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Van Horn, Texas (December 24, 2020) – The first group of COVID-19 vaccines have been delivered to Culberson Hospital to help protect its workers from the SARS-CoV-2 virus spreading throughout the county.  The first shipments are reserved for frontline health care workers and for people in nursing home care facilities.  Among the first to be vaccinated were local medical providers at Culberson Hospital, Dr. David Cummings and Gilda Morales.  They received the first of two rounds of vaccines just before Christmas Day and will receive the second round in about four weeks.

 “Over the million or so people that have been vaccinated in the country so far, very few have shown an adverse reaction to the vaccine, and those who do have a reaction have only have mild side effects.” says Dr. Cummings, he adds “The mild side effects that some people have are generally from the body’s immune response and it is not because they have injected a ‘live virus’ into the body.”  Some of the side effects are pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, and fever.  The side effects generally last for no more than a few days.

“It’s a much better alternative to contracting the SARS-CoV-2 virus,” says Gilda Morales, Nurse Practitioner at Culberson Hospital, she continues, “the vaccine ‘instructs’ the body how to fight the COVID-19 virus, so if you contract the virus later, your body will already have the information it needs to fight the virus.”

“The community getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is absolutely the best way for an eventual return to normal life.” says Rick Gray, Administrator at Culberson Hospital, “The first round of vaccines were given to 20 people so far, including hospital and clinic staff, EMS and law enforcement.  We hope to deliver the vaccine to the rest of the community soon.”

As future rounds of vaccines become available, Culberson Hospital will let the public know who in the community will be able to get their vaccinations.  Follow Culberson Hospital on Facebook for the most up-to-date information.

Dr. David Cummings showing his holiday spirit as he receives the first of two vaccinations for COVID-19.

Van Horn, Texas (September 1, 2020) – Culberson Hospital is pleased to introduce Yolanda Jurado, BSN, RN as our new Chief Nursing Officer.  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.

“We are very excited to have Yolanda join our team at Culberson, she will be a big part of the overall success of our hospital, improving processes and enhancing patient safety and experience.” says Rick Gray, administrator at Culberson Hospital.

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.

“I’m so thankful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. I am very confident in all that a critical access hospital can offer and I believe that I can complement the efforts of the nursing staff to safely benefit all of the patients, while yet improving their patient experience.”, Yolanda commented.Yolanda Jurado BSN, RN is the new Chief Nursing Officer at Culberson Hospital

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.

Culberson Christmas 2019Service award winners (from the left) Prescilla Ortega, Romy Ramirez andHarvey 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.





Culberson Holiday Party 2019Staff 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.

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. 

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