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Collingsworth General Hospital

1013 15th Street
P.O. Box 1112
Wellington, Texas 79095
(806) 447-2521
Fax: (806) 447-2421
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About us

Collingsworth General Hospital is committed to providing quality healthcare through a team of dedicated medical providers and caring staff.

Serving the Texas Panhandle for over 80 Years, Collingsworth General is a Critical Access hospital located in Wellington, Texas, approximately 100 miles and 2 hours southeast of Amarillo, Texas, and 167 miles and 3 hours northeast of Lubbock, Texas. The hospital is licensed for 13 inpatient acute care beds, all of which may be used as "swing beds" or skilled nursing beds.

The hospital is designated a Level IV Trauma Center, providing emergency services for the residents of Collingsworth and surrounding counties. In addition, area residents can obtain a wide range services at the hospital minimizing the need to travel long distances for healthcare. These services include: physical therapy, general radiology, CT imaging, mobile MRI services, laboratory services and nutrition counseling.

Throughout its history, ownership of CGH has changed to reflect the needs and demands of the ever changing healthcare environment. The first hospital was located in a two-story house until 1935 when Dr. E.W. Jones built a new hospital next door. After several years, Dr. Jones found it difficult to maintain the operations of the hospital and in March 1938 transferred ownership to the Community of Sisters. Shortly after, four Sisters set out for the unknown territory of the Texas Panhandle and were welcomed with open arms by the doctors and their families.

Unfamiliar with the Community of Sisters and their work, it was difficult for the residents of Collingsworth County to fully accept the Sisters. Many patients who were able to leave the hospital after the Sisters arrived choose to do so at that time. Eventually the Sisters were accepted by the community and the hospital began to operate as a fully functioning healthcare facility for the benefit of the Texas Panhandle community residents and their families.

The first set of triplets was born in Collingsworth County on November 6, 1941, and around 1945 the first X-ray machine was installed in the hospital. Collingsworth County was not immune to the racial tensions occurring across the country during this era. Segregation was a part of hospital operations in all departments including the maternity ward.

In 1951, the Sisters built an expansion to the hospital and in 1963 more new construction yielded a two-story addition. The expansion included a new surgery suite, several semi-private patient rooms and a nursery. This was a big step in the hospital's history because the new construction gained the attention and approval of the American College of Surgeons in meeting expectations set forth for hospitals performing surgery.

With the support of the community, the Collingsworth County Hospital District (CCHD) assumed responsibility for the hospital in 1972, successfully guiding hospital operations for another 32 years. In 2004, faced with significant turnover among administration and the medical staff, and declines in utilization and financial performance, the CCHD reached out to Preferred Management Corporation (Preferred) to lease the hospital and restore staffing and financial stability.

The community has always supported the need for a locally based hospital and team of medical professionals dedicated to the delivery of quality healthcare. When the Hospital District fell on hard times, the community stepped forward and raised $260,000 in less than two months to keep the hospital open.

In 2008, recognizing the deficiencies of the 50-plus year old buildings, the Hospital District secured the approval of county voters for a $6.245 million bond issue to construct an 11,857 square foot addition to the hospital including a new inpatient unit and emergency department. The addition provided accessible inpatient facilities for acute care and skilled nursing patients and allowed for the provision of state-of-the-art emergency services. Funds were also used to construct a new 6,891 square foot Collingsworth Family Medicine clinic building.

Throughout the years in the different facilities that housed the hospital, the one thing that has remained constant for Collingsworth General Hospital is that there have always been medical providers and hospital staff dedicated to the delivery of high quality healthcare close to home for the Collingsworth County community with listening, sharing and healing as top priorities.

