Six Culberson Hospital and Van Horn Rural Health Clinic employees were recognized for achieving employment milestones at the annual staff Christmas party December 6th.
Romelia “Romy” Ramirez, business office manager, has been a part of the hospital for 20 years. In honor of this achievement, she was awarded a pin, gift card and trophy. Javier “Harvey” Corralez, maintenance, and Prescilla Ortega, administrative assistant, both received their 15-year pins while Amanda Soto, activity director, received her 10-year pin. All were also given gift cards.
“It is a pleasure to work with experienced staff like Romy, Harvey, Prescilla and Amanda,” said Rick Gray, hospital administrator. “They always perform at a high level, and help to make my job easier.”
Gray also presented 5-year pins to Gilda Morales, APRN, nurse practitioner, and Ruben Ortega, EMT (emergency medical technician).
The noon luncheon was catered by Olive Garden, whose employees drove to Van Horn from El Paso to provide the delicious meal.
Approximately 50 employees enjoyed the great food and great company. Also in attendance were Laura Reyes, president of the Culberson County Hospital District (CCHD), Cheryl Owen, CCHD board member and Culberson Hospital nursing staff member, Andy Freeman, president and CEO of Preferred and Jared Chanski, Preferred executive vice president and former Culberson Hospital administrator.
Service award winners (from the left) Prescilla Ortega, Romy Ramirez and Harvey Corralez are joined by Laura Reyes, CCHD board president, Jared Chanski, Preferred executive vice president and Cheryl Owen, CCHD board member and hospital nursing staff member. Andy Freeman, president and CEO of Preferred, and Rick Gray, hospital administrator, share the back row.
Staff of Culberson Hospital and Van Horn Rural Health Clinic lines the hall to wish everyone in the community a safe, happy and healthy holiday season
Raised in a smaller town in central Texas, David J. Cummings, MD, is excited about the opportunity to practice medicine in Van Horn.
“I always wanted to work in a rural community where I could develop long-term relationships with my patients and care for them across a wide range of illnesses and injuries,” said Dr. Cummings. “Working at Culberson Hospital and the Van Horn Rural Health Clinic will also allow me to work in emergency department, hospital and clinic settings, and help me to grow as a physician and as a person,” he explained.
Dr. Cummings completed a Family Medicine Rural Residency program at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas School of Medicine, with the first year of his three-year training program in Las Vegas, and the last two years in Winnemucca, a central Nevada town of approximately 7,300 residents. He received his medical degree from the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in El Paso, so he is also very familiar with far West Texas.
“I looked at several practice opportunities in Texas,” Dr. Cummings noted, “but really like the friendly atmosphere in Van Horn. I also appreciate the encouragement and support of my new colleagues at the clinic.”
Dr. Cummings completed undergraduate degrees in microbiology and health information technology at the University of Texas, Austin, and earned his Associate of Arts degree at Temple College, Temple. He maintains active certifications in Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics.
Along with his wife, Shanna, and their two cats, Dr. Cummings hopes to find a home in Van Horn where his family can plant roots. “We also want to take advantage of all that the community has to offer including outdoor recreational activities such as horseback riding and hiking,” he noted.
“I hope everyone in Culberson County will join us as we welcome Dr. Cummings to the clinic, hospital and community,” said Rick Gray, hospital administrator. “He will be a great addition to our provider team.”
Dr. Cummings will begin to see patients at the Van Horn Rural Health clinic September 9. To schedule an appointment, please call 432-283-1020.
All of the employees at Culberson Hospital and Van Horn Rural Health clinic were celebrated for their contributions to health care during National
Hospital Week, May 12-18.
“We have a great team at the hospital and clinic who provide or support the provision of health care to our community every hour of every day,” said Rick Gray, hospital administrator, “but they also make great party planners,” he laughed.
Gray’s comments reflect the various activities scheduled throughout Hospital Week as well as the abundance of food enjoyed by the staff.
The week began with cake and punch for all to enjoy, followed by breakfast burritos on Tuesday, and a barbeque lunch catered by Rudy’s BBQ on Wednesday.
Thursday was popcorn, pickles and candy – yes, popcorn, pickles and candy – followed by an ice cream sundae bar on Friday. The opportunity for maximum weight gain was further enhanced on Wednesday with a cake walk game played throughout the day. Fourteen winners went home with different cakes or cookies baked by hospital staff. Yummmm.
Other games played during the week included a Wii Bowling Tournament and Bingo Trivia, won by Lorena Corrales, housekeeping, and Rocio Apgar, LVN, respectively. There was a rumored attempt by hospital and clinic staff to have them both disqualified as “ringers,” but the rumor could not be confirmed.
Door prizes were also awarded to lucky ticket holders, and fun was had by all.
Game and door prize winners at Culberson Hospital included: (from the left) Rocio Apgar, LVN, nursing, Gotwin Van Santen Saldivar, EMS, Eva Vale, housekeeping, and Grace Largo, laboratory.
Eight employees of Culberson Hospital and Van Horn Rural Health Clinic were honored at a holiday gathering December 4, for achieving employment milestones.
Belinda Mora, EMT, received her 15-year pin; Lorena Corrales, housekeeping, Nora Friel, housekeeping, Cheryl Owen, RN, and Toni Subia, radiology director, were recognized for 10 years of service; and Rosalinda Corrales, clinic receptionist, Rodett Osorio, PA, and Ernie Tarango, clinic manager, secured their 5-year pins. Gift cards were also given to those staff members employed for 10 or more years.
“I would like to express my congratulations to each of our employees who achieved employment milestones this year,” said Rick Gray, hospital administrator. “I have been in Van Horn for only a month, but already know what a great team we have at the hospital and clinic.”
Andy Freeman, president of Preferred and Jared Chanski, executive vice president, were on-site to add their personal thanks to staff members for their contributions over the last year.
The awards ceremony was conducted during the hospital’s annual Christmas party. Over 50 hospital and clinic employees and their guests attended the party at the Van Horn Community Center. Jennifer Carrillo, Ernie Tarango, Lupe Ramirez, Romy Ramirez, Chester Morris, Marina Ramirez and Holly Corrales made and served the Mexican food fiesta enjoyed by all.
Eight Culberson Hospital and Van Horn Rural Health Clinic employees received awards at the 2018 holiday celebration. Top Left: Belinda Mora, EMT, Lorena Corrales, housekeeping, Nora Friel, housekeeping, and Cheryl Owen, RN. Bottom left: Toni Subia, radiology director, Rosalinda Corrales, clinic receptionist, Rodett Osorio, PA, and Ernie Tarrango, clinic manager.