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LTACH Model of Success

Moving Long Term Acute Care Hospitals Forward


In today’s environment, long-term acute care hospitals, or LTACHs, offer an effective operational model that provides quality care while reducing the cost of lengthy hospital stays in acute care environments.


Implementing Community Hospital Corporation's strategy for LTACH success, CHC and Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Tyler, Texas, created a joint venture known as Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital. The hospital-within-a-hospital model allows the host hospital to manage patient length-of-stay; opens ICU beds sooner; offers transition to the appropriate care setting; and provides the host hospital potential distributions of excess cash flow generated by the LTACH.


Read the case study for more.


Learn more about developing a long-term acute care strategy in this Becker’s Hospital Review Executive Brief, “9 Considerations for Developing a Long-Term Acute-Care Hospital.” 


Tags: LTACH, Strategic Direction
Cindy Matthews: trustees as health advocates for "Community Health and Relations"

Cindy Matthews shares perspective on how governing board members can help improve "Community Health and Relations" in this Trustee Online education module available through Texas Healthcare Trustees.


Preview this module and learn more about THT distance learning programs.


Tags: Hospital Board Advisory
Electronic health records improve documentation, increase revenue

Information technology plays a critical role in a hospital’s success. Not only can IT improvements juice up a hospital’s operational and financial performance, but they can also enhance patient experiences and improve clinical outcomes. That’s why CHC helps facilities like Yoakum Community Hospital leverage Healthcare Management Systems (HMS) solutions, including the HMS emergency department information system (EDIS).


Robert Foret, CFO at Yoakum Community Hospital, hails the new system as “a quantum leap forward from the paper record system” it replaced. The leadership team at their critical access hospital in Yoakum, Texas, has embraced several IT improvements, starting with its transition to electronic documentation. The HMS EDIS was a logical first step since the emergency department is the starting point for most of the hospital’s admissions.


Some results: 

  • High rate of clinician adoption due to user-friendly interface 
  • Better clinical documentation and improved, automatic cost capturing 
  • Significant revenue improvements in six months 
  • Patient information accessible to clinicians from any location

Read the case study.


Read more on CHC’s IT evaluation process and IT operational support for improving both clinical and financial systems.

CHC in the Spotlight