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Managed Medicaid Contracts in Place at TCMH for Area Patients

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Texas County Memorial Hospital and TCMH clinics located in Licking, Houston, Cabool and Mountain Grove have contracted with Home State Health Plans.

Home State Health Plans is a Managed Medicaid program to assist pregnant women and children covered under Childen’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  As of May 1, all Medicaid recipients in the CHIP program were assigned to a healthcare provider and received new cards listing the new Primary Care Provider (PCP).

According to Home State Health, patients aren’t locked into the PCP listed on the card.  Patients are allowed to see any provider that is contracted with Home State Health Plans, which includes all of the TCMH healthcare providers.

Patients are allowed to change their Managed Medicaid plan to utilize a TCMH provider if they are not already in a Home State Health plan.  Patients must make the change to Home State within 90 days by calling 1-800-348-6627.

Those who are aged, blind or disabled, including those with developmental disabilities served through the Missouri Department of Mental Health, are not included in the managed care system and will continue to receive services through the traditional MO HealthNet program administered by the state of Missouri.

TCMH Home Health of the Ozarks is contracted with Home State Health Plans and with MO Care for their patients that are included in the new managed care services.

For additional information about Medicaid services and healthcare providers at TCMH, contact Anita Kuhn, TCMH controller, (417) 967-1277


Terri Bailey is Employee of the Month

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Terri Bailey (left) with Ann Hamilton, radiology director.

Texas County Memorial Hospital has named Terri Bailey of Bucyrus the April employee of the month.

Bailey is a technologist in the radiology department at TCMH, and she has worked in the department for over 35 years.  Bailey was nominated for the award by her supervisor, Ann Hamilton, radiology department director.

“Terri maintains precise accurate records for our federal mammography quality and accreditation requirements, and with her help we have ‘zero deficiencies’ every year in our surveys,” Hamilton said, describing Bailey’s work as “amazing”.

“Terri’s primary responsibility is mammography, and we have patients that request Terri when they schedule their annual mammogram,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton noted that Bailey is trained to work in multiple modalities in the department, and she doesn’t hesitate to help out with other radiology department needs when needed.

This is Bailey’s second time to receive employee of the month honors at TCMH.  Bailey was also employee of the month in June 2004.

As employee of the month, Bailey received a certificate honoring her achievement; a pin; a special parking place in the TCMH lot; one day of paid vacation; a $50 gift card, and gift certificates to Paws N Claws, D&L Florist; Blissful Nirvana Massage, Wehr Motors, and Savor Grill.  A reception will be held at the hospital in honor of Bailey.

Bailey is eligible for the 2017 TCMH employee of the year award.


New Incubator Purchased with Grant Funding

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The new incubator in the TCMH lab.

The new incubator in the Texas County Memorial Hospital laboratory looks like a fancy college dorm fridge.  An unknowing visitor to the microbiology room in the lab would never know that the new incubator has decreased turnaround times for laboratory cultures and improved staff efficiency.

“We typically handle 20 to 30 specimens that need to be cultured daily in our microbiology lab,” Kirby Holmes, TCMH laboratory director, explained.

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms such as bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi and protozoa.  A small portion of the TCMH laboratory is devoted to microbiology services, and all cultures require some incubation in the laboratory.

The majority of the labs that require culturing at TCMH are generated by hospital inpatients and emergency room patients.  Common specimens that are collected at TCMH are incubated to check for things like urinary tract infections, wound cultures, staph infections, strep and C-difficile.  An incubator provides an environment of enhanced carbon dioxide which the specimen needs to facilitate growth of bacteria.

Prior to the addition of the new incubator, technologists in the TCMH lab would create their own enhanced environment of carbon dioxide by using glass jars and lit candles.  The previous incubation method was “time consuming”, according to Holmes.

The new Fisher Scientific Isotemp Direct Heat C02 Incubator is set at human body temperature—37 degrees Celsius.  A constant stream of carbon dioxide fed into the incubator to create the ideal environment for growing bacterial cultures.

The incubator is filled with petri dishes and other vessels where the laboratory specimen may grow or not grow depending upon how the specimen is cultured.  The TCMH lab starts the cultures from specimens collected from hospital patients, and those cultures are sent on to Boyce and Bynum Pathology Laboratory in Columbia where the final laboratory results are generated.

