Coleman County Medical Center

Large enough to serve you. Small enough to know you.

The healthcare professionals of Coleman County Medical Center are committed to delivering high-quality healthcare services close to home for Coleman County residents. Since the hospital originally opened in the early 1920s that mission has remained the same.

CCMC, named after Overall-Morris Memorial Hospital, has provided healthcare to the residents of Coleman County since 1923. A second building was added in 1935, and was connected to the original building with enclosed corridors. In 1967, a new patient care wing was added to the north side of the facility and the original portion of the hospital was closed.

The first floor of the north wing was enclosed in 1977 to provide additional space. Currently, the first floor of the facility provides patient care and houses administrative and management offices. The second floor is occupied by the surgical and maternity departments and the hospital’s rural health clinic, Coleman County Medical Associates. The clinic provides primary care through private family practices run by the doctors and mid-level providers of CCMC.

Like most small, rural hospitals, CCMC was hit hard financially by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 that substantially cut Medicare payments. Revenue was drastically reduced but the cost of caring for the patients remained the same. To maintain the quality of care the community had come to expect, Coleman County residents voted to create a hospital district as a means of keeping the hospital open. The tax money generated from the hospital district helped pay operational costs for CCMC. Subsequently, the hospital applied for Critical Access status to further improve its economic stability. Critical Access status allows the hospital to increase its income by increasing the amount in Medicare payments received. The hospital was awarded that status in March of 2004.

To continue to guarantee the hospital’s ability to deliver quality healthcare to Coleman County and surrounding communities, the Hospital District Board hired Preferred Management, a management company providing innovative, comprehensive management services to hospitals and healthcare facilities in rural areas, to operate the hospital in 2011.

Hospital Admin
Candy Powell Candy Powell Administrator Candy Powell graduated from Wellington High School in 1987. She received her associate degree in radiology from Amarillo College, Amarillo, Texas, in 1989 and completed her training at Northwest Texas Hospital. She began her career in healthcare as an X-ray technician at Elk City Community Hospital, joining the staff of Collingsworth General Hospital as the director of radiology. By 1996 Powell was overseeing the operations of the radiology and laboratory, housekeeping, maintenance and central supply departments. In September 2001 she was promoted to assistant administrator of the hospital and was named hospital administrator in August 2006.

Powell has a strong commitment to Collingsworth General Hospital and the community because she loves working in her hometown and taking care of her friends and neighbors. Powell is married to Jeff Powell and has three children, Mason, Keedon and Brecklyn ages 18, 15 and three.
Vikki Barton, RN Vikki Barton, RN Chief Nursing Officer Vikki Barton, RN, is a long-time resident of Wellington, Texas, who has worked for Collingsworth General Hospital since 1998 when she started as a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). She returned to school to earn her advanced nursing degree, was promoted to the position of Registered Nurse in 2005 and then to her current position as Chief Nursing Officer in 2011. Barton has nursing experience in a variety of medical areas such as trauma, pediatrics, geriatrics, cardiac, discharge planning, respiratory therapy, wound care, physical therapy and hospice care.
Our Staff
- Medical Providers
Wesley Nickens, M.D. Wesley Nickens, M.D. attended both Texas Tech University and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors with a bachelors degree in clinical laboratory science. He earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine and completed a residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Department of Family and Community Medicine, Amarillo, Texas. Nickens served one year as the Chief Resident. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Prior to joining Collingsworth Family Medicine, he maintained a clinic in Amarillo where he practiced family medicine as well as urgent care and emergency medicine. He also worked for a local hospice agency. Nickens was born and raised in the Texas Panhandle town of Borger. He and his wife, Marisol, have five children.
Leann Preston, APRN, FNP-C Leann Preston, APRN, FNP-C received both her nursing degrees from Texas A&M University, Lubbock, graduating with a bachelor of science degree in nursing in 2005, and a master of science in nursing degree in 2014. She remained at the university for almost two years following graduation as a clinical instructor in the advanced degree nursing program.

Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner in 2014, Preston worked as a registered nurse in the emergency department at Childress Regional Medical Center for 10 years including 2 years as the director of the department and trauma coordinator. Preston is also a licensed paramedic and has worked on EMS crews in Childress and Amarillo. She maintains certifications in basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, pediatric advanced life support and international trauma life support.

Preston was born in Lubbock and raised in Childress. She has one son, age 7, who also helps to keep her very busy.
- Physician Assistant
Charles Sever, PA-C Charles Sever, PA-C graduated from the physician assistant program at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks, North Dakota.  He has worked as a physician assistant for 12 years, including 3 years at Amery Regional Medical Center, Amery, Wisconsin, 4 years at the Mayo Clinic Health System, Barron, Wisconsin, and 3 years at the Healthfirst clinic in Azle, Texas.  Most recently, he served as the medical director for a clinic in rural Africa, where he was responsible for managing the clinic as well as seeing patients.

Prior to becoming a physician assistant, Sever worked as a registered nurse providing emergency care, surgical nursing, intensive care and case management services.
 
Originally from a small town of 500 in South Dakota, Sever is very familiar with rural towns and prefers to live in a smaller community where he can make a bigger difference.  Sever relocated to Wellington in 2015 with his wife, Kalyn and five children.  
Joshua Joshua "Josh" Wright, PA-C graduated from the physician assistant program at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas.  As part of the program he completed rotations in family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, women’s health, psychiatry, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and internal medicine.  Prior to becoming a physician assistant, Wright worked for 15 years as an EMT, paramedic and firefighter in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.  He enjoys taking care of the whole patient and the entire family, but also uses his skills and experience to cover the emergency room.
Wright grew up in Perrin, Texas, just outside of Jacksboro in North Central Texas, and spent much of his summers, spring breaks and Christmas holidays in West Texas with his maternal and paternal grandparents.  He and his wife Carrie always planned to return to a small community to work and raise their two sons.  
- Consulting Specialists
Rajesh Nambiar, MD Rajesh Nambiar, MD is a board certified interventional cardiologist who has been practicing with the Amarillo Heart Group for the last four years. He staffs a cardiology clinic at Collingsworth Family Medicine one day per month for the convenience of area patients. Dr. Nambiar completed his internal medicine training at Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, where he was also honored to serve as the chief resident. He furthered his training with fellowships in Cardiology and Interventional Cardiology at Cook County Hospital and Rush Medical Center, Chicago, respectively. As a result of this training, he is well equipped to manage cardiac disease and perform a wide range of diagnostic and interventional heart and vascular procedures.