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The Connally Memorial Medical Center continues to respond to the challenges of an ever-changing and competitive health-care marketplace.

The hospital ended 2013 by expanding its reach into La Vernia with an urgent-care clinic that opened in December. While such a facility had been among the long-term goals for Connally’s continued turnaround, the efforts were ramped up when it was learned that San Antonio-based Fossil Creek Urgent Care planned to open centers in Floresville and La Vernia. Fossil Creek’s Eagle Ford Urgent Care opened in Floresville in late November.

Also related to clinics, Connally’s North County Health Center reopened with a new doctor, following being shuttered after the departure of Dr. Jerome Kizzart. Lawyers for both the hospital and Kizzart continued to hash it out following the 2010 failure of a physician recruitment agreement.

In addition to facilities, Connally also expanded its service offerings in Floresville with the addition of digital mammography, a telestroke program, and more. This came during the hospital’s continued financial recovery headed by its management firm, Endeavor Healthcare, which was granted a five-year contract renewal.

Through the hospital’s partnership with Endeavor, the Wilson Memorial Hospital District board of directors -- which manages Connally -- hired Brian Burnside as the hospital’s chief executive officer. He replaced Jerome Brooks, who will oversee hospitals in Texas and Oklahoma in a managerial role for Endeavor.

New faces also came to the board of directors following the May election, when Tom Ray, Tom Miller, and Larry Richardson ran unopposed to fill vacancies on the board.

Transition will be an ongoing theme for Connally, and for hospital systems throughout the nation, as the ramifications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 -- commonly known as “Obamacare” -- continue to be made known. Consultants from Royer-Maddox-Herro Advisors began the first of a series of sessions in April, which are aimed at helping Connally remain viable in the face of the sweeping legislation.
 

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