In the recent public hearing held to facilitate comments from the community about Wilbarger County Hospital District’s proposed tax rate for tax year 2018, a number of individuals requested clarity about the necessity of the increase. Hospital leaders said the increase is directly linked to three key areas.
Due to a clerical error in the previously published Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase, Wilbarger General Hospital is rescheduling the two public hearings on the proposal to increase the 2018 property tax rate for the Wilbarger County Hospital District.
Our Wilbarger General Medical Group Provider Spotlight for August shines on Family Nurse Practitioner Veronika Harris, MSN,RN,FNP-C. Veronika joined the WG Medical Group in June of 2017. Her office is located in the Doctors Clinic, 4301 College Drive. The office phone number is 940-552-1170.
A special meeting of the Wilbarger General Hospital Board of Directors was held Tuesday, Aug. 14, and at that time directors voted to increase the 2018 property tax rate to $0.270000 per $100 valuation.
Wilbarger General Hospital will soon begin a search for a new chief executive officer after Claudia A. Eisenmann tendered her resignation Monday morning. “I have enjoyed every minute of working with every member of the team at Wilbarger General and I truly value the way in which we worked together to elevate the standard of care, service, and operating performance of our organization,” Eisenmann said in a statement released Monday afternoon.
The annual Health Fair sponsored by Wilbarger General Hospital and the Wilbarger County Health Coalition will be held Thursday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Empire Room of the Wilbarger Auditorium.
At one time or another, everyone has suffered some sort of physical pain. However, there are some who suffer from constant pain. In other words – pain is normal, living in pain is not. For those individuals who live in pain, understanding their pain could be extremely beneficial and that is why Wilbarger General Hospital will be hosting a Pain Science Education Group in June.
The Wilbarger General Medical Group will be gaining a new family practice physician next month, as Dr. Kida Thompson will join the group and begin seeing patients on Monday, June 4. Her office will be located in Suite 200 of the Doctors Clinic, and residents can already make appointments by calling 940-553-2892.
In an effort to increase the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables among Vernon’s most vulnerable residents, Wilbarger General Hospital, in partnership with the Vernon Farmers Market Association, will be launching a Fruit & Vegetable Prescription Program, a novel approach designed to help those at-risk for lifestyle related illnesses to take more control over their health.
Starting later this month, Wilbarger General Hospital and the Wilbarger County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be presenting a new program “Health Talk Express – Walk-N-Talk” which will be held at the hospital Walking Trail.
In an effort to bring all of the Wilbarger General Medical Group healthcare providers closer together in the Doctors Clinic, the Walk-In clinic and Veronika Harris’ family practice clinic are moving from their current locations to the west end of the building.
Over 100 guests enjoyed dinner and dancing at the first ever “Art of Caring Gala” a fundraising event held by the Wilbarger General Hospital Foundation that brought in over $20,000 for the foundation. The gala was held Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Empire Room of the Wilbarger Auditorium.
Each year two organizations, The Chartis Center for Rural Health/iVantage Health Analytics and the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health, join to recognize top rural hospitals across the nation in a number of key categories. For 2017 Wilbarger General Hospital has been recognized for excellence in the categories of Quality, Outcomes and Patient Perspective (Satisfaction).
There comes a point when every business or company that has been in operation for over 40 years has to take a look at its infrastructure and see what changes may, or may not, need to be made for it to remain viable in the future. That point is now for the administration and board of directors of the Wilbarger General Hospital.
In an ongoing effort to upgrade its medical equipment, Wilbarger General Hospital recently purchased and installed new high-definition digital endoscopy equipment in its surgery department. The equipment has the latest digital technology and WGH is the first hospital in the country to have this system from Fujinon.
Despite some state employees and others receiving letters to the contrary, Wilbarger General Hospital and the Wilbarger General Medical Group have signed a contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBSTX) to serve members of the state’s HealthSelect plan, WGH Chief Executive Officer Claudia Eisenmann has announced. The state’s HealthSelect Plan provides insurance for employees, retirees and dependents of state agencies and some higher education institutions.
Wherever there is sickness or disease there is going to be germs, and wherever there are germs there is going to be the potential to spread those germs. That is why hospitals and physician offices work so hard to make sure their environment is as clean and sterile as possible. While Wilbarger General Hospital’s infection rate is well below the national average, a new program will be implemented in September in an effort to promote patient safety and help eliminate those hospital acquired infections.
In an effort to provide health care services when residents of Wilbarger, Foard, Hardeman and Tillman counties, and the surrounding area, are in need of after-hour care, the Wilbarger General Hospital Walk-In Clinic is expanding its hours.
The Wilbarger General Medical Group has expanded, as family nurse practitioner Veronika Harris has joined the group and has opened a family practice.
