Hansford County Hospital District, Spearman, Texas

February 2017
Organization: 
Hansford County Hospital District (HCHD)

Hansford County Hospital District (HCHD), located in Spearman, Texas, collaborated with Northwest Central Texas EMS Resources, Inc. to create a program that arms registered nurses with the knowledge and training of an emergency medical technician with a class titled RN to Basic.

Positive Outcomes:

  • Reduced emergency room wait times
  • Better utilized local emergency medical services (EMS) due to an increase in staffing and decrease in costs of care
  • Increased collaboration and mutual support across city, county and state boundaries

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EMS in West Texas has a history of collaboration and mutual support across city, county and state boundaries. HCHD expects to continue this project and collaborate with the other entities that were involved from the beginning. Jonathan Bailey, Chief Executive Officer, shares that this class is just one example of the innovative approaches to addressing rural health. “The RN to Basic class is just one example of the innovative strategies rural health care providers must utilize to meet our unique staffing challenges. HCHD is extremely honored to receive this award and we feel it shows our commitment to providing quality health care to our patients and our community.”

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB1RH24206, Information Services to Rural Hospital Flexibility Program Grantees, $1,100,000 (0% financed with nongovernmental sources). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.