Community Specialty suspending operations

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

SHERMAN, Tex. -- The future of Community Specialty Hospital is still up in the air, but we do know that they are no longer operating for now.

Community Specialty Hospital CEO Travis Roderick held a press conference on Friday and in which he said services at the hospital would be temporarily suspended.

Roderick says he hopes to re-open the hospital under new management. Board president Julie Ellis Starr says that could take anywhere from 3 to 90 days.

Nurses and other staff have been given the opportunity to find new jobs, but Roderick says they will be the first to know if and when Community Specialty will open its doors again.

Roderick went on to say he cares deeply for the hospital and the patients and families they have served and hopes one day to be able to do that again.

"The future of the hospital is still uncertain at this time, but we have a great opportunity. Again it’s a complex situation, we have to figure out who is going to manage it," Roderick said.

Roderick says he will be at the hospital next week as a volunteer, and he will keep working to find a new management company to take over this facility. He says they will hopefully have more information for us in the next few weeks.

From Friday morning...
SHERMAN, Tex. -- The Community Specialty Hospital board of directors says Friday they are suspending operations.

No one will specifically say this hospital is closing, but the president of the board of directors, Julie Ellis Star, said Friday morning that the hospital has suspended operations because there are no patients left at the building but that hospital administrators would still be at work.

She also said the hospital is working to get another firm to take over the management, and they do have people interested. However, getting a new company to take over could take anywhere from three to 90 days.

On Thursday, there were signs on the door of the hospital that said "closing Friday, November 9th." But before the night was over, the sign on the pharmacy door was the only one remaining. The others had been removed.

We again tried to contact CEO Travis Roderick Friday morning and were told he was in a meeting.

We also pulled the hospital's 990 tax forms. Looking at the numbers for 2005, the tax forms show Sherman Community had a revenue of more than $11million dollars, with expenses close to the same.

We’re still sorting through the facts and numbers here. We were told Thursday that officials at Sherman Community would talk to us Friday at three o'clock.

There are no more patients at Sherman Community, but no word on where they may have been transferred to.

From Thursday....
SHERMAN, Tex. -- The future of Community Specialty Hospital in Sherman remains unsettled. After days of speculation over the future of a local hospital, Community Specialty in Sherman could be shutting down as early as Thursday.

KXII-TV has called every day this week to talk to Travis Roderick, the CEO of Community Specialty. All week, he has either denied any problems at Community Specialty or simply wouldn’t talk.

But in Thursday’s edition of the Herald Democrat, he's quoted as saying “there may be someone else operating this building,” and “management says they will suspend operations on Friday.”

This is a story we've dug into for more than a week now. We've had numerous calls and emails from viewers and employees at the hospital saying they've been told the hospital will close on Friday.

We've also been told they have not accepted new patients since last week.

When reached Thursday morning, Travis Roderick told KXII-TV what's in the paper is "not true", but wouldn't comment of the fate of the hospital except to say he will address the media on Friday at 3 p.m.

Roderick has been the CEO at Community Specialty since it opened three years ago. When he took over, the hospital was already in a serious amount of debt. We confirmed earlier this week that hospital officials had gone to city leaders, including Sedco, asking for help.

As for the hospital staff, Workforce Texoma told us they met with them Monday to help them file for unemployment or look for new jobs, but at that time the employees were not told when they would be terminated.

As for the doctors, hospital directors met with them Tuesday night to explain the current situation.

KXII-TV also called Senior Health Incorporated, the parent company of Sherman community, this morning and was hung up on twice.

A number of people who've identified themselves as hospital employees tell us the facility will close as early as Thursday or possibly Friday.

But what about the employees who work at Community Specialty?

We've spoken with several people who were told not to come to work, asked to turn in their ID badges, and even some who say they have no clue what's going on.

Roderick has been CEO since late last year, taking over from Stewart Powers, who had been in charge of the facility since it opened back in 2004.

We're still trying to get answers as to what is really going on here, and we'll be here if and when they shut the doors for good.

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  • by Gregg Location: Sherman on Nov 13, 2007 at 03:32 PM
    I was recruited to move my practice from a prior location in sherman to Community Specialty Hospital. On last Friday I was notified for the first time that i had to move my practice by Monday. I see some patient s are irrate becuase we ran late seeing patients with no phone, no fax, no warning of need to move, no charts available. I am not affiliated with the hospital but have been told by those in the industry that the corporate office in Tennesee has had administrative and financial difficulties. I am not aware of any issue on a local basis that have reulted in closure of this facility. I am appalled at the level of negative comments and unfounded speculation regarding the facility and the responsible people that have worked there.
  • by KXII Staff Location: Sherman on Nov 12, 2007 at 04:24 PM
    A number of comments have been removed from this story by KXII Staff due to editorial concerns. Thanks to all for your understanding on this matter.
  • by Opinionated Location: Texoma on Nov 9, 2007 at 02:18 PM
    Where did all the patients go?? Why is the hospital being so secretive?? Are they being sued?? Did they kill somebody?? Their refusal to give any straight answers are what is keeping curiosity going.
  • by Lynn Location: Sherman on Nov 9, 2007 at 11:29 AM
    To Tina, who is liz? I had a bad feeling from the first appt with the pain clinic. Had appt yesterday at new location, was kept waiting for over an hr. Dr's weren't even back from lunch come to find out. Walked out, that's it. Will demand a referral immediately. Advise all current pt to do the same.
  • by John Location: Pottsboro on Nov 8, 2007 at 09:29 PM
    Man, what's your hangup with this story? Because they wouldn't call you back? Geesh, just do your job and don't make your "newsteam" the center of attention.
  • by Kelli Location: Texas on Nov 8, 2007 at 09:07 PM
    I believe previous employees aren't talking to the media in person due to the fact that they still have to work in this tight little community and it could have an adverse effect on their present employment.
  • by John Location: Pack on Nov 8, 2007 at 08:12 PM
    when you read these articles and find blatant contradictions, you have to question all of it. Aren't these things proofed?
  • by me Location: Sherman on Nov 8, 2007 at 01:06 PM
    KXII, thanks for all the great work, keep digging. It seems like now if Community closes, BHC will just become even more crowded, especially for the mentally ill, which means more people being sent to state hospitals......I did not think 3 years ago when this place opened they would last very long, guess I was right.
  • by Lynn Location: sherman on Nov 8, 2007 at 12:56 PM
    It's been gone in spirit for a while... I was a pt at the pain center, very unorganized. Scary when it's your health! Traveling carny dr's is what they are.
  • by To KXII on Nov 8, 2007 at 11:20 AM
    Keep digging and keep up the good work. What are they going to do with the patients?
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