Van Zandt Regional Hospital reopens after 3-year closure

Van Zandt Regional Hospital opens its doors for the first time since 2019 on the 19th of this month.
Published: Sep. 1, 2022 at 11:27 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 2, 2022 at 11:10 AM CDT
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VAN ZANDT COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A rural hospital is preparing to re-open its doors after closing down three years ago, this time under new ownership.

Van Zandt Regional Hospital is located in Grand Saline. The new CEO of the hospital shares what they’re doing differently this time around. “Phase two is going to be opening the actual hospital, run 24/7 providing the ED [emergency department], the in-patient, the lab, x-ray, servicing traumas, transfers, all the things, and we’re staffing 24/7 with physicians here,” says the hospitals’ CEO, Richard Mathis.

Van Zandt Regional Hospital closed its doors in 2019, but is planning to reopen under new ownership and management later this month.

Innate Hospital LLC now owns the hospital, and they have contracted the owner of Hospital Rescue Management and Consulting, Richard Mathis, to run the hospital as CEO.

Phase one of the three phase plan took place in July of this year when they opened their Fast Track Urgent Care Clinic.

During phase two they will be working through their accreditation bodies, CISQ, based in McKinney.

Once opened, CISQ will do a survey of the hospital.

“Then they will sit down as a team, and either make a recommendation or not make a recommendation to Medicare so we can move into the Medicare program,” Mathis says.

Regarding Medicare trends, Mathis says, “We’re going from a fee schedule these days to now more of a value based off outcomes so we really have to focus on taking care of the whole patient, from the first step to the last step.”

Phase three will focus on offering rehab, wound care, surgery, and infusion services.

Mathis says he will be taking a new approach to running the hospital.

“From a medical standpoint, it’s access to healthcare,” Mathis says. “Having an ED [emergency department] right here in this part of the county will save lives, will help to stabilize, will be able to get them into the needed care, whether it be here with us or it be on a transfer into a tertiary.”

More than a million dollars was spent on renovations.