Hospitals Recognized for High Performance

Several Texas rural hospitals received national recognition recently for their outstanding achievement in operations, quality and patient satisfaction. Kimble Hospital in Junction and Collingsworth General Hospital in Wellington both were named among the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S., for overall performance and patient satisfaction, respectively. Wilbarger General and Seymour Hospital, both in Texoma, were the only two rural hospitals in Texas to be given high marks in three categories -- quality, outcomes and patient perspectives. Read more here and here about the recognition.

David Lee, CEO Otto Kaiser provides testimonial for THIE's HIPAA training

I just wanted to thank THIE for coming out to our facility for HIPAA training. Particularly in a rural community, patient privacy and HIPPA compliance can be hard to stay on top of, and we felt like our staff needed some training in addition to the required annual courses that we always complete. Randal and Angie came in to conduct the mandatory sessions, and they did a great job presenting the material in a way that our folks could enjoy, but also in a way that allowed the serious nature of it to come through as well. I sat through all six sessions, and I know that our staff was engaged because they asked lots of questions, and Randal and Angie answered each one. I even got questions in the days after the sessions, and Randal and Angie responded quickly to those inquiries as well. So we are certainly thankful to have a resource like THIE that we can call upon when our staff needs education in areas such as patient privacy and HIPAA, and I would highly recommend that other facilities use THIE’s expertise to help out with their own staff education needs.

THIE HIPAA presentation


THIE Adds Arbuckle, Oklahoma, Hospital Coverage

This fall, THIE was approved to expand its insurance services to write hospital coverage in Oklahoma. We are proud to welcome our first Oklahoma hospital to the THIE family. Arbuckle Memorial Hospital is a 25-bed facility located Sulphur, Oklahoma adjacent to the town of Davis. Arbuckle has been providing quality health care to Murray County residents and visitors since 1959. The hospital serves more than 12,000 patients a year.

Arbuckle Memorial Hospital


Wise Health System Promotes Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Wise Health System was one of numerous hospitals across Texas and Oklahoma hosting events during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Wise Health Foundation and Decatur Main Street teamed up to host Paint the Town Pink, benefitting the Mary’s Gift program and Women’s Services at the health system. Activities include raffles, bake sale and a variety of special promotions.

Wise health System


Parker County Hospital Adds School Health Services

Parker County Hospital District and its Campbell Clinic are looking to partner with Weatherford Independent School District on a new school-based health clinic for students and staff. The clinic will offer free healthcare to students and low-cost healthcare to school district employees. The estimated launch date is August 2018 in advance of the 2018 school year, pending public hearings and final approval. Read more about the initiative.

Parker County Hospital


Response from Bill Jones, CEO Jackson County

Jackson County Hospital was overwhelmed by the generosity of THIE employees in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. CEO Tess Frazier delivered a carload of school supplies donated by her staff to employees of our hospital. Not only did THIE cover our hospital in the storm, they took the time to care for our staff, as well. The better angels of our nature are alive and well in Texas today.

Stanton Hospital Donates Medical Equipment

The staff at Martin County Hospital in Stanton spent April 28 helping patients thousands of miles away. The hospital donated old medical equipment to be used in The Dominican Republic. Staff spent hours filling a storage container with the equipment.

Permian Regional Looking to Add Memory Care

Permian Regional Medical Center has announced plans to seek community support for bond funding to build a new memory care center. The facility will serve patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia in the Andrews community.

Vacant property between the hospital and nursing home already is primed with utilities for the project, which is expected to cost $7-9 million. Over the next few months, the hospital board will seek input from community members to determine if the community supports such a facility. A special bond election could be held in November. 

THIE Offers Staff Training at Eastland

THIE risk management staff Randal Wilkerson and Angie Merrell, RN, CPHRM, traveled to Eastland Memorial Hospital this spring to conduct in-service training for its staff. Approximately 40 staff attended the two-hour session, which focused on how and when to use incident reporting forms and their role in risk management. THIE offers in-service training as a complimentary value-added service to customers. Learn more about in-service training options.


