Huntsville Memorial Stresses Commitment to Walker County Residents
Local healthcare provider touts successes despite the challenging industry
and the closure of other rural hospitals.
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (July 12, 2017) – Much has been said regarding
the state of local healthcare in recent weeks. Speculation over the future
of Huntsville Memorial Hospital (HMH) has had many in the community wondering
whether the closure of the local hospital could become a reality. According
to hospital officials, the answer is a definite “no.”
Over the past decade, HMH has overseen a dramatic improvement in healthcare
services for Walker County residents, despite a challenging and ever-changing
“That continuity of care says a lot about our focus and commitment
to providing what’s best for our community,” speaking on behalf
of the hospital board, Mac Woodward, HMH Board Chairman explains. “Being
able to support approximately 90 percent of our community’s healthcare
needs is something special, especially for a rural hospital such as ours.”
Woodward is quick to underscore the importance of the services offered
by the hospital. He explains that since 2013, 15 Texas rural hospitals
in counties with populations of 60,000 or more have closed.
“As of right now, almost 30 percent of the counties in our state
already lack access to local healthcare,” Woodward says. “We’ve
seen that take place regionally with the closure of Timberlands Healthcare
in Crockett. We refuse to see that happen to Huntsville.”
In a challenging healthcare industry, the hospital has persevered, despite
lowered funding by local, state, and federal governments.
Woodward says that HMH’s board of directors is confident that the
current administration will continue to help the hospital navigate a dynamic
and ever-changing industry with the same success it has seen over the
past five years.
The hospital’s financial stability is not a concern for Woodward.
He says that net revenue is trending slightly higher than in the previous
year and that operating expenses are holding steady, according to projections.
Additionally, Woodward stresses a working-capital increase of more than
$4 million this fiscal year over last, of which continues to be reinvested
into the hospital.
The average daily census at HMH has increased more than 300 percent since
the current executive team came on board. In addition, 13 new providers
have been recruited to the region, bringing much-needed profitable service
lines and providers to Walker County.
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