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The Benefits of Cuero Regional Hospital’s Relationship with Methodist Healthcare System

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Contact: Lynn Falcone, CEO

Cuero, Texas: In a recent report shared with the Cuero Regional Hospital’s Board of Directors, findings showed several hundreds of thousands of dollars in FY19 benefits and value received from the hospital’s partnership with Methodist Healthcare System, San Antonio.

“Given our partnership with Methodist, we have been able provide a large variety of educational opportunities for our leaders along with networking opportunities at no cost to Cuero Regional Hospital. Methodist has brought education to Cuero for our staff and physicians as well as opened their doors to our staff attending educational session in San Antonio,” said Lynn Falcone, CEO of Cuero Health.

Chief nursing officer for Cuero Regional Hospital Judy Krupala shared, “For our clinical staff, this partnership has provided tremendous training for our nurses in obstetrics, ICU and pediatrics, including pediatric mock code blue training, monthly pediatric education support for ED staff, ICU & OR/Central Sterile Staff hands-on training , neonatal training and so much more. Besides the incredible wealth of training resources, access to the group purchasing alone saved us over $120K. Methodist also contributes to our Dewitt Medical Foundation by supporting tables at events like Dueling Pianos and Gala. Their commitment to rural healthcare development is helping Cuero Regional Hospital to thrive,” Krupala said.

“Several years ago Methodist Healthcare embarked on a rural healthcare collaboration strategy to assist rural Texas hospitals in growing their local services and increasing benefits to their local communities,” indicated Geoffrey Crabtree, Senior Vice President of Methodist Healthcare. “Added clinical services and increased financial stability of Cuero Health is positive testimony to this unique partnership that truly benefits all citizens of DeWitt County. Quality healthcare close to home is better healthcare, and the hospital staff, management and the District Board should be very proud of their accomplishments,” Crabtree added.

“The Methodist partnership has given us a high caliber of training for our staff. It has helped us with services, financial stability and greater awareness of the healthcare needs in our community,” said Richard Wheeler, Cuero Regional Hospital Board Chairman.

History of the Partnership
In January 2016, Cuero Regional Hospital entered a collaboration agreement with Methodist
Healthcare System-San Antonio to enhance resources and increase their services. This type of
partnership allows small, rural hospitals to continue to build a strong foundation and remain
financially successful.

Governed by the board of directors, Cuero Health offers many healthcare
services larger city hospitals have, including Emergency Medical Services, 24/7 renovated ER,
Inpatient Care, Hospitalist Program, Inpatient Care, Telehealth including Telecardiology &
Telepsychiatry, General Surgery, Day Surgery, renovated ICU, Outpatient Specialty Center,
Radiology, Women’s Center (that houses digital mammography and bone densitometry), the area’s
only 3T MRI System, Nuclear Medicine, Childbirth Center, Sleep Study Center, Physical Therapy,
Home Health services and Bfit Cuero Wellness Center.

“We are proud of our progress, and this partnership allows us to provide continued educational
support and training to our dedicated staff and providers, as well as save on purchases through the
group purchasing partnership. This partnership helps us to push forward in our goal to deliver quality
care close to home,” said Falcone.