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W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital & Cogdell Clinics
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Welcome to W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital

W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital is a progressive 25-bed critical access hospital that has been providing medical services to the community of Lockney and surround areas since 1948. We serve thousands of people each year by providing caring and compassionate healthcare through a vast array of medical services.

A caring and compassionate healthcare team of 6 physicians, 4 Advanced Practice Providers and over 100 employees, WJ Mangold Memorial Hospital & Cogdell Clinics can help you get to your optimal health. From children to the elderly, we love each of our patients as our family. 

WJ Mangold Memorial Hospital Relaxes Visitation Policy

W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital and Cogdell Clinic have changed the visitation policy to match the changes in the COVID status in our community. "With the incidence of COVID declining significantly in our community we have decided to relax our visitation policy", stated Vince DiFranco, CEO. "We realize that it is a hardship on patients and their families to restrict visitation as we had to do during the height of the pandemic", DiFranco said.

The following areas will have the new guidelines in place:
Emergency Department: One visitor allowed per adult patient and two visitors allowed for patients under the age of 18.
Inpatient Hospital patients: No more than 2 visitors per patient at a time. Visiting hours are between 7:00 am and 9:00 pm.
Cogdell Clinic: One person allowed per adult patient and 2 people allowed per patient under 18 years old in the clinic.

All visitors in the hospital will still be required to wear masks outside of the patient's hospital room and we encourage visitors to stay in the ER exam room or hospital room unless they are asked to leave by the Physician. Screening of visitors at the door has been discontinued. Masks are available for visitors that do not have one. Also, If a person has symptoms of illness or has a fever, then please do not visit the hospital. Signs will be posted in the treatment areas with more details and instruction for visitors. As always exceptions may be made for special circumstances at the discretion of the physician.

WJ Mangold Memorial Hospital Lowers P.T. Prices

At it's meeting on April 28th , the Lockney General Hospital District Board received a report from CEO Vince DiFranco showing price comparisons of Physical Therapy services with various other hospitals. Based on that data, the Board decided to lower Physical Therapy (PT) charges on key and frequently used services by 20% to 30%.

"I had heard complaints about our PT charges from patients that wanted to use our services", stated DiFranco. "With many hospitals publishing their chargemaster on their website, I was able to research and compare charges for Physical Therapy". "We have excellent staff in our Physical Therapy Department and have great outcomes with patients, so it was disappointing to hear that some patients were seeking care elsewhere only because of cost", he said.

The WJ Mangold Physical Therapy Department offers many services to improve function and mobility for patients including recovery from sports injuries and surgery. They are also the only facility in the region with a certified pelvic physical therapist to assist patients in pelvic issues such as pelvic pain, incontinence, pre/post partum issues, and prostate issues.

The research DiFranco performed confirmed that the patient feedback was accurate. He then prepared a report with a recommendation that prices be adjusted to more closely match the charges at other facilities. "I appreciate that patients called to share their experience with me", DiFranco said, "now we have removed that reason and more people can use our excellent PT Department".

New Nurse Practitioner at Cogdell Clinic-Lockney

The Lockney General Hospital District has recruited another new provider for the clinic in Lockney. McKenzie Milbern , APRN/FNP joined the Cogdell Clinic on March 29th. McKenzie is a Family Nurse Practitioner who will be treating many of the same day appointment patients who call with an acute medical issue.

McKenzie is a native of Lockney and received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She then went on to complete her Masters of Science in Nursing from West Texas A&M University and graduated in December 2020. Before becoming a nurse practitioner, McKenzie worked for four years as an RN in the Emergency Center at University Medical Center in Lubbock. McKenzie,
whose maiden name is Kemp, graduated from Lockney High School and performed many of her clinical training hours at the Cogdell Clinic in Briscoe County with Misty Holt, FNP-C. McKenzie has been an excellent addition to our medical team at W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital, stated
Vince DiFranco, CEO, "She is familiar with the culture of our community and has allowed the clinic to see more patients that have an acute illness and need to be seen on the same day they call.

Please call 806-652-3373 for an appointment at the clinic with McKenzie or any of the other 6 providers.

New Physician Joins W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital Emergency Department

The Board and Administration of the Lockney General Hospital District are pleased to announce the addition of another new physician to the Lockney medical community. Dr. Ashley "Jade" Ireland began her practice in the Emergency Department at W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital in Lockney on April 27th.

Dr. Ireland grew up in Hale Center, Texas and attended medical school at Texas A&M Health Sciences Center College of Medicine in Temple Texas. She then completed a residency in Family Medicine at Texas Tech University Family and Community Medicine in Lubbock, Texas.
For the past 3 years she has been in private practice in Colorado City, Texas. She is Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and has certifications in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support and Pedatric Advanced Life Support. She is married with two children and will reside in Lockney in the near future.

Dr. Ireland will be serving in the Emergency Department and admitting patients, sharing coverage responsibilities with Dr. JoBeth Augustyniak, who started at the hospital in September 2020. Dr. Ireland's recruitment is the completion of a plan for the hospital to discontinue services of a third party company providing doctors for the E.R. and recruiting its own physicians to the community to provide these services.

