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From Loree Tamayo, CEO

As the CEO of a hospital district, it is a common practice to write a letter to the community for the website. I have read many of these letters and, to be honest, I have never understood them.

I relate to other CEO’s pride in the care provided and the many ways their districts support their communities. I feel that way too, but I know that a CEO is probably the last reason why you would choose Dallam Hartley Counties Hospital District to care for you. Most of our patients will never know who I am, and that is exactly how it should be. You come to our hospital district because of the people who take care of you. The kind nurse who helped your child be brave when he got his shots, the doctor who took the time to explain a complicated condition in a way you could understand, the nursing home aide who helps your grandmother FaceTime her grandchildren on their birthdays.

I know that is why you come here because it is why I’m here too.

I love Dalhart. I love the people in Dalhart and how they take care of their own, in good times and bad. Our hospital district is no different. Nurses are taking care of their elementary school teachers and doctors are delivering their neighbors’ grandchildren. They use their training and education to help our small town be as healthy as possible, giving back to the town that raised them.

I can’t operate on anyone, give out medication or diagnose an illness, but I want to do my job as an administrator to help people in Dalhart and the surrounding area be as healthy as possible. For me, that means planning for and providing the resources the providers and staff need to do their jobs. It means working with the local community college to bring nursing and healthcare education to Dalhart. It means using technology to bring specialists to see our patients, without a long drive. It means ensuring that we have the resources to care for people in every season of life.

In this letter, I know I am supposed to write about how proud I am of our long history, the many services we have here and our commitment to quality care. All of that is true – I am proud. But I hope you know I am here for the same reasons you are, and I’m working hard to make sure that the people who make our hospital district great are able to care for you for years to come.