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Years of Experience
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Muleshoe Area Medical Center has served Bailey and surrounding counties for over 65 years, providing essential inpatient, outpatient and emergency health care services to community residents.
Of course, none of this would be possible without the physicians and mid-level providers who staff Medical Clinic of Muleshoe and Muleshoe Family Medicine Center, both Rural Health Clinics operated by the hospital.
Muleshoe Hospital owes its start to two physicians, Dr. L.T. (La Thagger) Green and Dr. M.F. Green, his brother, who built the Green Hospital and Clinic in Muleshoe in the late 1930’s, early 1940’s. The brothers were born in Proctor, Texas, in the 1900’s. Dr. L.T. Green graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, in 1936.
Green Hospital and Clinic was later sold to another group of physicians who renamed it West Plains Hospital and Clinic. In 1984, the hospital was leased by West Plains to Westworld Community Healthcare Inc., a national company who operated as many as 38 hospitals in 15 states. Westworld closed the hospital after 22 months due to financial problems, and later filed for bankruptcy.
When the hospital closed, another physician — Bruce Purdy, MD — was instrumental in finding a way to reopen it. He stayed when other physicians left, and even opened his clinic every evening for emergencies. He traveled back and forth to the hospital in Amherst where he provided care to the residents of Muleshoe, and delivered babies.
Dr. Purdy spent countless hours for no fees taking care of the elderly (even making house calls on some) to make sure during this time of crisis that people received care. With the help of many residents, he spent evenings painting, cleaning bathrooms, and repairing the hospital facilities to pass inspection and reopen.
The hospital was re-opened in 1987, with responsibility for operations assumed by the Muleshoe Area Hospital (MAH) District after it was formed in 1989.
The MAH District Board secured federal Critical Access Hospital designation for the hospital in 2007, helping to position the hospital well to survive in the increasingly complex health care environment.
In 2015, the MAHD Board of Directors leased the hospital to Preferred Hospital Leasing, Muleshoe, Inc., with management services provided by Preferred Management Corporation. Based in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Preferred was established in 1987. The company currently operates 9 Critical Access Hospitals and 10 Rural Health Clinics in Texas and Oklahoma.
Preferred attributes its rural health care success to its belief that hospital management should be local, professional and beneficial to all concerned – serving and acting in the best interest of patients, communities, medical and hospital staffs and boards of directors.
The MAH District continues to work with Preferred to meet community health care needs, and also operates the Parkview Nursing Care Cente
Muleshoe Area Medical Center purchased Muleshoe Family Medicine and Medical Clinic of Muleshoe in the late 1990s. Both clinics are now operated by the hospital as provider-based federally designated Rural Health Clinics.
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Meet our Hospital Leadership
Dennis Fleenor, RN, LNFA, MA, was appointed administrator of Muleshoe Area Medical Center (MAMC), effective March 3, 2016. He has worked in the healthcare industry for almost 20 years.
As an RN, Fleenor served as the CNO of Llano Specialty Hospital (formerly Southwest Regional Specialty Hospital), Lubbock. His transition to hospital administration began with his appointment as Regional Director for Fundamental, an LTAC company that operates Llano Specialty Hospital. He was later appointed CEO of the facility. Most recently, Fleenor served as the CEO of Lamb Healthcare Center, a hospital and Rural Health Clinic in Littlefield, about 30 minutes southeast of Muleshoe.
A Lubbock native, Dennis attended Texas Tech for a portion of his undergraduate experience, and continued with nursing school at the Levelland campus of South Plains College. He obtained his Master of Arts at the Forbes School of Business, and is also a licensed nursing home administrator.
Kristin Benavidez, MSN, RN serves as the chief nursing office of Muleshoe Area Medical Center. She brings over 17 years of healthcare experience to the position, working in both administrative and clinical areas of hospitals in Texas and New Mexico.
Prior to joining MAMC, Kristin served as a nursing instructor at Clovis Community College, Clovis, New Mexico, while also working as a registered nurse at Plains Regional Medical Center in Clovis. She has worked in numerous other nursing positions since 2007, including emergency room nurse and emergency room manager, staff nurse and inpatient manager, case manager and charge nurse bringing a wealth of experience to Muleshoe.
Kristin earned her Associates Degree of Science in Nursing from Clovis Community College and her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona. She also maintains active certifications in basic and advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and Trauma Nurse Care.
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