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Rocksprings, TX (01/19/2021)

 

Soon the community of Rocksprings will have local access to health care once again.  Junction Medical Clinic will be opening an extension site on Tuesday, January 26.  The Rocksprings extension clinic will be located at 212 West Main Street at the Chester Todd, M.D. building right in the center of town and will have its doors open to the community three days a week.

 

The Junction Medical Clinic location in Rocksprings will offer a variety of services to improve the health of the local community. Importantly, with the continued Public Health Emergency (PHE), increased access to Covid-19 testing, treatment and vaccination will be an important focus of the clinic.

 

“We are proud to partner with Edwards County in their vision to secure access to local health care,” says Duke Young, administrator at Kimble Hospital.  “The County Judge and Commissioners have shown overwhelming support to make this clinic possible at a pivotal moment when localized care to residents is so important.”

 

In addition to Covid-19 related care, wellness visits, immunizations and chronic disease management for conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure are all common practice for a family medicine clinic practice. These are an important part of diagnosing and treating emerging medical conditions before serious illness sets in.

 

Jay Jackson, M.D. is one of four medical providers that will be travelling to Rocksprings. “We have always talked about the importance of visiting a medical provider, even when you aren’t sick.  Regular visits allow us to diagnose and treat health issues before they become serious.  I hope our presence in Rocksprings will make it easier for people who live in the area to stay on top of their health.”

 

Jared Chanski, Executive Vice President of Preferred Management, the company that manages Junction Medical Clinic added, “We are proud to extend our excellent medical services and physician oversight to the town of Rocksprings. Junction has benefited greatly from the wonderful care our medical professionals have provided and I’m sure Rocksprings and Edwards County will enjoy having medical care close to home again.”

 

Rocksprings Medical Clinic will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am to 4pm and Fridays from 9am to 3pm.  The clinic accepts most medical insurance including Medicare.  To schedule an appointment please call (325) 446-3305.

Junction, Texas (October 19, 2020) – Kimble Hospital has obtained a new GenMark ePlex Laboratory Analyzer expanding testing capabilities of upper respiratory pathogens, such as influenza and COVID-19. 

 

The newly installed analyzer runs a PCR test detecting the genetic material of a virus and can test for the presence of over 20 different respiratory pathogens simultaneously. It is considered the ‘gold standard’ of Covid-19 testing with the highest degree of accuracy available.

 

Jay Jackson, M.D., physician at Junction Medical Clinic is excited by the new testing capabilities offered in the lab. “With this year’s flu season already ramping up, knowing if a patient has the flu or coronavirus in a speedy manner will be a huge help in deciding treatment options.” Dr. Jackson also added, “If a patient is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 they should contact us so a medical provider can determine the appropriate method of testing.”

 

Before receiving the new analyzer, Kimble Hospital would have to send all Covid-19 tests off to a reference lab. Results often take a few days to get back.  The ability to run tests at Kimble Hospital eliminates the complete reliance on outside laboratories to obtain results.

 

“This new analyzer will improve the quality of care for patients with time sensitive constraints or those at highest risk,” stated Duke Young, Kimble Hospital Administrator.  “Once the test starts, we can know if a patient has tested positive for coronavirus as well as many other upper respiratory illnesses in around 2 hours.”

 

Kimble Hospital is a member of the Preferred Management family, who was able facilitate the purchase of the new analyzer, “We are happy to assist Kimble Hospital with the purchase of the analyzer and hope the community can benefit from this state-of-the art technology for years to come.”, said Jared Chanski, Executive Vice President of Preferred Management.

 

If someone thinks they have symptoms of COVID-19, they should contact Junction Medical Clinic so their provider can order the correct testing for their situation.  Drive through evaluation and testing is available with an appointment by calling (325) 446-3305.

Kerwin Nacua, Lab Director at Kimble Hospital using the new GenMark Analyzer.

Kimble Hospital is proud to welcome Chelsea Davis, RPT, as the newest addition to the hospital’s physical therapy staff.  With a passion for her patients, Davis is comfortable treating all aspects of orthopedics and neuromuscular conditions.  

Davis recently graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Angelo State University and has relocated to Junction from San Angelo.  She earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees from the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia.   She also uses her sports background and love of the outdoors to better understand patient needs. 

 

“Chelsea will be a great addition to our physical therapy staff, enhancing Kimble Hospital’s ability to serve the community,” said Duke Young, Kimble Hospital administrator.   “We are happy to have her on board.” 

Physical therapy helps patients who suffer from movement, balance and functional difficulties that result from aging, disease, surgery or environmental factors.   Should you or someone in your family need professional physical therapy services, please contact Kimble Hospital at 325-46-3321 to discuss your options.

Junction, Texas (December 4, 2019) – The staff of Kimble Hospital and Junction Medical Clinic celebrated the holidays last week with a Wild West celebration featuring a “Christmas Chuck Wagon” feast of chili with all the fixin’s, salads and desserts made by various staff members.  