Our Staff
- Medical Providers
Wesley Nickens, M.D.
Wesley Nickens, M.D. attended both Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors with a bachelors degree in clinical laboratory science. He earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and completed a residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Family and Community Medicine, Amarillo, Texas. Nickens served one year as the Chief Resident. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Prior to joining Collingsworth Family Medicine, he maintained a clinic in Amarillo where he practiced family medicine as well as urgent care and emergency medicine. He also worked for a local hospice agency. Nickens was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle town of Borger. He and his wife, Marisol, have five children.
Bethany Pickard, MD
Bethany Pickard, MD
practices internal medicine at Collingsworth Family Medicine and Collingsworth General Hospital. She completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), Amarillo, earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from TTUHSC School of Medicine, Lubbock, and her Bachelors of Science degree from Texas Tech University, Lubbock. She also attended the TTUHSC School of Pharmacy, Amarillo, for a year before deciding to go to medical school.
A second generation physician, Dr. Pickard was born in Clifton, Texas, and raised in Valley Mills, Texas. The family moved to Crosbyton, Texas, when Dr. Pickard was five, and her father continues to practice family medicine there. Dr. Pickard lives in Wellington with her husband Justin, an information technology professional and operations manager for Pickard Family Farms in Estacado, Texas.
- Physician Assistant
Joshua "Josh" Wright, PA-C graduated from the physician assistant program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas.  As part of the program he completed rotations in family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, psychiatry, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and internal medicine.  Prior to becoming a physician assistant, Wright worked for 15 years as an EMT, paramedic and firefighter in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  He enjoys taking care of the whole patient and the entire family, but also uses his skills and experience to cover the emergency room.
Wright grew up in Perrin, Texas, just outside of Jacksboro in North Central Texas, and spent much of his summers, spring breaks and Christmas holidays in West Texas with his maternal and paternal grandparents.  He and his wife Carrie always planned to return to a small community to work and raise their two sons.  
- Consulting Specialists
Rajesh Nambiar, MD
Rajesh Nambiar, MD is a board certified interventional cardiologist who has been practicing with the Amarillo Heart Group for the last four years. He staffs a cardiology clinic at Collingsworth Family Medicine one day per month for the convenience of area patients. Dr. Nambiar completed his internal medicine training at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, where he was also honored to serve as the chief resident. He furthered his training with fellowships in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Cook County Hospital and Rush Medical Center, Chicago, respectively. As a result of this training, he is well equipped to manage cardiac disease and perform a wide range of diagnostic and interventional heart and vascular procedures.
- Chief Nursing Officer
Vikki Barton, RN
Vikki Barton, RN is a long-time resident of Wellington, Texas, who has worked for Collingsworth General Hospital since 1998 when she started as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). She returned to school to earn her advanced nursing degree, was promoted to the position of Registered Nurse in 2005 and then to her current position as Chief Nursing Officer in 2011. Barton has nursing experience in a variety of medical areas such as trauma, pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiac, discharge planning, respiratory therapy, wound care, physical therapy and hospice care.
- Hospital Administrator
Candy Powell
Candy Powell graduated from Wellington High School in 1987. She received her associate degree in radiology from Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas, in 1989 and completed her training at Northwest Texas Hospital. She began her career in healthcare as an X-ray technician at Elk City Community Hospital, joining the staff of Collingsworth General Hospital as the director of radiology. By 1996 Powell was overseeing the operations of the radiology and laboratory, housekeeping, maintenance and central supply departments. In September 2001 she was promoted to assistant administrator of the hospital and was named hospital administrator in August 2006. Powell has a strong commitment to Collingsworth General Hospital and the community because she loves working in her hometown and taking care of her friends and neighbors. Powell is married to Jeff Powell and has three children, Mason, Keedon and Brecklyn ages 18, 15 and three.

HIPAA Policy


We are committed to protecting the confidentiality of your medical information within the hospital and how we may disclose it to others outside the hospital. You will also be given a copy of your rights concerning your own health information. Please review it carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

How will we use and disclose your medical information?

We may use medical information to provide you with medical services and supplies. We may also disclose your medical information to others that need that information to treat you, such as doctors, physician assistants, nurses, medical and nursing students, technicians, therapists, emergency service and medical transportation providers, medical equipment providers and others involved in your care.

We also may use and disclose your medical information to contact you to remind you of an upcoming appointment, to obtain registration information, to inform you about possible treatment options or alternatives or to tell you about health related services available to you.

