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Learn about some of the many services we offer at Culberson Hospital to care for our community
Culberson hospital is licensed for 14 inpatient acute care beds, all of which may be used as “swing beds” or skilled nursing beds to meet the needs of Medicare patients who need extra time to heal and strengthen following an acute care stay. In addition, area residents can also obtain a wide range of inpatient and outpatient health care services at the hospital minimizing the need to travel long distances for health care.
Culberson Hospital is a Critical Access Hospital located in Van Horn, Texas, approximately 121 miles east of El Paso and 432 miles west of San Antonio on Interstate 10. It is the only hospital in a 4-county area including Culberson, Hudspeth, and Jeff Davis and Presidio counties.
The hospital is licensed for 14 inpatient acute care beds, all of which may be used as “swing beds” or skilled nursing beds to meet the needs of Medicare patients who need extra time to heal and strengthen following an acute care stay. In addition, area residents can also obtain a wide range of inpatient and outpatient health care services at the hospital minimizing the need to travel long distances for health care.
Culberson Hospital maintains Level IV Trauma Center designation, providing emergency services for the residents of Culberson 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.
The hospital also operates an ambulance service – Culberson Hospital Emergency Medical Services – that covers all 3,812 square miles of Culberson County, including the Town of Van Horn as well as the more remote areas of the county such as the Guadalupe Mountains National Park and various wind turbine sites located in the surrounding mountains. The hospital is home to the Van Horn Rural Health Clinic, a federally designated rural health clinic staffed by qualified, committed group of providers and support staff who manage outpatient, inpatient and emergency care.
A small hospital focused on clinical quality, Culberson prides itself on a level of personalized care that lets you know you are always close to home.
Billy C. Lipsey, MD, was the first physician to practice medicine in Van Horn, Texas.
He believed the residents of Culberson County deserved local health care and in 1955 established the town’s first medical clinic. Over the next 48 years he delivered over 5,000 babies,
made house calls and often accepted food in lieu of payment.
Dr. Lipsey was also instrumental in the development and operation of the original Culberson County Hospital completed in 1970.
In recognition of his commitment to the health and well-being of the families of Culberson County, and using funds contributed by the community and the District, a plaque honoring Dr Lipsey’s contributions has been installed in the new Van Horn Rural Health Clinic.
Culberson Hospital was constructed in 1970 under the auspices of Culberson County. With the support of the community, the Culberson County Hospital District (CCHD) assumed responsibility for the hospital in 1985, successfully guiding hospital operations for almost 30 years.
Faced with declining utilization and severely constrained financial resources, the CCHD applied for and received Critical Access Hospital designation in 2003. In 2004, the CCHD entered into a long term lease with Preferred Hospital Leasing Van Horn, Inc., an affiliate of Preferred Management Corporation, with a track record of successful rural hospital operations. The partnership between the CCHD and Preferred is a turnaround story that made Modern Healthcare in 2007 and one that continues through today.
In 2007, with the hospital on sound financial ground, the CCHD began to tackle another critical problem: the condition of the building. Although the old hospital was well constructed and had been well maintained, the Board felt it was prudent to evaluate the building to help insure the continued availability of quality health care services in Culberson County for the next 40 years.
A study confirmed that the existing facility no longer met current hospital building codes and was not sized or configured to efficiently accommodate the services provided, or the planned addition of new services. In addition, the old mechanical and electrical systems made it impossible to add new technology and were creating an increasing number of maintenance problems.
The CCHD Board the CCHD went to the taxpayers in May 2008 with a strategic master facility plan for the future of the hospital, emergency department and ambulance services and received overwhelming support for the issuance of $7.5 million in bonds to construct a new addition to the hospital and provide for needed new equipment.
The new 14,000 sq. ft. addition to the hospital, including a 14-bed inpatient unit, a new emergency department and a new imaging center, opened in June 2010 coinciding with the Van Horn Jubilee. More than 300 local and former residents attended the hospital’s open house celebration with local and state dignitaries honoring the community’s accomplishment.
In 2012, the District Board used the balance of bond funds to move forward with the renovation of the north side of the original hospital area, including the addition of automatic doors at the main entrance to the original building, a new, larger physical therapy area, an updated admissions area with a new reception desk and a private cubicle for patient interviews, a comfortable waiting area, a new entrance to the lab from the north hallway and more accessible restrooms.
Less visible but of equal importance were upgrades to the plumbing, electrical and heating and air conditioning systems that can support today’s technology, and provide for a more comfortable, safe and accessible environment for patients and staff.
The District completed the final phase of renovation in 2018, with the renovation of the north wing of the original hospital to accommodate the Van Horn Rural Health Clinic. The new clinic features a large and comfortable waiting room with a separate pediatric waiting area, 8 exam and 2 procedure rooms, a laboratory and a medication room, along with offices for five providers.
The District is now moving forward with plans to add a new façade to the original building in keeping with the overall design of the campus, upgrade and expand parking for patients and staff and replace the current ambulance barn with a new and larger facility.
The Van Horn Rural Health Clinic is located in a newly renovated area on the south end of the hospital building. It includes a spacious waiting room and a special “pint-sized” pediatric waiting area designed with the comfort of patients and their families in mind.
Meet our Administrative Staff
Rick Gray, MHA is a native of Monahans, Texas, and brings over 10 years of clinical, management and leadership experience to Culberson Hospital.
Most recently he served as a member of the executive team of Presbyterian Espanola Hospital, just north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. There his responsibilities included administrative oversight of a multi-specialty physician group as well as several hospital and clinic departments. Like many members of the Preferred team, Gray also has a strong clinical background and continues to maintain certification as a nuclear medicine technologist. His previous assignments include serving as the radiology manager/radiation safety officer for Presbyterian Espanola, interim radiology manager and clinical radiology supervisor for CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and nuclear medicine and PET/CT technologist and assistant radiation safety officer for Midland Memorial Hospital, Midland, Texas. Gray earned his Master of Health Administration from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, a Bachelor of Science in Nuclear Medicine Technology from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Angelo State University, San Angelo, Texas. However, he is still a loyal Monahans Loboes.
Yolanda Jurado brings over 30 years of experience to Culberson Hospital and focuses on patient safety and experience.
Yolanda comes to Culberson Hospital from Big Bend Regional Medical Center in Alpine, Texas where she also served as Chief Nursing Officer. While in Alpine she worked as Director of Med Surg, Swing bed and Obstetrics as well as serving on the Quality Assurance/Process Improvement Committees.
Yolanda lives in Marfa near her family which includes her children, Robert, Isabella and Diego. Starting her nursing career in 1988, Yolanda has worked in acute health care her entire career and brings a wealth of experience to Culberson Hospital.
What Van Horn has to offer
Culberson Hospital is healthcare you can trust.
Each and every day COVID-19 continues to accelerate and Texas Health and Human Services has issued expanded guidance from Governor Greg Abbott for our hospitals to follow on access to our facilities.
First of all, WE ARE OPEN and Culberson Hospital will be limiting access to one visitor per hospitalized patient. We are asking that patients seeking health care to not bring extra people with you to your appointment.
Each patient’s one visitor must meet the following criteria:
Out of an abundance of caution, we are limiting all traffic into our hospital to the Main Hospital/ER entrance. Visitors and Vendors will also need to enter through this entrance.
Everyone entering the facility will be screened for elevated temperature, respiratory symptoms and travel history. Once cleared by screening, you will be chaperoned to your destination.
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.
Thank you for your cooperation on this matter. Culberson Hospital will continue to stay up to date and educate you with information as it becomes available.