, Yoakum Community Hospital sees an uptick in patients receiving geropsychiatric services in winter. The holiday season is, therefore, a good time to talk about the mental health needs of this population. With the New Year approaching, it’s also a good time for hospitals to resolve to better address those needs, not just during the holidays but all throughout the year. Yoakum—a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital in rural South Central Texas—accomplishes this through integrated care, which...


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Swimming Upstream: Meeting the Challenges of Social Determinants of Health

A recent blog post by Community Hospital Corporation details the nonclinical aspects that are a part of health outcomes and the scientific research supporting those aspects.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on Community Hospital Corporation’s website.

It’s been said that patients’ ZIP codes matter more than their genetic codes when it comes to health status. That’s because certain conditions in the places where people live, work, learn and play can pose greater health risks and poorer outcomes. In public health terms, these conditions are called social determinants of health...


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Community Hospital Corporation Named 2019 Top Workplace

PLANO, TX – (November 20, 2019) – Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) has been named a 2019 Top Workplace, National Standard winner, by The Dallas Morning News. The national standard winners announced recently were selected based on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey conducted by Energage, an employee engagement firm located in Exton, Pa. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution and connection.

“We so proud of CHC’s culture,” said Jim Kendrick, CHC President and CEO. “Our talented employees make a difference every day by...


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Social Determinants of Health

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Swimming Upstream: Meeting the Challenges of Social Determinants of Health

It’s been said that patients’ ZIP codes matter more than their genetic codes when it comes to health status. That’s because certain conditions in the places where people live, work, learn and play can pose greater health risks and poorer outcomes. In public health terms, these conditions are called social determinants of health or, sometimes, upstream determinants of health. Basically, the concept is that nonclinical factors influence health outcomes.

Scientific research has proven the concept holds. The Annals of Internal Medicine in 2014 examined rehospitalizations based on patients’ place of...


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Community Hospital Corporation Builds Executive Teams

Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) has announced new executives and promotions at the hospital and corporate level.

Jim Kendrick, CHC President and CEO, said, “We are excited about new talent and rewarding staff who are dedicated to improving and sustaining the community hospitals we serve across the country.”

ContinueCARE Hospital CEOs
Wayne Boutwell became CEO of ContinueCARE Hospital at Palmetto Health Baptist, Columbia, S.C., in June 2019. He has served in healthcare operations for 22 years starting in facilities management and rising to COO of a 460-bed main campus. Most...


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Press Releases

Community Hospital Corporation Builds Executive Teams

PLANO, TX – (November 6, 2019) – Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) has announced new executives and promotions at the hospital and corporate level.

Jim Kendrick, CHC President and CEO, said, “We are excited about new talent and rewarding staff who are dedicated to improving and sustaining the community hospitals we serve across the country.”

ContinueCARE Hospital CEOs
Wayne Boutwell became CEO of ContinueCARE Hospital at Palmetto Health Baptist, Columbia, S.C., in June 2019. He has served in healthcare operations for 22 years starting in facilities management and rising to...


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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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