Patient Directory: In order to assist family members and other visitors in locating you while you are in the hospital, the hospital maintains a patient directory. This directory includes your name, age, gender, room number, type of service, name of physician and your religious affiliation (if any). We will disclose this information to someone who asks for you by name, although we will disclose your religious affiliation only to clergy members. If you do not want to be included in the hospital's patient directory, please inform the hospital personnel.

Family Members and Others Involved in Your Care: We may disclose your medical information to a family member or friend who is involved in your medical care or to someone who helps pay for your care. We also may disclose your medical information to disaster relief organizations to help locate a family member or friend in a disaster. If you do not want the hospital to disclose your medical information to family members or others who will visit you, please inform hospital personnel.

Payment: We may use and disclose your medical information to get paid for the medical services and supplies we provide to you.

Hospital Operations: We may use and disclose your medical information if it is necessary to improve the quality of care we provide to patients or to run the hospital. We may use your medical information to conduct quality improvement activities, to obtain audit, accounting or legal services or to conduct business management and planning. Many of our patients like to make contributions to the hospital. The hospital or its foundation may contact you in the future to raise money for the hospital. If you do not want the hospital or its foundation to contact you for fund raising, please inform hospital personnel.

Research: We may use or disclose your medical information for research projects, such as studying the effectiveness of a treatment you received. These research projects must go through a special process that protects the confidentiality of your medical information.

Public Health: We also may report certain medical information for public health purposes such as reporting births, deaths and communicable diseases to the State of Texas. We may also need to report patient problems to the FDA or may notify patients of recalls of products they are using.

Law Requirements/Public Safety: The federal, state or local law enforcement agencies sometimes require us to disclose patients' medical information for public safety purposes in limited circumstances, providing medical information to law enforcement officials in response to a search warrant or a grand jury subpoena, to assist law enforcement officials in identifying or locating a person, to prosecute a crime of violence, to report deaths that may have resulted from criminal conduct, and to report criminal conduct at the hospital. We are required to report child abuse or neglect and must provide certain information to law enforcement officials in domestic violence cases. We are required to give information to the Texas Workers Compensation Program for work-related injuries. We also may disclose your medical information to law enforcement officials and others to prevent a serious threat to health or safety.

Health Oversight Activities: We may disclose medical information to a government agency that oversees the hospital or its personnel, such as the Texas Department of Health Services, the federal agencies that oversee Medicare, the Board of Medical Examiners and the Board of Nursing.

Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Director: We may disclose medical information concerning deceased patients to coroners, medical examiners and funeral directors to assist them in carrying out their duties.

Organ and Tissue Donation: We may disclose medical information to organizations that handle organ, eye or tissue donation or transplantation.

Military, Veterans, National Security and Other Government Purposes: If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release your medical information as required by military command authorities or to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The hospital may also disclose medical information to federal officials for intelligence and national security purposes, for Presidential Protective Services, or to the Department of State for its security clearances.

Judicial Proceedings: The hospital may disclose medical information in a lawsuit if the hospital is ordered to do so by a court if the hospital receives a subpoena or a search warrant. You will receive advance notice about this disclosure in most situations so that you will have a chance to object to sharing your medical information.

Information with Additional Protection: Certain types of medical information have additional protection under state or federal law. For instance, medical information about communicable and HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse treatment and court ordered mental evaluation is treated differently than other types of information; the hospital is required to get your permission before disclosing that information to others in most circumstances.

Other Uses and Disclosures: If the hospital wishes to make use or disclosure of your medical information for a purpose that is not discussed in this Notice, the hospital will seek your permission. If you give your permission to the hospital, you may take back that permission any time, unless we have already relied on your permission to use or disclose the information.

Right to Request Your Medical Information: You have the right to look at your own medical information and to get a copy of that information. (The law requires us to keep the original record.) This includes your medical record, your billing records, and other records we use to make decisions about your care. To request your medical information, submit a written request to: Collingsworth General Hospital, Health Information Management, 1013 15th Street, Wellington, TX 79095.