Over 60 employees broke cornbread together, with many wearing cowboy boots and hats in honor of the party theme, with 10 or more plates put aside for the night shift.  Even Santa managed to find a cowboy hat, red bandanna and lariat in his closet.  

Traditionally, the annual Christmas party is also the time that the hospital and clinic recognize staff members who have achieved employment milestones.  

“This year 11 of our employees were celebrated for a total of 155 years of service to Kimble Hospital, Junction Medical Clinic and our community,” said Duke Young, hospital administrator.  

Penny Stewart, RN, received her 30-year pin, along with a gift card and trophy.  Odelia “Nellie” Galindo, medical assistant, and John Ibbotson, laboratory technician, earned their 25 years pins, and were also recognized with a gift card and trophy.  

Lou Zane Gardner, RN, was awarded a 15 year pin and gift card, and Martean Alborn, physical therapy director, was awarded a 10-year pin and gift card.  Five year pins were presented to Maria Alvarado, clinic receptionist, Katie Bowers, medical records director, Edward Glen, housekeeper, and Adriana Munoz, LVN.   

With 25 years and 5 years of service, respectively, Brenda Black, laboratory and radiology technician, and Michelle Morales, clinic receptionist, were unable to attend the party.  

“I also want to acknowledge the contributions of 2 long term employees who are retiring this year,” noted Young.  “Anna Rotge, dietary manager, is retiring after 22 years of serving great food to hospital patients; and Terry Zimmerman, RN, is retiring after 16 years of providing patient care and more recently coordinating the hospital’s Swing Bed Program.  We will miss them both.”

Employee congratulations were also extended by the leadership of Preferred Management Corporation who attended the party:  Andy Freeman, president and CEO; and Mike Easley, vice president of hospital operations.   “We have a highly qualified and caring staff at Kimble Hospital and Junction Medical Clinic, “said Easley, “and appreciate the opportunity to thank them in person for all they do.”  
 

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Penny Stewart, RN, was honored last week for 30 years of service to Kimble Hospital.  Presenting her award (from the left) were Duke Young, hospital administrator, Andy Freeman, president and CEO of Preferred, and Mike Easley, vice president for Preferred hospital operations.

Junction, Texas (February 20, 2019) – Kimble Hospital was recognized last week with the 2018 TMF Gold Award for Hospital Quality Improvement. This regional award was given to only 51 of the 745 hospitals in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, that demonstrated improved performance on specific national quality measures.

“We are very pleased to be recognized by the TMF Quality Institute for both reporting quality measures and improving patient outcomes as reflected by these data,” said Duke Young, Kimble Hospital administrator, “but the benefit to our patients is the true reward.”

“Our staff, led by our chief nursing officer, Sue Gentry, has worked hard over the last four years to systematically identify and act upon opportunities for quality improvement” Young reported. “I am proud of our staff members for their continued commitment to quality initiatives.”

The outstanding performance of Kimble Hospital across quality indicators monitored by Medicare was recognized in August 2016 in MBQIP Monthly, an e-newsletter that provides Critical Access Hospitals with information and support for quality improvement. In 2017, Kimble Hospital was recognized as one of the top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S. based on several criteria including quality, patient outcomes and patient satisfaction.

Gentry is quick to acknowledge the impact of all of her nurses on quality improvement at the hospital. “Everyone works together as a team to identify and address opportunities for improvement,” said Gentry. “Quality is a team effort and I have a great team.”

“I also need to thank the support team we have at Preferred Management Corporation,” said Gentry. “Kathy Mechler provides clinical leadership to all Preferred-affiliated hospitals and helped us to establish the framework for our quality program, Laura Crowell makes sure that we can extract needed data from our electronic medical records, and Megan Cody drives us to report our quality measures to various agencies,” Gentry explained.

“TMF is proud to recognize hospitals for promoting quality improvement activities and their senior management for promoting a quality culture,” said Tom Manley, CEO of TMF Health Quality Institute. “Quality improvement is a complex and demanding process, and we thank Kimble Hospital for their commitment to improving the health of patients and the efficiency of health care.”

The TMF Hospital Quality Improvement Award program is sponsored by TMF, the Arkansas Hospital Association, Oklahoma Hospital Association, Oklahoma State Office of Rural Health, Texas Hospital Association and Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals. There are three award categories: Gold is the highest tier, and has the most stringent requirements, followed by Silver and then Bronze.

Seven of the nine hospitals affiliated with Preferred were recognized by TMF in 2018, with five Gold Awards, one Silver Award and one Bronze Award. “Maintaining and improving access to quality patient care in our small communities is the primary goal of Preferred,” stated Andy Freeman, president and chief executive officer of Preferred. “We have invested in the resources necessary to support the efforts of our hospitals to achieve
this goal, and I could not be prouder of the staff at the home office and in our hospitals for their hard work.”

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