“This incubator provides the optimal environment and space for differential cultures in multiple petri dishes,” Holmes said, adding, “We are able to isolate and identify bacteria more quickly and easily.”

Holmes explained that starting the specimen cultures in house provides a jump of a few hours on identifying bacteria and starting treatment.

“The new incubator can decrease our wait time for a culture to grow by up to a day,” Holmes said.

A microbiology analyzer for blood cultures is set up to alert the lab staff when the blood cultures are ready to be placed in petri dishes in the incubator for additional specimen growth.

All of the technologists in the TCMH laboratory use the new incubator and the microbiology tools available in the lab.

“Our techs love the new incubator, and we are very grateful to the Timmons Foundation and the TCMH Healthcare Foundation for helping us add to our microbiology tools,” Holmes said.

TCMH was able to obtain the new incubator machine through a $4,200 grant from the Bess Spiva Timmons Foundation and additional funding support of $984 from the TCMH Healthcare Foundation.

“The Healthcare Foundation’s partnership with the Timmons Foundation to provide grant funding to purchase the new incubator helps us improve the timeliness of the laboratory results our patients need,” Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer, said.

Murray noted that patients in rural America typically have longer wait times for microbiology lab results due to the patient’s proximity to a pathology lab.

“With the right tools, our laboratory is able to get a jump start on the labs which is very important for the healthcare providers that are treating these patients,” Murray said.

The grant funding for the incubator also included the funds for a carbon dioxide gas regulator and a decontamination kit.

The Timmons Foundation is a private family foundation of the descendants of Bess Spiva Timmons.  The late Dr. Joe L. Spears, a long-time family practice physician from the Cabool area, is a past president of the Timmons Foundation Board.  Tim Spears, son of Dr. Joe L. Spears, assisted in obtaining the funding for TCMH through his family’s foundation.

The TCMH Healthcare Foundation is the non-profit organizational arm of the hospital with a mission to ensure the quality of healthcare services for children, women and men at TCMH.

“The Healthcare Foundation was pleased to partner with the Timmons Foundation to provide another tool for our staff to use to improve the patient healthcare and outcomes at TCMH,” Jay Gentry, TCMH Healthcare Foundation director, said.


Sports Physicals Offered for Area Athletes

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The Texas County Memorial Hospital Medical Complex is sponsoring sports physicals for area high school and middle school athletes at the TCMH Medical Complex on Friday, June 9 from 1 to 5 p.m.

The TCMH Medical Complex is located at 1337 South Sam Houston Blvd., right beside the hospital.

There is a $5 charge for the physicals.  No appointment is necessary.  Athletes need to bring the MSHSAA form signed by a parent or guardian to the physicals.  These forms are available through athletic coaches, and copies of the form are also available at the clinic.

For more information, contact Lacey Ellsworth at the clinic, (417) 967-5435.


First DAISY Award Given and Nurses Honored at TCMH

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A week of celebrating nurses at Texas County Memorial Hospital culminated with a “Nurses’ Day” event recognizing specific nurses at TCMH on May 5.

Texas County Memorial Hospital named its first DAISY Award recipient on Friday—Bailey Walker, an LPN on the medical surgical floor at TCMH.  Walker was nominated for the award by Linda Pamperien, whose grandfather, Wilbur Mayfield, was a patient under Walker’s care for two months at TCMH.  Left to right are Pamperien; Doretta Todd-Willis, TCMH chief nursing officer; Omanez Fockler, TCMH board of trustees member; Wes Murray, TCMH chief excutive officer; Walker; John Sawyer, TCMH med surg director; Shelby and Lylah Ellison, granddaughters of Wilbur Mayfield.

Texas County Memorial Hospital named its first DAISY Award recipient on Friday—Bailey Walker, an LPN on the medical surgical floor at TCMH. Walker was nominated for the award by Linda Pamperien, whose grandfather, Wilbur Mayfield, was a patient under Walker’s care for two months at TCMH. Left to right are Pamperien; Doretta Todd-Willis, TCMH chief nursing officer; Omanez Fockler, TCMH board of trustees member; Wes Murray, TCMH chief excutive officer; Walker; John Sawyer, TCMH med surg director; Shelby and Lylah Ellison, granddaughters of Wilbur Mayfield.