If you request a copy of your information, we will charge you for costs to copy the information. We will tell you in advance what this copying will cost. You can look at your record at no cost.

Right to Request Amendment of Medical Information You Believe Is Erroneous or Incomplete:
If you examine your medical information and believe that some of the information is wrong or incomplete, you may ask us to amend your record. To make a request to amend your medical information, submit a written request to: Collingsworth General Hospital, Health Information Management, 1013 15th Street, Wellington, TX 79095.

Right to Get a List of Certain Disclosures of Your Medical Information: You have the right to request a list of many of the disclosures we make of your medical information. If you would like to receive such a list, submit a written request to: Collingsworth General Hospital, Health Information Management, 1013 15th Street, Wellington, TX 79095.

Right to Request Restrictions on How the Hospital will use or disclose Your Medical Information for Treatment, Payment or Health Care Operations: You have the right to request us NOT to make uses or disclosures of your medical information to treat you, to seek payment for care, or to operate the hospital. We are not required to agree to your request, but if we do agree, we will comply with that agreement. If you want to request a restriction, submit your detailed request in writing to: Collingsworth General Hospital, Health Information Management, 1013 15th Street, Wellington, TX 79095.

Right to Request Confidential Communications: You have the right to request us to communicate with you in a way that you feel is more confidential. For example, you can ask us not to call your home, but to communicate only by mail. To do this, submit your detailed request in writing to: Collingsworth General Hospital, Health Information Management, 1013 15th Street, Wellington, TX 79095.

Right to a Paper Copy: Click here to download a paper copy of the notice from our website, or you may obtain a paper copy of the notice at: Collingsworth General Hospital, Health Information Management, 1013 15th Street, Wellington, TX 79095.

Changes to This Notice: From time to time, we may change our practices concerning how we use or disclose patient medical information or how we will implement patient rights concerning their information. We reserve the right to change this notice and to make the provisions in our new notice effective for all medical information we maintain. If we change these practices, we will publish a revised Notice of Privacy Practices. You can get a copy of our current notice of Privacy Practices at any time from hospital personnel.

Which Health Care Providers Are Covered By This Notice? This Notice of Privacy Practices applies to the hospital and its personnel, volunteers, students and trainees. The notice also applies to other health care providers that come to the hospital to care for patients, such as physicians, physician's assistants, therapists and other health care providers that are not employed by the hospital, emergency service providers, medical transportation companies and medical equipment and supplies that come to the hospital. These health care providers will follow this notice for information they receive about you from the hospital. These other health care providers may follow different practices at their own office or facilities.

Do You Have Concerns or Complaints? Please tell us about any problems or concerns you have with your privacy rights or how the hospital uses or discloses your medical information. If you have a concern, please contact: Quality Coordinator at (806) 447-2521.

If, for some reason, the hospital cannot resolve your concern, you may also file a complaint with the federal government. To file a complaint against the hospital please contact: Regional Manager, CMS Region IX, 50 United Nations Plaza, Rm. 322, San Francisco, CA 94102. We will not penalize you or retaliate against you in any way for filing a complaint with the federal government.

Do you have questions? The hospital is required by law to give you this notice and to follow terms of the notice that is currently in effect. If you have any questions about how the hospital may use and disclose your medical information, please contact: Quality Coordinator at (806) 447-2521.

Notice Regarding Payment Policy

The hospital and clinic serve all patients regardless of inability to pay. Discounts for essential services are offered depending upon family size and income. You may apply for a discount at the front desk.

Patient/Family Concerns

Our facility strives to provide quality patient care in a safe manner. However, if you or your family has any concerns about patient care and safety in the organization, please contact administration at (806) 447-2521.

Candy Powell
Collingsworth General Hospital
1013 15th Street
P.O. Box 1112
Wellington, Texas 79095
Telephone: (806) 447-2521
Fax: 806-447-2421
Collingsworth Family Medicine
1011 15th Street
P.O. Box 1112
Wellington, Texas 79095
Telephone: (806) 447-5311
Fax: 806-447-3090

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