Have you seen the Little River in Central Texas? It winds and twists from Temple, TX to the Brazos River near College Station. It weaves through fields and forests and under bridges near Cameron and Rockdale. As it flows from Temple, it’s joined by the San Gabriel River, which connects Georgetown to Rockdale. Before the San Gabriel joins the Little River, the Brushy Creek joins the San Gabriel, connecting Leander and Round Rock to the Little River as it flows by rural communities.
Little River Healthcare got it’s name from the very concept of the Little River: connecting the big cities (Round Rock, Austin, Temple, Killeen, and Waco) to the rural communities that would otherwise lack quality healthcare services (Cameron, Rockdale, and Bastrop).
But unlike the rivers, Little River Healthcare’s mission flows in both directions: to bring big city medical services to rural communities, and to bring genuine small-town kindness and patient care to the big cities.
Little River Healthcare was formed in 2006, but it was nothing like what it is today.
After five years of general instability, Little River Healthcare experienced a massive transformation in 2011, essentially resetting its business operations from the top down.
By the end of 2012, Little River Healthcare had attained stability under new leadership, operating the Rockdale Hospital (then named Richards Memorial Hospital), clinics in Rockdale and Cameron, a surgery center in Austin, and imaging centers in Bastrop and Georgetown.
End of 2012: Little River Healthcare By The Numbers
Little River Healthcare began its aggressive growth pattern in 2013. The company had mastered the execution of rescuing medical clinics that needed help managing the ever-changing medical economy.
In March 2013, Georgetown Orthopedics became the first large practice to join the Little River Healthcare family. With its 6-physician roster and dedicated staff, Georgetown Orthopedics had become a staple of quality bone and joint care in the greater Austin region. It was a perfect fit for LRH.
In July 2013, Central Texas Hospital in Cameron, not an entity of Little River Healthcare at the time, faced certain closure following the indictment of its leaders, including convicted Medicare fraud Tariq Mahmood. In a last-minute move to keep the hospital from closing, city of Cameron authorities turned to Little River Healthcare to operate the Cameron hospital’s Emergency Room. Not long after, Little River acquired the entire hospital and began a $2.5 million resurrection project that was capped by an enormous Open House celebration in November 2014. The Little River Healthcare – Cameron Hospital now operates 10 beds, a 24/7/365 Emergency Department, outpatient services, and medical imaging.
Little River Healthcare’s growth soared in Ausgust 2013 when it acquired the popular, embattled community medical entity, King’s Daughters Clinic, including its locations in Temple, Killeen, and Harker Heights. Prior to joining Little River, King’s Daughters Clinic had recently lost its hospital, King’s Daughters Hospital, in a nationally publicized legal battle. The acquisition of King’s Daughters Clinic not only helped to reshape the medical landscape of the Temple-Killeen region and end a growing monopoly, but it enabled Little River Healthcare to rotate some of the best doctors in Texas at KDC to rural clinics in Rockdale and Cameron.
End of 2013: Little River Healthcare By The Numbers
How do you follow up a year wherein you doubled your staff and facilities? You do it again.
Little River Healthcare began 2014 by partnering with Integrated Pain Associates in Killeen to bring Pain Management services to Austin, Georgetown, Rockdale and Temple. LRH also brought in spine surgeon Dr. Ryan Bergeson of Bergeson Spine, to practice in Georgetown, Temple, and Rockdale.
In the Summer of 2014, Little River Healthcare opened the Sleep Disorder Center at Georgetown in conjunction with Dr. Scott Franklin’s Georgetown Ear, Nose & Throat. LRH acquired Dr. Thomas Vinson’s popular Round Rock Cardiology practice and Dr. Jonathan Sheinberg’s fledgling Cardiovascular Associates practice in Austin/West Lake Hills. A couple months later, LRH announced the acquisition of Dr. Bob Just’s Gastroenterology practice in Round Rock across the street from Round Rock Cardiology.
Word soon spread that there’s an alternative healthcare choice in Central Texas. Now there was no way to stop the growth!
Toxicology Lab & Long-Term Care
To supplement the financial burden of such fast growth, Little River Healthcare began two “side projects” uncommon for many healthcare companies. First, in 2014, LRH started its own Long-Term Care team that provides medical treatment to residents of hospices, nursing homes, and the like from Waco to Austin.
Then, LRH began building its own Toxicology Reference Lab in Rockdale and offering its laboratory services throughout Texas. Typically, a medical practice or hospital collects blood and urine samples and ships the samples to a lab across the country, causing patients to wait weeks or even months before they get their lab results back. Little River Healthcare decided to build its own lab and offer these services to medical practices all over Texas. The LRH lab became fully functional in the Spring of 2015.
End of 2014: Little River Healthcare By The Numbers
2015 and the Future
Once again, Little River Healthcare began another year with a bang, acquiring the very busy family practice, Georgetown Physicians’ Center, and the even busier Central Texas Urology in Waco. Wait, Waco? Yep. LRH is now poised to grow in Waco and south of Austin. Waco Ear, Nose & Throat partnered with LRH and King’s Daughters Clinic in January 2015. LRH also acquired the Temple Surgery Center (formerly part of Seton) that neighbors KDC in February 2015.
In the summer of 2015, LRH plans to open an Imaging center in Waco, a new Physical Therapy Department at KDC, and even more practices in Central Texas.
Current: Little River Healthcare By The Numbers
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