Bailey Walker of Pottersville, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the medical surgical department at TCMH, received the first DAISY (Diseases Attacking the Immune System) Award, and the highest recognition awarded at the event for TCMH LPNs and registered nurses (RN) at TCMH.

The DAISY Award is part of the non-profit DAISY Foundation of Glen Ellen, CA.  The Foundation was established by the family of J. Patrick Barnes.  Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease.

The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while Patrick was ill and hospitalized inspired the DAISY Award as a way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

The DAISY award recipient must be nominated for a specific act of extraordinary care that was experienced by the person making the nomination.  Walker was nominated for the award by Linda Pamperien in recognition of the care provided to Pamperien’s grandfather, Wilbur Mayfield, while he was an inpatient for two months at TCMH.

In the nomination, Pamperien described Walker as “amazing”.

“Someone in our family stayed with my grandpa 24/7 while he was hospitalized,” Pamperien said. “We always found Bailey to be willing to listen to us or to answer any questions, and she was personable and compassionate at all times.”

Pamperien’s nomination explained that Mayfield had his 97th birthday inside the hospital, and Walker brought him a cupcake and arranged for Happy Birthday to be sung at his bedside.

Walker’s family was invited to see her receive the award.

Walker received a special DAISY Award pin; a recognition certificate, a bouquet of fresh daisies, and a hand-carved stone sculpture called “A Healer’s Touch”.  An additional recognition ceremony in the TCMH medical surgical department with Walker will feature cinnamon rolls because Cinnabon cinnamon rolls were a personal favorite food of Patrick Barnes during his hospitalization, and he always shared the cinnamon rolls with the nursing staff.

Tamera Dodge, an LPN at the TCMH Medical Complex, and Crystal Carson, a student nurse intern also received special recognition for also being nominated for DAISY awards at TCMH.

Some of the nurses from TCMH that were recognized for outstanding dedication and excellence in their department.

Some of the nurses from TCMH that were recognized for outstanding dedication and excellence in their department.

One nurse from each TCMH department with nursing staff was given recognition for “outstanding nursing achievements and excellence”.  The nurses were Shelly Beck, LPN, medical surgical department; Elizabeth Curtis, RN, emergency department; Sandy Eaton, LPN, Hospice of Care; Jasmine Frietas, LPN, obstetrics department; Delilah Jones, RN, intensive care unit; Cameron Kuhn, LPN, Home Health of the Ozarks; Leslie Mahan, RN, surgery, and Nadine Wallace, LPN, TCMH clinics.

Nurses week had a M*A*S*H* theme, so TCMH also recognized Belinda Woods, an RN in the obstetrics department, for her 25 years in the Army.

Belinda Woods, RN, was recognized for 25 years of service in in the US Army before becoming a nurse at TCMH.

Belinda Woods, RN, was recognized for 25 years of service in in the US Army before becoming a nurse at TCMH.

Also during the week, a mandatory nursing skills lab was provided for the nursing staff.  Twelve stations provided education—some of which were hands on—on topics such as wound and skin care, drug-resistant organisms, patient safety, chest tubes and medications.

Scrubs on Wheels came to TCMH to allow nurses and other employees the opportunity to shop for uniforms during the day.  All nurses were given a gift certificate to shop at the store.

On Friday breakfast or lunch was served to all members of the TCMH nursing staff.

TCMH currently employs 106 nurses.  The nurses work in many departments of the hospital—medical surgical, obstetrics, emergency room, surgery, intensive care, home health, hospice, and clinics


Sierra Scott is Employee of the Month

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Texas County Memorial Hospital has named Sierra Scott of Edgar Springs the March employee of the month.

Scott is a registered respiratory therapist in the cardiopulmonary department at TCMH, and she has worked in the department for a little over a year.  Scott was nominated for the award by her supervisor, Lauren Toman, cardiopulmonary department director.

“Sierra is new to the field, but she takes her job responsibly like a senior therapist,” Toman said, explaining that Scott has “jumped in” willing to learn all of the outpatient therapies offered at TCMH.

“Sierra treats patients with respect, and she embodies the values of TCMH,” Toman said.

Toman described Scott as “reliable, hardworking and steady”.  She explained that Scott readily helps out when staffing is low or the work load is high.