The hospital CEO Vince DiFranco said, "We conducted a nationwide search for two physicians that would be a great fit for our emergency department and community. We are fortunate to have found both Dr. Augustyniak and Dr. Ireland as they are familiar with smaller communities and are working well together to serve our emergency patients". "Our goal is for the community residents to get to know Dr. Augustyniak and Dr. Ireland and feel confident that, at any time, they will receive highly qualified, compassionate and timely care in our emergency department", stated DiFranco.

W.J Mangold Memorial Hospital and Cogdell Clinics Adopt New Patient-Friendly Cardiac Digital Health Solution for Early AFib Detection and Diagnosis

W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital has integrated innovative wearable ECG technology from Cardiac Insight, Inc., expanding its offerings to patients to better diagnose atrial fibrillation (AFib or AF), the most common type of treated heart arrhythmia, both in-office and through telehealth. An estimated 2.7 to 6.1 million people in the U.S. live with this arrhythmia. While AFib itself is typically not life-threatening, complications from AFib include increased risk for heart problems and heart failure, and increased risk for stroke.

The Cardea SOLO™ disposable wearable ECG sensor is applied to the patient at our Clinic. After a seven-day wear period, the patient returns the sensor to our office by mail or in person. Cardea SOLO's algorithm-based software automatically analyzes ECG data to detect abnormal rhythms including AFib. Within five minutes of connecting the patient's sensor to the Cardea SOLO, a comprehensive report is produced to direct clinical decision-making and begin treatment, if required, as soon as possible.

For more information, please contact Elvia Holguin, Clinic Manager or make an appointment to see your primary care provider in Lockney at 806-652-3373 or Silverton at 806-475-5800.

New Physician Joins Cogdell Clinic and W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital

The Board and Administration of the Lockney General Hospital District are pleased to announce the addition of a new physician to the Lockney medical community. Dr. Megan Janson began her practice at the Cogdell Clinic in Lockney on February 15th.

Dr. Janson was born in Houston, Texas and attended Medical School at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She then completed a residency in Family Medicine at Bayfront Medical Center in Saint Petersburg, Florida. For the past 6 years she has been in private practice in Pembroke Pines, Florida. She is Board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and is fluent in both English and Spanish. Dr. Janson is also a reservist in the Air Force. She is married with one child and has a sister in El Paso and many other family members scattered around Texas.

"The staff and providers at Cogdell Clinic have been so welcoming to me since my arrival. Given the dedication and excellent reputation of the physicians here, I know that this will be a great place for me to care for patients", stated Dr. Janson.

The hospital CEO Vince DiFranco said, "We conducted a nationwide search for a physician that would be a great fit for our clinic and community. We are fortunate to have found Dr. Janson as we could not have asked for a better physician to take care of our patients."

Dr. Janson practices the full scope of family medicine including women's health and looks forward to treating all members of your family. She is accepting new patients by appointment and is available Monday through Friday at the Lockney clinic.

Please call 652-3373 for an appointment and meet Dr. Janson.

WJMMH Awarded Grant from Plainview Area Endowment!

W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital was recently awarded a generous grant from the Plainview Area Endowment. With these funds, WJMMH will be able to update equipment in the Physical Therapy Department. The grant will support the purchase of new power parallel bars and a second seated elliptical machine.

WJ Mangold has an outstanding team of Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapists available to serve patients of our community and aid in their recovery from injury and illness. Thank you so much Plainview Area Endowment for your support of the great healthcare service provided in our community!

W. J. Mangold Memorial Hospital named on Top 20 Critical Access Hospital List

W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital was recently named one of the Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) for "Best Practice Recipients - Patient Satisfaction" in the country.

The Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals, including W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital, scored best among critical access hospitals as determined by The Chartis Center for Rural Health for Patient Satisfaction. The rankings were recently announced by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA). An awards ceremony will be held during NRHA's Critical Access Hospital Conference in September in Kansas City, MO. from eight indices of strength: inpatient market share, outpatient market share, quality, outcomes, patient perspectives, cost, charge and financial stability.

Those hospitals that have been recognized as Top 20 Critical Access Hospital "best practice recipients" have achieved success in one of two key areas of performance:

Quality index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank across the five categories of Hospital Compare Process of Care measures.
Patient perspective index: A rating of hospital performance based on the percentile rank on two Hospital Compare HCAHPS measures ("Overall Rating" and "Highly Recommend)".

"W.J. Mangold Memorial Hospital is proud of the efforts of its physicians and staff who have contributed to our hospital achieving this designation," said Jim Heitzenrater, CEO. "Our results as a top 'Best Practice Recipients - Patient Satisfaction' means our community can count on us to deliver the services they need now and in the future."

About the National Rural Health Association

NRHA is a nonprofit organization working to improve the health and wellbeing of rural Americans and providing leadership on rural health issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. NRHA membership is made up of 21,000 diverse individuals and organizations, all of whom share the common bond of an interest in rural health. For more information, visit

About The Chartis Group

The Chartis Group® (Chartis) provides comprehensive advisory services and analytics to the health care industry. With an unparalleled depth of expertise in strategic planning, performance excellence, informatics and technology, and health analytics, Chartis helps leading academic medical centers, integrated delivery networks, children's hospitals and health care service organizations achieve transformative results. Learn more at

You may also read a report from National Rural Health Association by clicking here: Rural Health Web's Top 20 Critical Access Hospitals
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