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When it Comes to Local Economies, Community Hospitals Prove to Be the Little Engines that Could


What makes a hospital a community hospital? Several criteria qualify a hospital as such, including the economic role it plays in the region it serves. As CHC’s Executive Vice President Cindy Matthews puts it, a community hospital “very much tends to be part of the economic engine of the community."


In fact, community hospitals tend to be the second or third largest employer in town, usually right behind the school district, she adds.


Lately, industry publications as well as the mainstream press have been acknowledging the vital role community hospitals play. Becker’s Hospital Review states that its importance “should not be understated — sometimes a community hospital will be the only thing keeping a town that used to thrive on railroad traffic and manufacturing going.”


Read more about the “economic boost” and other factors that make a hospital a community hospital in the Becker’s article “The modern definition of a community hospital.”


Read how community hospitals not only provide “an array of jobs from the bottom to the top of the economic ladder” but also “stimulate local spending and help attract new businesses that offer a stable of insured patients” in the New York Times article “Hospitals Provide a Pulse in Struggling Rural Towns.”


From healthcare access to employment, read how community hospitals contribute to their regions in the Southern Business Journal article “Hospitals helping bring money into the local economy.”


At CHC, we believe that community hospitals are indeed the economic engines of their region, and like any engine, they can sometimes use a tune-up. Learn more about how CHC’s services and solutions can help maximize your hospital’s performance.



Tags: Hospital Performance Improvement, Independence, Strategic Direction
Your Hospital's Challenges Can Make it Stronger

They say challenge is just another word for opportunity. That’s certainly how CHC views the challenges faced by many community hospitals today. When hospitals enlist CHC’s assistance, “We go in and look at opportunities they can focus on to become more successful,” says President and CEO Mike Williams in a new video describing the company’s operational assessment process. 


An operational assessment evaluates strengths and opportunities for improvement in five areas:




Revenue cycle

Supply chain management

Information technology


Based on the assessment as well as input from hospital leaders and board members, an action plan is set in motion and a brighter future comes into focus. This brief video provides more information and a success story.


Tags: Operational Assessment , Operational Improvement, Strategic Direction
CHC Featured In the News

News that CHC CEO Mike Williams received the THA Collier award was published in several local and national trade and business publications. We're grateful for the coverage.


Texas Hospital Association: Williams Receives THA’s 2014 Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration. Read full article.


Becker's Hospital Review January 23, 2015: Community Hospital Corporation CEO receives Texas Hospital Association award. Read full article.


Dallas-Fort Worth D Healthcare Daily (D Magazine) January 26, 2015: Texas Hospital Association Announces Winner Of Its Highest Honor. Read full article.


UAB School of Health Professions: MSHA alumnus Williams receives THA highest honor. Read full article.


You Tube: View Mike Williams video.


Mike Williams Receives Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration

CHC is pleased to announce that President and CEO Mike Williams is the 2014 recipient of the Texas Hospital Association’s highest honor, the Earl M. Collier Award for Distinguished Health Care Administration.


The award recognizes distinguished executives’ contributions to, and leadership in, the healthcare industry, as well as their active participation in THA and other industry groups. Williams’ colleagues and clients express how fully he qualifies for the award in the short video you’re about to see.



THA’s bestowal of this award upon Williams indicates how highly he is respected outside the organization, says CHC board chairman Ken Gordon. Williams is a frequent national speaker on the preservation of community hospitals, drawing from his experience growing CHC from a one-employee operation in 1997 to an industry leader with a corporate staff of 60 and hospital clients in 25 states.


All told, Williams has 30 years of experience in executive management.

Tags: Hospital Management, Operational Improvement, Partnership, Strategic Direction
Yoakum Community Hospital Named to Becker's Hospital Review’s 100 Great Community Hospitals for 2013

Yoakum Community Hospital, Yoakum, Texas, was among the “100 Great Community Hospitals” for 2013 named recently by Becker's Hospital Review. This list recognizes community hospitals dedicated to high-quality care and service to the community.


“At Yoakum Community Hospital, patients are our top priority,” said Karen Barber, CEO, Yoakum Community Hospital. “We focus every day on serving neighbors in Yoakum and the surrounding area, as we have for over 90 years. I congratulate our leadership, physicians and entire staff for working together to serve the community.”


Read the national article.

Read the local press.

Tags: Hospital Management, Independence

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