As employee of the month, Scott received a certificate honoring her achievement; a pin; a special parking place in the TCMH lot; one day of paid vacation; a $50 gift card, and gift certificates to Paws N Claws, D&L Florist; Blissful Nirvana Massage, Wehr Motors, and Savor Grill.  A reception will be held at the hospital in honor of Scott.

Scott is eligible for the 2017 TCMH employee of the year award.

Sierra Scott (left), with her supervisor, Lauren Toman.

Sierra Scott (left), with her supervisor, Lauren Toman.


Annual Hospital Audit Shows Positive Cash Flow Even with Net Loss

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Texas County Memorial Hospital ended 2016 with a net position of -$1,203,806.00 in excess revenues over expenses hospital board members and administration heard at their monthly meeting on Tuesday.  The number represents an $800,000 improvement over the county hospital’s loss in 2015.

David Taylor, senior manager at BKD, LLP of Springfield, MO and Stephanie Weis, partner at BKD, presented the annual audit report at the monthly meeting.

“TCMH increased revenues and decreased expenses in 2016, which is a good sign of management making good decisions throughout the year,” Taylor said.

Taylor explained that the final, audited numbers show about a $100,000 increase to the bottom line reported to board members before the audit.

“The numbers you are seeing every month are accurate,” Taylor said.  “In our audit we tweak the estimates with information that’s available to us after the year has ended.”

In 2016, grants and donations to the TCMH Healthcare Foundation totaled $200,006.  In 2015, grants and donations totaled $619,196. Although the Healthcare Foundation funds are designated for specific purposes, the numbers are included the overall year end fiscal results.

“A key distinction that separates your hospital from other hospitals your size is your ability to raise additional funds for the hospital through outside donations and grants,” Taylor said.  He pointed out that in the past five years, the Healthcare Foundation has brought in over $3.7 million from outside sources.

In 2016, TCMH increased revenues 5.77 percent, up to $1,638,123.  Expenses in 2016 increased by 2.53 percent, up $770,560 for the year.

Since completing a major expansion of the hospital in 2013 depreciation expense has increased to about $2 million annually.

“This is nothing to be alarmed about, and it’s okay to have a loss with the other related financials showing increased revenues,” Taylor said.

Long-term debt at the hospital decreased in 2016 with TCMH paying down the current debt and not taking on any new long-term debt.

Taylor described the hospital’s current debt of $17.5 million as “not an alarming amount”. Positive cash flows in 2016 allowed TCMH to put an additional $281,928 in the bank, an increase of over 60 percent in comparison to 2015.

In 2016 TCMH brought in additional funds through the 340b pharmaceutical program.  TCMH added three new physicians in 2016, Dr. Juan Mella, pulmonologist; Dr. Cory Offutt and Dr. Jennifer Groner, family medicine and obstetrics physicians, and the inpatient and outpatient hospital revenues of those providers should add to 2017 revenues at TCMH.

Medicare and Medicaid funds made up $14,076,363 in 2016 revenues, dollars that would not have returned back to Texas County without the hospital and its clinics.

TCMH also provided $6,679,726 in uncompensated care for area healthcare services in 2016, up from $5,501,463 in 2015.

Taylor provided information about the current healthcare industry from an accounting point of view with hospital board members.  He noted that the overall numbers of uninsured in the nation have decreased since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law in 2010.  He also explained that TCMH and other Missouri hospitals have not fully benefited from the Affordable Care Act because Medicaid was not expanded in the state as federal legislators intended.

“We are paying for expanded Medicaid coverage, but we have not seen the benefit in Missouri,” Taylor said.

Taylor explained that proposed American Healthcare Act may change federal healthcare law but the general consensus in the healthcare industry was that the changes would not be beneficial to anyone.

“Changes are coming to the way hospitals and physicians are paid,” Taylor reported.

The Department of Health and Human Services has the goal of changing the way 50 percent of Medicare and Medicaid claims are paid by the end of 2018.

Taylor expects additional cost shifting pressure on hospitals as well as pressure to “bend the cost curve” with new payment models and program and increased initiatives related to
“health improvement”.

BKD sends an audit team to TCMH each March, spending about a week pouring over hospital financial information from the previous year.  The firm takes about a month to complete the audit information including expense statements, balance sheets, statement of cash flows and other information that comprises the financial report documents presented at the April board meeting.

