Following a successful open house for the Timberlands Hospital in Crockett in November 2016, things continue to look up for the hospital as services are being added, more patients are visiting the hospital for care and improvements continue to be made.
“Timberlands Healthcare took over the hospital’s management in April 2016 and took ownership in October 2016, and since then we’ve seen things start to turn around and grow,” said Robert Torres, interim administrator at Timberlands Healthcare. “From April 2016 to November 2016, we saw the ER grow in visits by about 17 percent. We have seen our surgeries grow about 19 percent, and we have seen our lab volumes grow as well. In addition, our rural healthcare clinic’s visits have grown by 164 percent.”
Torres added that Timberlands Healthcare has also added additional providers and services to the hospital’s roster, including a urologist, cardiologist, orthopedic surgeon, OB/GYN and mid-level family medicine physician.
“We have focused on delivering personalized professional quality healthcare,” Torres said. “Our goal is to treat people as individuals and make sure we take care of them in a personalized manner and give them the best care we can provide. Basically, we treat them the way we want to be treated. We will continue to focus on that.”
Part of the Timberlands Healthcare plan is to not only improve the quality of care and services provided, but to also become an active partner of the community in Crockett.
“We have joined the local Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, and we have done presentations at the Lions Club and Rotary Club,” Torres said. “We continue to seek opportunities to expand from our centralized hospital clinic environment.”
Torres added that in April 2017, the Crockett Clinic will officially be joining Timberlands Healthcare. That clinic currently houses three family medicine physicians.
“Our goal is to continue to increase our visibility within the Crockett community,” Torres said. “Both Timberlands Healthcare and Little River Healthcare feel like this location has great possibilities, and we will continue to bring in some additional specialists here as we continue to try to expand the services we’re providing.”
Torres said ultimately, the organization’s goal is to bring in the specialists the community needs so they don’t have to travel out of Houston County to receive medical services.
“We’re working diligently to try to accomplish that,” Torres said. “The Houston County Hospital District board has been fantastic to work with. We have a common goal of improving the healthcare provided to this east Texas community.”
The open house at Timberlands Hospital kicked off with a press conference, and included a ribbon cutting, sign unveiling and meet the doctors booth. More than 350 members of the local community attended that event.
To learn more about Timberlands Healthcare, visit www.timberlandshealth.com.