BRYAN – CHI St. Joseph Health and Bellville Hospital District announced last week that they have ended a lease agreement and CHI will no longer operate Bellville Hospital, effective May 7.
Bellville Hospital District intends to continue searching for a new partner to continue operations, said Ric Flores, a spokesman for TRG Health Solutions.
Flores issued the following information in a public statement:
“Bellville Hospital has a 90-year history in Austin County and is a special place for many residents. CHI St. Joseph Health began operations of Bellville Hospital in 2013. CHI St. Joseph Health and Bellville Hospital District have worked hard to overcome numerous challenges that confront a rural hospital in Texas, including declining patient volumes and reduced reimbursement rates. Due to its geographic distance and Bellville’s designation as an acute care hospital, rather than a critical access hospital, it has been increasingly difficult to create a sustainable model of rural healthcare in the community. With Bellville and Austin County’s proximity to Houston and Katy, the community has access to many healthcare options.
Theron Park, president and CEO of CHI St. Joseph Health, said CHI is grateful for Bellville Hospital’s service to the community for the past 90 years.
“This is an unfortunate situation, but we will work closely with the Bellville Hospital District in the coming months to help ensure patients continue to receive high-quality healthcare,” Park said. “We are doing everything we can to ensure that our employees are taken care of and to create an orderly transition. We sincerely thank them for the dedication they have given Bellville Hospital.”
Tony Causey, board chairman for the Bellville Hospital District, also addressed the matter, noting that the facility has served the community since 1928.
“We are focused on finding a partner to continue operations for our patients and employees during this process,” Causey said. “We want to also thank the Bellville Hospital Foundation and Auxiliary for their years of dedicated financial support.”
In the coming weeks and months, more information will be forthcoming about the transition, spokesman Flores said.
Patients with questions about this transition and the changes that may follow related to their healthcare services can call 979-413-7128. The Bellville community can reach the Hospital District Board spokesperson at 979-270-1807.
“Uninterrupted provision of care is the goal of the transition,” Flores added. “During this time period, Bellville Hospital will remain in operation and changes in services will be announced as soon as they become available.”