BKD uses historical TCMH data and data from other healthcare facilities for comparison purposes during the audit.  BKD also has access to the latest information regarding hospital payers which helps the firm reach concrete numbers in the final audit report.

Taylor described the relationship between TCMH and BKD as “mutually beneficial”.

“In working with you, we always come away with ideas on how to help the other rural hospitals that we work with,” Taylor said.

Taylor commended TCMH for “years of good decisions” that have helped TCMH weather recent tumultuous years in healthcare.  “A lot of rural hospitals have not been nearly as well prepared for the current healthcare climate,” he said.

Weis also commended TCMH for planning ahead and knowing that the hospital’s bottom line would take a hit with interest and depreciation expense related to major capital improvements.

“The strength of your balance sheet has helped you weather these healthcare storms a lot easier that some of your rural hospital counterparts,” Weis said.

In his administrative report, Wes Murray, TCMH chief executive officer, reported that 61 hospital employees completed the Safe Training and Responsible Restraints (STARR), the workplace violence reduction training program at TCMH.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created regulations for healthcare facilities to achieve a higher level of safety for patients, visitors, physicians, and staff.  The STARR training will help TCMH comply with the new regulations.

The Missouri Hospital Association chose TCMH to participate in the STARR program along with other hospitals in the state.

“I have received nothing but positive feedback from our employees that participated in the training program,” Murray said.

Murray also reported that 315 drivers participated in the Drive 4 UR Community event hosted by Romines Motor Company in Houston.

Ford Motor Company will donate $20 for every qualified test drive. The number of participants should be enough for Ford to give the $6,000 maximum donation to TCMH.

“We received tremendous community support for the event,” Murray said.  “We can’t thank Don Romines and his staff enough for asking us to be the recipient of this program.”

Over 100 TCMH employees participated in Drive 4 UR Community, and many employees brought friends and family members from across the county to participate, too.

Board members unanimously agreed to sign a letter of intent to create a Charter of Antimicrobial Stewardship at TCMH.  The letter is an official document showing the hospital board’s support of the establishment of systems and processes at TCMH for managing antibiotic usage.

CMS has developed new guidelines for antibiotic stewardship programs, and TCMH is working toward developing the necessary program to meet CMS guidelines.  The board of trustees approved letter was one step in the process.

Linda Pamperien, chief financial officer at TCMH, presented the financial report for the month of March.

“Inpatient and outpatient revenues exceeded our budgeted expectations in March,” Pamperien said.  Contractual adjustments and overall expenses we also down for the month.

TCMH ended the month of March with a positive bottom line of $110,117.09 and a positive year-to-date bottom line of $207,967.68.

Present at the meeting were Taylor; Weis; Murray; Pamperien; Doretta Todd-Willis, chief nursing officer; Joleen Senter Durham, public relations director; Ron Prenger, CoxHealth representative; Anita Kuhn, controller; Dr. Jonathan Beers, TCMH chief of staff; and board members Jim Perry; Mark Hampton; Jay Loveland, and Janet Wiseman.

Board member, Omanez Fockler, was not present at the meeting.

The next meeting of the TCMH board of trustees is Tue., May 23 at 12 p.m. in the hospital board room.


Free Diabetes Awareness Health Fair and Screening at TCMH

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Texas County Memorial Hospital is offering a free Diabetes Awareness Health Fair and Screening on Wednesday, May 10th from 7 to 10 a.m. in the Jayson Gentry Community Safe Room on the hospital campus.

The free diabetes screening is a blood test that includes a complete lipid panel and a hemoglobin A1C–the hemoglobin that is measured primarily to identify the three-month average plasma glucose concentration.  Participants should fast all food and drink except water for eight hours prior to having their blood drawn for the test.

Dietary education, information about healthy lifestyles and free healthcare educational information from vendors will be available.  Door prizes will also be awarded.

The fair and screening are free and open to the public.

Funding for the fair and screening are provided in part by a grant from Climb4ACure in Menlo Park, CA. Climb4ACure was founded in 2007 to raise funds to deliver supplies and treatment to underprivileged diabetics, to increase awareness that the underprivileged are disproportionately affected by the disease, and to increase awareness that physical fitness and proper diet are important in fighting the disease.  Climb4ACure has worked with healthcare partners across the US to deliver education, supplies and support to diabetics who cannot afford the care that they need to fight the disease.

