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Wellington, Texas (September 16, 2020) – Collingsworth Family Medicine is pleased to introduce Preston Barlow, a new Physician Assistant to our clinic.  Preston comes to Wellington from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah where he completed a Masters of Physician Assistant Studies.  Preston is a National Registered Paramedic and also has a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Management.

“Preston will be a welcome addition to our team,” says Candy Powell, administrator at Collingsworth General Hospital.  “He will expand our clinic’s ability to see more patients and enhance the health services to Wellington and the surrounding areas.”

Preston is well-known to the surrounding communities within the Fire and EMS services and has served in public services for over 20 years as a firefighter, paramedic, and in law enforcement.  He currently lives in Wellington with his wife and two children.  With his family, he enjoys exploring dirt roads and seeing new places including a goal to visit all 50 states by his ten-year wedding anniversary.  Preston’s other hobbies include fishing and working in his yard.  He also hopes to take up archery hunting soon.    

“I was introduced to the area while flying with Apollo Medflight,” Preston says, “but the feeling of community and the friendly people in Wellington are what really stole my heart.  I knew this is where I wanted to live and raise my kids.  I am really blessed to be offered a position with Collingsworth General so that I could come back and be a part of this amazing community.”

Preston is currently accepting new patients at Collingsworth Family Medicine, to schedule an appointment call 806-447-5311.

Preston Barlow is the new Physician’s Assistant at Collingsworth Family Medicine

Wellington, Texas (March 18, 2020) – Installation of a new GE Optima 520 16-slice Computerized Tomography (CT) scanner at Collingsworth General Hospital has been completed, and the first patient scanned on March 18th.  The new CT scanner replaces an aging unit, providing reliability and newer technologies for imaging on patients.

“Hospital staff is excited to offer this updated technology to area residents,” reported Sabrina Byers, radiology department manager.  “This new scanner is a great benefit for our patients, allowing us to see higher quality 3D images of the body.” she continued.

CT scans are diagnostic medical test that produces multiple images of the inside of the human body, much like a traditional x-ray, but much more detailed. The scans are one of the fastest and most accurate tools to examine the abdomen, chest, and pelvis. Most commonly used for trauma patients, abdominal pain, chest pain, pulmonary embolisms, and detection of vascular disease that may lead to stroke, kidney failure, or death.

Preferred, the operator of Collingsworth General, purchased the new CT scanner for $223,000.  The equipment will provide medical staff more detailed diagnostic information providing a higher level of care to patients.  The installation of the scanner took about a week, and the staff was thoroughly trained on the new technology over 4 days.

The new GE Optima CT 520 pictured above in the CT Suite at Collingsworth General Hospital.

March 16, 2020

Each and every day COVID-19 continues to accelerate and the Texas Health and Human Services has issued updated and expanded guidance from Governor Greg Abbott for our hospitals to follow on access to our facilities. 

WE ARE OPEN, however we are taking this very seriously and will be taken the following measures to be proactive to stop the potential spread and threat of COVID-19.

Beginning at 6 pm today Collingsworth General Hospital will be limiting access to one visitor per hospitalized patient.   We are also asking that the patients seeking health care at our clinic to not bring extra people with you to your appointment. 

All visitors to Collingsworth General Hospital must meet the following criteria:  

  • Visitors must be 16 years or older
  • Visitors must be fever-free
  • Visitors must be cough-free.
  • After a patient’s one visitor leaves, another may enter. 
  • Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis and include visitors for any patients nearing the end of life.  

All traffic into our hospital will be limited to two entrances. Outpatient’s presenting to the hospital for testing or treatment must enter the Business Office entrance Monday thru Friday 8am-5pm.  Visitors and Vendors will also need to enter through this entrance during business hours. Patient with emergent needs will enter through the Hospital/ER entrance. After business hours, all visitors will be screened accordingly at the Hospital/ER entrance.

Collingsworth Family Medicine entry will continue to be the front entrance of the clinic. Everyone entering through any entrance will be screened for elevated temperature, respiratory symptoms and travel history. Once cleared by screening, a colored bracelet will be provided to you which will allow entrance to the facility for that date.  

If you suspect you have been exposed or may have this illness, please CALL your doctor’s office directly. Ask about a screening by phone.

