Texoma hospitals win national awards in patient care

WILBARGER COUNTY AND BAYLOR COUNTY - Two Texoma hospitals have a lot to be proud of after being recognized for their exceptional care.

Wilbarger General and Seymour Hospital were the only two rural hospitals in the Texas to be given high marks in three categories.

Quality, outcomes and patient perspectives.

Three categories that two nationally recognized groups, use to rank rural hospitals in the US. 

"It determines basically the strength and a lot of times the sustainability in rural hospitals across the country," Claudia Eisenmann, Wilbarger General Ceo, said. 

Eisenmann said it's even more of an honor, since just 3 years ago they were at risk of closing their doors.

"In 2015, our score was a 24.8, so we had a long way to go," Eisenmann said. "Our recent score is actually up to 96. So we have made great strides in that period of time."

She said that progress has been made thanks to the hard work of the hospital's leaders and staff members like Kim Pierson. 

"I came in after Claudia. I've been here coming up on 2 years," said Pierson, Chief Nursing Officer at Wilbarger General. "So, you know, I jumped into the mix when things were already starting to roll but you know, a lot of the folks here have not worked other places. So, trying to create a vision so that people could see what things could be and not just how they have always been, was probably one of the biggest challenges."

Both Wilbarger General and Seymour Hospital believe in serving their communities as best as they can which is one reason Seymour Hospital is undergoing some major construction.

"We've been in this building for over 50 years and when you think about it, this our home," Leslie Hardin, Ceo Administrator of Seymour Hospital, said. "This is home for a lot of our patients and you re-do your home when you see your house needs to be repainted or taken care of you do that and that's kind of the approach that we've taken."

Even though Hardin said the facility needed the makeover, she said they've had to do all the work while also staying on budget.

"For rural hospitals, the area of costs is such a big thing with so many rural hospitals closing," Hardin said. "We have to be able to deliver care, be sustainable with what we spend to deliver the care."

Both Hardin and Eisenmann said while being recognized at the national level is a true honor, they say those kind of accolades only push them and their teams to do more for the rural areas they serve.

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