Top 20 Critical Access Hospital in the U.S.
for Best Practice - Patient Satisfaction!

*Determined by the Chartis Center for Rural Health and presented by the National Rural Health Association.

Quality Health Care, Close to Home.

What We Offer

Learn about some of the many services we offer at Collingsworth General to care for our community

Emergency Department

The Emergency Department at Collingsworth General is designated by the State of Texas as a Level IV Trauma Center. Open 24-hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year, the department is staffed by highly-qualified medical providers and allied staff trained to deliver medical care at all levels.

Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy Department at Collingsworth General Hospital (CGH) is staffed by two full-time physical therapists, both with doctorates in physical medicine, and a physical therapy assistant.


The Collingsworth General Hospital Radiology Department uses many imaging technologies. CGH offers a full range of diagnostic radiology services – general x-ray, portable X-ray and CT scanning are available in an inpatient and outpatient basis. MRI and Ultrasound are scheduled on a weekly basis.

Continue Your Recovery,
Close to Home

The Swing Bed Program at CGH is for Medicare patients discharged from Collingsworth or any other hospital following an acute illness, injury or surgery, who still need time and physical therapy to heal and strengthen before going home.


acute care beds

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Trauma Center


Years of Experience

Welcome to Collingsworth General

Committed to Providing Quality Healthcare​

Collingsworth General is a Critical Access hospital located in Wellington, Texas, approximately 100 miles and 2 hours southeast of Amarillo, Texas, and 167 miles and 3 hours northeast of Lubbock, Texas. In 2017, the National Rural Health Association identified Collingsworth General one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals in the U.S. for patient satisfaction. The hospital is licensed for 13 inpatient acute care beds, all of which may be used as “swing beds” or skilled nursing beds. Further, it maintains a Level IV Trauma Center designation, providing emergency services for the residents of Collingsworth and surrounding counties 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year. Through the hospital’s affiliation with Avera eCare, the services of local providers are complemented by those of board certified emergency room physicians and critical care nurses immediately available through telemedicine at the touch of a button. In addition, area residents can obtain a wide range of outpatient services at the hospital minimizing the need to travel long distances for health care. These services include: physical therapy, general radiology, CT imaging, mobile MRI services, laboratory services and nutrition counseling. The hospital also operates Collingsworth Family Medicine, a nationally designated Rural Health Clinic. Combined the hospital and clinic are staffed by almost 80 highly qualified clinical and support personnel who call the Wellington area home, and treat patients like family.

Partnership with Preferred Forged in 2004

Throughout its history, ownership of Collingsworth General has changed to reflect the needs and demands of the ever changing healthcare environment.   

Established by an individual physician in the 1930’s, the complexity of hospital operations resulted in the transfer of ownership to the Community of Sisters in 1938.  The Sisters operated the facility for the next 34 years, adding services and completing two hospital expansion projects.  

With the support of the community, the Collingsworth County Hospital District (CCHD) assumed responsibility for the hospital in 1972, successfully guiding hospital operations for another 32 years.  The community has always supported the need for a locally based hospital, and when the CCHD fell on hard times, the community stepped forward and raised $260,000 in less than two months to keep the hospital open.

In 2004, faced with significant turnover among administration and the medical staff, and declines in utilization and financial performance, the CCHD reached out to Preferred Management Corporation (Preferred) to help restore staffing and financial stability.  The successful partnership between Preferred Hospital Leasing Inc., and the CCHD has created a strong, viable organization responsive to the changing healthcare landscape.

Collingsworth General Front Entrance
2018 TMF Hospital Quality Improvement Gold Award

New Hospital and Clinic Buildings Reflect Community Commitment to Local Healthcare

The original structure housing Collingsworth General was a 2-story house.  A new hospital was constructed by its founding physician – Dr. E.W. Jones – in 1935.  The first set of triplets was born in Collingsworth County on November 6, 1941, and around 1945 the first X-ray machine was installed in the hospital.

Building expansions were completed in 1951 and 1963 by the Community of Sisters.  This included several semi-private patient rooms, a nursery and a new surgery suite that gained the approval of the American College of Surgeons. 

In 2008, recognizing the deficiencies of the 50-plus year old buildings, the CCHD secured approval of county voters for a $6.245 million bond issue to construct a 11,857 square foot  addition to the hospital.  The addition provided accessible inpatient facilities for acute care and skilled nursing patients and allowed for the provision of state-of-the-art emergency services.  Funds were also used to construct a new Collingsworth Family Medicine clinic building.

Throughout the years in the different facilities that housed the hospital, one thing has remained constant for Collingsworth General Hospital:  the medical providers and hospital staff dedicated to the delivery of high quality healthcare close to home.  

Our Clinic

Collingsworth Family Medicine is housed in a new 6,891 sq. ft. facility that opened in January 2010 as part of a multi-million dollar hospital expansion project. It has been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and designed with the patient in mind. The clinic is staffed with medical providers who are devoted to keeping the whole family healthy. 

Trust the professionals

Meet our Hospital Leadership

Administrator Candy Powell
Candy Powell

Candy Powell has served as the administrator of Collingsworth General Hospital since 2006, bringing over 17 years of healthcare experience to the position.   She has a strong background in radiology and hospital operations, having served as the director of radiology and overseeing multiple departments since 1989.

A native of Wellington, Candy graduated from Wellington High School in 1987 and received her associate degree in radiology from Amarillo College in 1989.  She began her healthcare career as a radiology technician at Great Plains Regional Medical Center, Elk City, Oklahoma, before joining Collingsworth General Hospital.   

Candy’s dedication to rural healthcare and her community is evident in her work at Collingsworth General Hospital.  She loves the close-knit environment of her hometown and enjoys taking care of friends and neighbors.  Candy is actively involved in local activities and supports various community initiatives.  Candy is married to Jeff Powell, and they have three children and three grandchildren.  She finds joy in outdoor adventures and traveling with her family.      

Vikki Barton, RN, Chief Nursing Officer
Vikki Barton, RN
Chief Nursing Officer

Vikki Barton, RN, joined the nursing staff of Collingsworth General in 1998 as a licensed vocational nurse.  While working at the hospital, she returned to school to earn her advanced nursing degree, and was promoted to the position of registered nurse in 2005.  She assumed her current position as Chief Nursing Officer in 2011. 

Not surprisingly, Vikki knows every position within the nursing department and has nursing experience in a variety of medical areas such as trauma, pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiac, discharge planning, respiratory therapy, wound care, physical therapy and hospice care.  
A longtime resident of Wellington, she epitomizes the caring attitude that made Collingsworth General a Top 20 Critical Access Hospital for patient satisfaction. 

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Collingsworth General Hospital is health care you can trust.

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