There are no suspected cases of COIVD-19 in Wellington at this time. There is no lab testing available without having signs and symptoms of the illness, and Texas Department of State Health services must approve the testing. 

Thank you for your cooperation on this matter.  CGH will continue to stay up to date and educate you with information as it becomes available.

February 6, 2020

Jasmine Ryan, RN, was named the 2019 STAR of the Year by Collingsworth General Hospital (CGH) for the caring attitude she displays to patients, as well as the quality of the care she provides.  

“I am both humbled and thrilled to be honored with this award,” said Ryan, “but is not hard to do your best when you love what you do.  Taking good care of patients is just what we do at Collingsworth General.”   

A Hereford, Texas, native, Ryan moved to Wellington in 2016, following graduation from the nursing program at Amarillo College and joined the hospital as a staff nurse.  But it was the community that first attracted Ryan and her husband, Michael, to Wellington.  “We both loved this town, and knew it would be a great place to raise our family,” she explained.  “The fact that my husband loves the hunting here was just a bonus,” she added laughingly.

Healthcare is the family business with Ryan focusing on nursing and her husband serving as an emergency medical technician.  These careers allow them both to work in a smaller community, like Wellington, where residents have placed a priority on the availability of local healthcare services.  

“I guess I’ve always been a bit of a mother hen, and became a nurse because I love to take care of people,” noted Ryan.  “Living in Wellington and working at Collingsworth General gives me the opportunity to provide neighbors, friends and family with truly personalized care.”  

“I want to extend my congratulations to Jasmine for her STAR nomination, and selection as both our third-quarter and annual STAR,” said Candy Powell, hospital administrator.  “Jasmine represents all of the nurses in our hospital and clinic who provide great care to our patients all day, every day.”

The STAR program was initiated by Collingsworth General in May 2015 to recognize employees who exemplify the attributes of Service, Teamwork, Attitude and Results.  Employees may be nominated by another employee, physician, patient or visitor.  Nomination forms and boxes have been placed in the clinic and hospital lobbies to allow the entire community to participate in this process.

Jasmine Ryan, RN

Jasmine Ryan, RN, receives her 2019 STAR of the Year Award from Collingsworth General Hospital. 

January 6, 2020

Candy Powell, administrator of Collingsworth General Hospital (CGH) was named the 2019 Texas Community Star by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), the member organization for each of the 50 State Offices of Rural Health.  

The award was established in 2015 as part of National Rural Health Day to shine a light on those who serve the vital health needs of the estimated 57 million people living in rural America.   Only one individual per state was selected to receive this honor.  

    “Rural hospitals are the backbone of the healthcare industry,” noted Powell, “and critical to the health and economic wellbeing of the communities they serve.”    

“Serving as the administrator of any rural hospital, including Collingsworth General, is extremely challenging,” she explained, “but I can’t imagine any other place I would rather be.”    

Powell was born and raised in Collingsworth County and has worked in the healthcare industry her entire career, including stints at Northwest Texas Hospital, Amarillo, Texas, Great Plains Regional Medical Center, Elk City, Oklahoma, and Harmon Memorial Hospital, Hollis, Oklahoma.  She returned home to Collingsworth County in 1993 to work as the assistant administrator of the hospital in Wellington.  
    Powell was named administrator of CGH in 2004, by Preferred Hospital Leasing, Inc., the Shawnee, Oklahoma-based operator of CGH, and has continued to serve in this capacity for the last 15 years.  

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this award than Candy,” said Andy Freeman, president and CEO of Preferred.  “Candy has worked at the hospital for 29 years and always has the best interest of her community and her patients at heart.”  

    Nominations for the award can be made by the State Offices of Rural Health, industry organizations, hospitals, clinics, and health systems.  Powell was nominated by Cindy Ellis with the Texas Primary Care Office.

Each year, NOSORH compiles an eBook featuring the stories of award winners “who are making a tremendous and positive impact on their communities in several vital health-related areas.   The book is now available to read free-of-charge at https://www.powerofrural.org/community-stars/; Powell can be found on page 44. 

Candy Powell Community Star

Candy Powell, administrator of Collingsworth General, was recently named the 2019 Texas Community Star for her ongoing contributions to healthcare in a rural community.

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