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Welcome the New Swing Bed Coordinator at CCHD


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 [...]

Welcome the New Swing Bed Coordinator at CCHD2020-01-14T21:24:08+00:00

Become a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) at Country View Living


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 [...]

Become a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) at Country View Living2019-12-24T16:45:49+00:00

December Clinic Spotlight: Isabell Castillo


Do you ever wonder who is on the other side of the phone helping you schedule your appointment at the Medical Center of Dimmitt? One of our employee’s, Isabel Castillo, is a Clinic Registration Clerk that assists you when you call or come into the clinic.   As a registration clerk she is on the frontline of helping the Castro County Community, and that is why she is being recognized this month as the December Clinic Spotlight.   Isabel has been with Castro County Healthcare for the past six months, since she moved back to Dimmitt from Stephenville, Texas. She came [...]

December Clinic Spotlight: Isabell Castillo2019-12-20T12:50:30+00:00

There is Power in Rural Health Care


‘Plug into the Power of Rural’ is a mantra for National Rural Health Day on November 21, 2019. National Rural Health Day was founded by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) as a way to showcase rural America, increase awareness of rural health-related challenges, and promote the efforts of those who are addressing those challenges.   An estimated 57 million people – nearly one in five Americans – live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States. An assessment by The Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals (TORCH), states that in the 1960s there were [...]

There is Power in Rural Health Care2019-11-20T15:04:29+00:00

100% Passing Rate in Country View Living’s Certified Nursing Classes


Country View Living, the long-term living facility in Dimmitt, TX, has dedicated time in educating young professionals on how to be a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). They have held four CNA classes, with a 100% passing rate. These classes are taught by two Registered Nurses (RN) who work at Country View Living (CVL) and have worked for the Castro County Hospital District (CCHD) for many years.   Raneta Patton, a RN and Charge Nurse, was an instructor for the CNA course. She has been working with CCHD as a nurse for six years, but also began working with CVL when they [...]

100% Passing Rate in Country View Living’s Certified Nursing Classes2019-11-13T15:57:44+00:00

November Clinic Spotlight – Tracy Aguero


This month the Medical Center of Dimmitt recognizes Tracy Aguero as their November Spotlight. Tracy has been working alongside Peggy Birkenfeld, FNP-C, since May 23, 2019 as her certified clinical medical assistant.   Tracy previously worked at the Hereford Regional Medical Center, however the Dimmitt native always wanted to work in her community and help care for all the familiar faces that come through.   “The most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I make a difference in my patients care,” said Tracy.   A major part of her job is providing high quality care to the patients at [...]

November Clinic Spotlight – Tracy Aguero2019-11-13T15:40:41+00:00

CCHD Welcomes New Physician, Dr. Refugio Alvarez


Castro County Healthcare (CCHD) is excited to announce Dr. Refugio Alvarez, a new physician at the Medical Center of Dimmitt and Plains Memorial Hospital. Dr. Alvarez has been working in the hospital ER for a few months but has also been seeing patients by appointment at the Medical Center of Dimmitt since October 1, 2019.   Previously, Dr. Alvarez was working for a company that had ER coverage at hospitals, mainly in smaller, rural areas. This led him to working with CCHD, and during this time he became drawn to the hospital district and wanted to become a part of their [...]

CCHD Welcomes New Physician, Dr. Refugio Alvarez2019-11-13T15:58:19+00:00

The Medical Center of Dimmitt October Spotlight: Ruth Lara


The Medical Center of Dimmitt is recognizing one of their front-line workers this month. Ruth Lara is the October Clinic Spotlight at the Medical Center of Dimmitt.   Ruth has been with the Medical Center of Dimmitt since April of 2019. She may be a familiar face to many because prior to working for CCHD she worked at El Taquito, a now closed Mexican food restaurant in Dimmitt, for three years.   “I loved working with people at my old job,” said Ruth. “I wanted to continue to do so, and this job allows me to do that while helping them [...]

The Medical Center of Dimmitt October Spotlight: Ruth Lara2019-10-17T16:38:23+00:00

Welcome Back Dr. Matos


Castro County Healthcare welcomes back one of their own, Dr. Gregorio Matos. Dr. Matos worked for CCHD in October 2011 for 10 years, and left when CCHD closed down their surgery department.  He is still a large supporter of the healthcare district through the Plains Medical Foundation by attending the Hats and Heels Gala every other year.   “I wanted to come back to Dimmitt and Castro County Healthcare because of the town and the people here,” said Dr. Matos.   Prior to returning back to CCHD, Dr. Matos worked at Dawson County Hospital District, Medical Arts Clinic in Lamesa, Texas. [...]

Welcome Back Dr. Matos2019-10-01T18:40:13+00:00

September Clinic Spotlight: Rita McDaniel, BSN, RN


The Medical Center of Dimmitt recognized their Chronic Care Manager, Rita McDaniel, BSN, RN, as their clinic spotlight for the month of September. Rita has been with CCHD since April 2018, and is dedicated to all her patients, and strives to provide each one with the best care possible.   “I truly enjoy caring for all our patients,” said Rita. “I am here to help alleviate some of the stress patients can experience, thus allowing them to focus on healing and enjoying life.”   As the Chronic Care Manager Rita helps patients coordinate their visits with their doctors and specialist, facilities, [...]

September Clinic Spotlight: Rita McDaniel, BSN, RN2019-10-01T17:41:21+00:00