WINTERS - North Runnels Hospital District recently welcomed Richard Mathis as the new CEO of the hospital. The hospital will host an open house at 10 a.m. Tuesday October 3 for the community to come and meet Mr. Mathis.

WINTERS - North Runnels Hospital District recently welcomed Richard Mathis as the new CEO of the hospital. The hospital will host an open house at 10 a.m. Tuesday October 3 for the community to come and meet Mr. Mathis.

He started the job in August, 16 and hit the ground running. He replaced Judy Espitia, who resigned in June.

Mathis has been working in the hospital arena for more than two decades and began this career path as an adjunct to his career as a CPA.

He comes to Winters after working with rural hospitals throughout the state, particularly in West Texas as a consultant and administrator. Most recently he provided consulting and operational services to investor and institutional healthcare organizations. During this time, he has had the privilege of being an administrator at Reeves County Hospital in Pecos, Ward Memorial Hospital in Monahans and Highland Hospital in Lubbock.

“I enjoy the rural setting and over the years I have also provided consulting services to train CEOs and administrators of community hospitals as well as budget recovery services.

Each rural hospital is unique, but many have similar hurdles to overcome. Mathis said he plans to make sure that North Runnels Hospital strives to care for all its patients with an emphasis on the “senior population.”

Plans are underway to identify the needs of the community and set goals to address the healthcare needs of the community.

He added that NRH is in “very good shape,” both financially and as far as staffing and the care that is offered.

“We are blessed with a tenured staff here at North Runnels,” Mathis said.

He said the hospital is facing challenges, just like many other rural hospitals are facing. He added much like the area hospitals including Ballinger, Eden and Coleman have a similar patient base and are facing the same hurdles.

“We have to morph ourselves into providing more with less,” he said.

His goal in Winters is to identify the needs and to provide a continuum of care for all of the patients. That means coordinating everything from telemedicine, to care with larger area hospitals and securing specialists to come to Winters to see patients.

Mathis was born in Pecos and raised in Van Horn. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance. His wife Karla is employed with the Department of State Health Services/Provider Relations and they have two daughters, who are both attending Texas Tech University and are studying to be healthcare practitioners in the near future.