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Hospital Under New Management

As published in the Sunday, April 17 Houston County Courier, the Houston County Hospital District signed an agreement on Monday, April 11, for Little River Healthcare (correct name of the business) to manage the Houston County Medical Center. Little River Healthcare took over management of the hospital on Monday, April 18, and issued the following statement to the Houston County Courier Tuesday afternoon, April 19:

Special to the HC Courier
Little River Healthcare has reached an agreement to provide administrative and management services for the Houston County Medical Center (HCMC) beginning Monday, April 18.

"We could not be more thrilled to extend our family tree into the Crockett community," said Jeff Madison, Chief Executive Officer of Little River Healthcare (LRH). "We hope to continue HCMC's record as a quality local medical care facility. The people of Crockett and Houston County deserve it."

The (Houston County Hospital District - HCHD) Board of Directors sought an "umbrella" group to oversee the hospital's administrative duties, such as general management, physician relations, human resources, billing and marketing. The Board selected Little River because of its commitment to patient satisfaction and professional, quality care. Little River Healthcare also has a proven record of reversing financial instability in Texas rural hospitals.

"At all Little River locations, we focus on individualized care for each patient, providing quality healthcare from our family to the patients," Madison said. "We are very impressed with the community involvement surrounding the hospital's future in Crockett. We share the public's passion and envision a bright future ahead at HCMC."

The first step in building success at HCMC, according to Madison, is to establish a permanent administrator. LRH has called upon one of its most veteran leaders, Robert Torres, to serve as interim administrator of HCMC, temporarily removing him from his role as administrator of King's Daughters Clinic in Temple, Texas. Prior to joining Little River in 2013, Torres was a senior hospital administrator for a competing system.

"Our mission is to build the same success at HCMC that we've built with other rural Texas hospitals. But it will take time," Madison said. "We are excited to be working with such a knowledgeable, experienced Board of Directors in Crockett as we move HCMC into the future."

Little River Healthcare is planning a "welcoming" event open to the public in the coming months.

About Houston County Medical Center
HCMC is a 49-bed hospital located in Crockett, Texas, serving Houston County and surrounding communities. The hospital provides a number of inpatient and outpatient services ranging from surgery to diagnostics, outpatient therapies and imaging services to a 24-hour emergency department.

About Little River Healthcare
Headquartered in rural Rockdale, Texas, Little River Healthcare specializes in bringing "big-city medicine" to small towns and "small-town care" to big cities. Little River has grown from its rural roots in Milam County to employ 1,000+ healthcare professionals among 35 locations. For more information, visit www.LRhealthcare.com.