For additional information about the diabetes health fair, contact Connie Brooks, education coordinator at TCMH, by calling 1-866-967-3311 or (417) 967-1340 or e-mail Brooks at cbrooks@tcmh.org.


Healthcare Foundation to Award $6,500 in Scholarships

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The Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation has opened the application window for $6,500 in educational scholarships for the fall 2017 academic year.

The TCMH Healthcare Foundation Educational Scholarship Program is designed to assist students that are pursuing or planning to pursue education in a healthcare related field or students currently working in healthcare that are pursuing additional education for their current career.

The Healthcare Foundation is in its eleventh year of awarding scholarships in the fall and the spring.  Students from towns across the county have received the scholarships.

In addition to two scholarships from the TCMH Healthcare Foundation, the Healthcare Foundation will also award the “Dr. Joe L. and Judith T. Spears Memorial Scholarship” and the “Dr. Eugene Charles Honeywell Memorial Scholarship”.  Both are endowed funds that are awarded to a deserving student annually.

Healthcare Services Group Charitable Foundation, the purchasing group that TCMH belongs to, provides matching funds for scholarships given by the TCMH Healthcare Foundation.  Those funds are available annually to the Healthcare Foundation and enable the Healthcare Foundation to give out an additional $3,000 in scholarships to area students.

“Educational scholarships are a major focus area of the Healthcare Foundation,” Jay Gentry, TCMH Healthcare Foundation director, stated.  “The board of directors of the Foundation recognizes the need to assist areas students in their educational endeavors with hopes that the student will return to or stay in the Texas County area to provide healthcare services to area residents after receiving additional education.”

The Healthcare Foundation has awarded over $75,000 in scholarship funds since the scholarship program began 11 years ago.

Endowed scholarships provide some of the educational funds, and the Healthcare Foundation hosts an annual golf tournament to raise money for the scholarship program.  The annual golf tournament is planned for early June.

Eligible students for the scholarships must be accepted to or currently enrolled in an accredited university, college or post-secondary training program.  Residents of the TCMH service area—all of Texas County and Mountain Grove—and students that are graduates of Texas County and Mountain Grove schools are eligible to apply.  Applicants already pursuing a career in a healthcare organization, or applicants planning to pursue a career in a health field with direct patient care are eligible to apply for the scholarships.

The scholarship application asks for information about the student and requires a short essay about the student’s career and educational goals.  Applicants are also asked to list community involvement activities on their application, and they may be asked to meet with Foundation board members for a short personal interview.

The deadline for the fall scholarship applications is July 1, 2017.  Awards for the scholarship will be announced by September 1, 2017.

For more information about the scholarship program or to receive an application, contact Gentry by phone at (417) 967-1377 or 1-866-967-3311, ext. 4202 or by e-mail at jgentry@tcmh.org.  The scholarship application and complete details are also available at www.tcmhfoundation.org.


Healthcare Foundation Plans Annual Golf Tournament

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Plans are underway for the twelfth annual Texas County Memorial Hospital Healthcare Foundation Charitable Golf Tournament at Oakwood Golf Course in Houston on Saturday, June 10th.

The tournament is a two-person scramble, and a team can play for $120, which includes a cart, green fees, mulligans and lunch.  Tee times are at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the tournament is limited to 40 teams.

Prizes will be awarded in four flights with three places in each flight.  The number of entrants in the tournament will determine prizes and flights.

There will be many prizes awarded including a hole in one prize and prizes for the longest drive and closest to the pin.  Entrants will also be eligible for door prizes.

The TCMH Healthcare Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to ensure the quality of healthcare services for children, women and men at TCMH.

“The TCMH Healthcare Foundation golf tournament assists us in developing the funds needed for our scholarship program, and it helps provide resources for capital projects,” Jay Gentry, TCMH Healthcare Foundation director, stated.

The Foundation awards four $1,000 scholarships during the school year—two in the spring and two in the fall—given since 2006.   The scholarships are awarded to students in the TCMH service area that are pursuing additional education in a healthcare field.

The Healthcare Foundation has awarded over $75,000 in scholarship funds since the scholarship program began.

The Foundation is already accepting applications for two $1,000 scholarships and other Foundation administered scholarships that will be awarded for the fall academic semester.

For more information, or to reserve a place in the tournament, contact Gentry at (417) 967-1377.


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