“THIE provided a wonderful in-service training session for us. It was not only informative, but also customized specifically to the needs and challenges our hospital was facing. Randal Wilkerson and Angie Merrell are always a joy to work with,” said Gena McCormick, M.S.N., RN, chief nursing officer with Eastland Memorial Hospital. “Any time we have reached out to them, they have provided the expertise we were needing while at the same time treating us as if we were their most important clients.”

Monahans Hospital Fire Impacts ER

A fire at Ward Memorial Hospital in Monahans closed the emergency department there temporarily in February.

According to an update on the hospital’s Facebook page, a fire broke out in the radiology department at Ward Memorial Hospital in the early morning hours February 11. “The fire was contained to the immediate area and quickly extinguished by the Monahans Volunteer Fire Department,” the hospital reported. “Smoke and water damaged a portion of the ER and the radiology department suffered extensive damage.”

The emergency room has been relocated, and outpatient services, lab and X-ray departments were quickly back in service. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

The hospital is one of several THIE insured hospitals that recently were recognized by iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH) for overall excellence in outcomes reflecting top quartile performance among all rural acute care hospitals in the nation.

Dimmitt Hospital Plans Senior Facility

Construction is underway in Dimmitt for a new senior living facility affiliated with Dimmitt County Hospital District.

A new free-standing senior living facility is slated to open in late summer 2017, serving the residents of Castro County. The project will extend Dimmitt County Hospital District’s services to include 48 nursing home rooms and 12 assisted living units. Residents will enjoy dedicated dining areas, patios, an on-site exam room, chapel, market, wellness room, game room and more.

The facility is projected to cost approximately $10.5 million, funded through revenue bonds.

Palo Pinto General Hospital's Harris Brooks and Tina Montgomery receive awards.

CEO Harris Brooks received the 2016 Pinnacle Award and the 2016 Summit Award during the Healthcare Service Excellence Conference that was held in Long Beach California.
Tina Montgomery was honored as an Empowering Manager.  Read the  full article here.
Harris Brooks

Wilbarger expands services and employees

Over the last several months, Wilbarger General Hospital’s focus has been growth not only in the patients but in employees.
Claudia Eisenmann, CEO came with plans to expand what they had.
“It's an extremely exciting time for us and we're just thrilled to be able to kind of present this news to the member of our community,” said Eisenmann. Read the  full article here.

Wilbarger 2

Coryell Hospital Begins Expansion

Coryell Memorial Healthcare System hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in November to kick off construction for a major renovation and expansion project at Coryell Memorial Hospital in Gatesville.

The 117,000 sq. ft. project will add a new 25-bed hospital wing, 16-bed rehab wing, additional operating rooms and renovations in pharmacy, lab and office areas among other updates. The construction should be completed by mid - 2018. Read More.

coryell memorial

Permian Regional Completes Five-Phase Construction Project

The construction at Permian Regional Medical Center (PRMC) was a five-phase construction project with a functional completion date of August 2016. This $60 million, 175,000 square foot facility consists of 34 beds and is a full-service acute care hospital and medical clinic with a Physical Therapy department and fitness center.

Phase 1 occupies 76,000 square feet and consisted of the construction of the clinic at Andrews Family Medicine (AFM), Physical Therapy, BlackGold Health and Fitness, and an administration suite.

After the first phase was completed, we moved into the next phase, which was the demolition of the existing doctor’s clinic, PT department and old wellness center.

Phase 3 consisted of the construction of the new hospital facility, complete with all new equipment, furniture, gift shop and café with meeting area.

Phase 4 will be the demolition of the existing hospital.

The final phase of the project will consist of building a corridor that will connect phase 3 with Permian Residential Care Center (PRCC), an existing skilled nursing facility.

Color scheme for the facility was designed implementing the various colors of a sunrise native to the West Texas area. Cool colors of teal and slate compliment the warmer golds and tans through all phases of the facility.

A linear approach was used in the exterior and interior design and materials. Crisp, horizontal lines of the horizon are represented in the exterior siding and walls of entry sitting areas. Looking closely at the detail in the exterior stucco, you will notice a design resembling an aerial shot of oilfields found throughout the Permian Basin.

PRMC completed this project 200 days ahead of schedule and under projected budget.

Permian Ribbon cutting