Thank You On Behalf Of The Stellar Staff at Plum Creek Specialty Hospital

A BIG Thank You to Oscar Rosenberg and Joe Neuman:

The staff at Plum Creek Specialty Hospital received beautiful scarves as a gift from Oscar Rosenberg, President of the Concord Group and Joe Neuman, CEO.

On behalf of the staff, Candice R. Smith CCRN, MSN, Chef Nursing Officer at the Hospital, issued a heartfelt note of appreciation – as well as this great picture to go along with it!

Christmas Picture

National Nurses Week: Honoring Exceptional Nurses in the Panhandle

April 29, 2015. Plum Creek Specialty Hospital is proud of the recognition bestowed upon two of the outstanding nurses integral to its medical team at the Texas Nurses Association – District 2 Recognition Dinner.

The event, an annual celebration intent on feting outstanding nurses during National Nurses Week, honored Tammy Clements and Charlie Velazco, two of the steadfast professionals in Plum Creek Specialty Hospital’s stellar team of nurses.

Tammy Clements, a leader in ICU for 16 years, is passionate about providing exceptional patient care and has devoted many hours both at the patient bedside and in an educator role, mentoring new nurses every step of the way. An outstanding leader, Tammy is certainly a role model, and the embodiment of the compassionate caregiver at the heart of the medical profession.

Charlie Velazco, a two-time award recipient for his excellent nursing care, started his nursing career 5 years ago in ICU. Always taking the initiative to improve the standards of care, Charlie is ever ready to go the extra mile for his patients, their families or his co-workers, thus impacting many lives with his proficiency, compassion and caring.

Displaying the professional satisfaction that comes with seeing members of one’s medical staff being recognized for their excellence, Scott Deig MHA, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer at Plum Creek Specialty Hospital states: “Nurses are at the heart of patient care at Plum Creek, and Tammy Clements and Charlie Velazco are clear representatives of our high clinical standards, quality of care and dedication to our patients and their families – every day of the year. We are certainly proud to have them on our team.”

Hosted at the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, the Recognition Dinner was a perfect opportunity for the medical community to convene in a night filled with excitement and appreciation for the dedication and proficiency nurses contribute to their workplace on a daily basis, and to the overall healthcare industry as a whole.

Concord Healthcare Group – Inaugurating a New Era of Growth at Plum Creek in Amarillo

April 1st, 2015 Concord Healthcare Group, a successful operator of Rehabilitation and Healthcare Centers in Texas, is expanding their impressive portfolio with the purchase of Rehabilitation Centers and Specialty Hospitals that reflect Concord’s resolute vision to deliver first-class Skilled Nursing and Long Term Acute Care services in the greater North Texas region.

Bolstering a continuum of family-oriented care and full range of health services with this acquisition, Joe Neuman and Oscar Rosenberg, founding principals of Concord Healthcare Group, are intent on developing niche programs based on the community’s particular needs.

Joining their quickly expanding Group, their newest acquisitions in Texas include:


  • Plum Creek Specialty Hospital and Plum Creek Healthcare Residence in Amarillo
  • Heritage Manor Healthcare Residence and Plano Specialty Hospital in Plano
  • Mesa Hills Healthcare Residence and Mesa Hills Specialty Hospital in El Paso


With their characteristic straight talk and no-nonsense attitudes, Neuman and Rosenberg state this acquisition means giving these new facilities a fresh start with Concord’s undisputed record of growth that is responsible, sustained and tailored to the medical needs of their communities.

This will prove to be of great benefit to all the newly acquired campuses, in particular to Plum Creek Healthcare Residence and Plum Creek Specialty Hospital, specializing in providing aggressive, interdisciplinary care to medically complex patients requiring specialized care and prolonged recovery.

Located on an expansive property, the Plum Creek Campus is poised to undergo a major transformation on both the administrative and operational level, bolstering delivery of care and commitment to the community.

Offering the convenience of highly specialized sub-acute and skilled nursing services on the same campus, Plum Creek ensures a smooth transition for the medically complex patients who unquestionably benefit from continuity of medical supervision and clinical interface at the core of Plum Creek’s multidisciplinary approach.

The new owners’ declared intention to embrace and support the management teams will enhance Plum Creek Healthcare Residence and Plum Creek Specialty Hospital’s culture of continuous interdisciplinary communication and, certainly propel them into a new era of transformation at every level.

Or, like Neuman and Rosenberg assert, “No false promises – just consistent delivery of the highest quality of Long Term Acute and Post Acute Care in the region”. Now, that is a fresh start worth looking forward to!

For more information and to schedule a visit, please contact Cortney Gunn at (806) 351-3098.

Plum Creek Specialty Program Awarded Hospital Accreditation From The Joint Comission

Amarillo, Texas – April 13, 2015. Concord Healthcare Group is proud to announce that Plum Creek Specialty Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Plum Creek Specialty Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey on April 10. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with hospital standards related to several areas, including emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, leadership, and medication management. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

“Joint Commission Accreditation provides hospitals with the process needed to improve in a variety of areas from the enhancement of staff education to the improvement of daily business operations”, said Mark G. Pelletier, RN, M.S., chief operating officer, Division of Accreditation and Certification Operations, The Joint Commission. “In addition, our accreditation helps hospitals enhance their risk management and risk reduction strategies. We commend Plum Creek Specialty Hospital for its efforts to become a quality improvement organization.”

Referring to the accreditation, Joe Neuman and Oscar Rosenberg, founding principals at Concord Healthcare Group, stated with a clear sense of satisfaction that “We are pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation. Our expert medical team at Plum Creek Specialty Hospital will continue to work together to provide the clinical interface at the core of our multidisciplinary approach, thus improving the care for the patients in our community.”

The Joint Commission’s hospital standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help hospitals measure, assess and improve performance.


Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value.

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Great News From The Lab!

May 11, 2015. Plum Creek Specialty Hospital in Amarillo Texas proudly announces their laboratory satisfactorily met all the criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization.

This accreditation, accorded only to laboratories that apply strict measures of performance, accuracy and quality control in day-to-day operations, attests to the exceptional standards the laboratory maintains, and demonstrates its unsurpassed commitment to excellence in patient care.

Renowned for providing aggressive, interdisciplinary care for the medically complex patient and individuals requiring prolonged recovery periods, Plum Creek Specialty Hospital offers the added benefit of the specialized high acuity unit of adjacent Plum Creek Healthcare Residence, ensuring continuum of care and a smooth transition as medical conditions improve.

Approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians- American Society of Internal Medicine, the COLA accreditation conferred to Plum Creek Specialty Hospital’s laboratory service is a result of its strict standards and indeed, great news from the lab.

COLA is a non-profit, physician directed organization that promotes quality and excellence in
medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement and accreditation

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