With an eye toward improving patient safety and comfort, Wilbarger General Hospital recently purchased 14 new beds for inpatient rooms on the 3rd Floor, along with five new stretchers for the Emergency Room and three new stretchers for the Surgery Department.
Wilbarger General Hospital’s plan to be the health care hub for residents of Vernon and the surrounding area has multiple phases. While the phase to bring more physicians and nurse practitioners to Vernon will soon be complete, the phase to make primary care and disease prevention easily accessible to residents continues.
There will be a safety check for child car seats at Wilbarger General Hospital on Thursday, April 27.
Wilbarger General Hospital has implemented a new medication dispensing system that is the first of its kind to be implemented in Texas. The new system is the Omnicell XT Automated Dose Dispensing Cabinet, which is more efficient, safe and flexible than its predecessor.
With its eye on improving the health care service residents of Wilbarger, Foard and Hardeman counties receive when they walk through the door, Wilbarger General Hospital has made a change in its Emergency Room. After years of using the company EmCare to provide physicians for the ER, Wilbarger General has made the decision to partner with Texas-based Concord Medical Group.
Wilbarger General Hospital is partnering with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service on a four-part health education program entitled Eat Smart, Live Strong.
Wilbarger General Hospital CEO Claudia Eisenmann recently went on the This, That & the Other, program on Vernon's local radio station, KVWC, and talked about the progress the hospital has made as well as future plans.
To celebrate the addition of three new health care providers to the Wilbarger General Medical Group, Wilbarger General Hospital will have a come-and-go Open House on Thursday. The Open House will give residents an opportunity to welcome general surgeon Dr. John Lang and Family Nurse Practitioner Kimberly Babb to the community, as well as welcome Dr. Travis Lehman back to his hometown.
The Wilbarger General Medical Group is expanding and one of the newest members to join the group’s medical staff is general surgeon Dr. John Lang. Certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Lang specializes in colon and rectal surgery, specifically endoscopy, laparoscopic surgery and management of inflammatory bowel disease.
Family Nurse Practitioner Kimberly Babb is one of the newest additions to the Wilbarger General Medical Group. After earning her LVN and RN licenses, Kimberly continued her education at the University of Texas in Arlington. She received her bachelor of science degree in nursing, and then went on to earn her MSN Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Walden University.
Dr. Travis Lehman, Board Certified in Internal Medicine and a Vernon native, is returning to his hometown to become Wilbarger General Hospital’s Medical Director and to also see patients in his internal medicine practice.
Beginning on Feb. 1, the Wilbarger General Hospital Radiology Department will begin offering Low Dose CT Lung Cancer Screening. This preventative screening measure is to lung cancer what a mammogram is to breast cancer when it comes to detecting cancer at its earliest stages.
When Claudia Eisenmann joined Wilbarger General Hospital as Chief Executive Officer, she said it was immediately obvious the region needed more health care professionals to serve the population. That is why she established as her first priority the recruitment of new physicians and mid-level practitioners. The first physician to join the newly formed Wilbarger General Medical Group was Dr. Sesan Olutu, a Board Certified Family Practice Physician, who began his practice in Vernon in July of 2016. Since then, Eisenmann has announced the addition of two more board certified physicians and one nurse practitioner who will be joining the medical group.
Eighteen months ago Claudia Eisenmann was introduced as the new CEO of Wilbarger General Hospital. Her tenacious and upbeat, never-quit attitude, was the injection that Vernon needed. These achievements which brought the hospital back from the edge of bankruptcy to again becoming a vital part of the community earned Eisenmann a nomination as a Game Changer for 2016.
There are several diseases that can attack the body for months before it gets to a point where the disease is finally noticed, and one of those silent attackers is diabetes. With November being National Diabetes Month, this is a perfect time to increase awareness of the disease as well as provide information to those who have diabetes on how to manage the disease and live longer, healthier lives with the disease.
Despite partly cloudy skies and a forecast of rain, 56 golfers hit the course at the Hill Crest Country Club Saturday morning for the 1st Annual Wilbarger General Hospital Foundation Charting the Course Golf Tournament and battled it out in a close race with only eight strokes separating first and last place.
During the first week of September, Wilbarger General Hospital welcomed Dr. Sesan Olotu to the Wilbarger General Medical Group and since that time the family practice physician has been busy accepting new patients of all ages.
Wilbarger General Hospital is excited to announce that the facility is preparing to launch another new service to benefit the community and the local medical staff. The service is called a Hospitalist Program and is quickly becoming the standard for inpatient hospital care throughout the United States.
All outside entrances into WGH, except for the front door and the ER entrance, are now locked for security purposes. This includes the north entrances by the Rehab and Lab Departments. Anyone coming into the hospital must enter through the front doors or the ER entrance.