At the beginning of August 2020, Castro County Healthcare welcomed a new medical doctor to their staff, Dr. DC Ward. Dr. Ward and his wife, and two sons moved to Dimmitt from Lubbock, Texas upon his completion of his residency in Lubbock, Texas in June of 2020. Dr. Ward has always had a love for science, but it was not until after years in the field, did he realize he can incorporate his love of science in the medical field to help others help themselves. “I’ve been diabetic since I was 14 years old and was always more interested in science [...]
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Over the past few months communities have recognized their family, friends, or neighbors that work in healthcare. They have noticed the sacrifices healthcare workers and their families have had to make by putting themselves at a higher risk to be there for those who need it. Every year these same healthcare workers are recognized during national holiday weeks like hospital week, nurse’s week, and many more. These holidays are designed to celebrate each departments specialty and the work they do. This year healthcare workers should be very proud of their work, and what they do for the district and the communities [...]
There is a lot going on, and CCHD understand that you may have lots of questions and concerns about what to do if you need to just have a checkup or prescription change. That is why they have separated their office hours to make the clinic still feel like a safe place to come. “We want to reassure all of our patients that we are following all proper cleaning techniques and taking every precaution after each patient,” said Linda Aguero, Clinic Director at CCHD. “We have spilt our Monday through Friday clinic hours to see the ‘well’ patients in the [...]
Behind every successful team is a successful leader. The Medical Center of Dimmitt is spotlighting their leader, Linda Aguero, Clinic Director for the month of March. Linda has been with CCHD for seven years and has held multiple positions during that time. She started with the hospital on the floor as an RN (Registered Nurse) and moved to Charge Nurse and ER Nurse. After three years at the hospital she was asked to fill in at the clinic and has loved it ever since. She began as Dr. Altenberg’s nurse, and when he left, she became Peggy Birkefeld’s, FNP-C nurse. While [...]
The Medical Center of Dimmitt has an exceptional team that helps patients from the time they enter the clinic, to being referred to a specialist, if needed. Have you ever wondered who sets up the referral appointment for you? This month the Medical Center of Dimmitt is spotlighting their Referral Clerk, Luz Fernandez. Luz has been working as the Referral Clerk at Castro County Healthcare for six months. Her long-term goal is to become a Registered Nurse (RN), and she felt working at Castro County Healthcare would help her gain knowledge about the medical field and prepare her for her [...]
February is not only the month of ‘Love’ but is American Heart Month. This year marks the 56th consecutive American Heart Month. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, heart disease is the number one cause of death for men and women in the United States. American Heart Month provides awareness and the importance of taking care of your heart year-round. Cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke combined) kill about 2,300 people a day. Youth are being diagnosed with heart disease earlier than ever due to obesity being at an time high. Here are some Facts from the [...]
Each year Castro County Healthcare (CCHD) recognizes their employees for their years of dedication and service to the Hospital District. This year, CCHD had 115 combine years of service recognized at their afternoon banquet on January 22, 2020. On that day, Jolene Schulte was recognized for 45 years of service, Gloria Hinojosa and Hortensia Ramirez for 20 years, Jamie Blasingame and Vicenta Martinez for 10 years, and Benny Navarro and Cathy Wilcox for five years. When you speak to anyone who has worked at CCHD, especially one of these seven who were awarded will mention the ‘family’ like environment that they [...]
The Medical Center of Dimmitt is filled with many familiar faces, but there are also a few new ones. One of these newer faces was the January Clinic Spotlight, Jackeline Gonzalez, medical assistant to Sheila Higgins, FNP-C. Jackeline joined the CCHD team back in July of 2019 and works as a medical assistant and her job includes but is not limited to carrying patients concern and meeting patients satisfactory need with their physician. She works closely with everyone in the clinic, and see’s the value of their teamwork at The Medical Center of Dimmitt. From the receptionists to the other [...]
Castro County Healthcare has a new, but a familiar, face directing the Castro County Swing Bed Program. As of December 2019, Monia Ann Venhaus, RN became the new Swing Bed Coordinator at Castro County Healthcare (CCHD). She has been with CCHD for about a year but was primarily covering night shifts with the Plains Memorial Hospital Nursing staff. Monia Ann brings 28 years of nursing experience into her new title, as well as many certifications such as; Emergency Patient Management, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Trauma Nursing Core Course, Pediatric Nursing Core Course, and Advanced Trauma Care [...]
Country View Living (CVL), the new long-term living facility, in Dimmitt, TX is having another CNA class, starting in January 2020. CVL has already held four CNA classes this year (2019) and have had a 100% passing rate. A CNA is an important piece of the workflow at CVL. Nurses depend heavily on the CNA’s when it comes to the resident’s care. CNA’s are the nurses and doctors ‘eyes and ears’ during their shift. The CNA class is taught by two nurses in the Castro County Hospital District, Raneta Patton, RN and Charge Nurse, and Tonya Ethridge, RN. If you have [...]