Jim Sánchez/ Conexión San Ángelo

SAN ANGELO – Representatives from West Texas Rehabilitation Center and Hospice of San Angelo, two non-profit health care providers merged earlier this month, resulting in West Texas Rehab’s Hospice of San Angelo.

WTRC is a leading force in rehabilitation services across West Texas while HOSA is a leader in hospice care to residents in a 15-county area.  The President/CEO for WTRC is Steve Martin.

Conexión interviewed one of those individuals, Gina Councilman, executive director, for Hospice of San Angelo. 

Q: How did this merger come about?

“The merger has come about so that the two successful non-profits can combine resources and collaborate, enhancing their impact and benefiting the communities they serve,” said Councilman. 

Hospice Executive Director, Gina Councilman, is looking forward to what the non-profit organization can do with its’ other partner, West Texas Rehabilitation Center, as both entities merged together on March 1. 

Q; In what way will this merger benefit both entities and communities?

“Both entities will gain diversification through this merger creating greater stability if government funding changes for one program or another.”  “The communities we serve will also benefit from this greater stability by ensuring that all of our services are available to our patients regardless of their financial circumstances.”  “WTRC already has a hospice department operating out of Abilene, so both hospices will benefit by being able to share best practices.” 

Q: With the merger, are you still the executive director? If so, who will be the point person in charge of both entities?

“I will be the Director of Hospice of San Angelo, which will essentially become a department of West Texas Rehabilitation Center.” “Steve Martin, current CEO and President of West Texas Rehab, will be in charge of the entire organization.”

Q: Will Hospice and WTRC still be at their current locations?

“Yes, at this time, we will remain at our current locations.”

Q: How many staff personnel do you currently have and the breakdown of positions?

56 Employees:  23 Nurses, 8 Certified Nurse’s Assistants, 4 Social Workers, 3 Chaplains, 3 Bereavement Counselors, 3 Durable Medical Equipment Technicians, 1 Nurse Practitioner, 11 Office Staff

“We are really looking forward to this new collaboration. Both entities have enjoyed great support from the communities we serve and are strong non-profits in their own right.” “It will be exciting to see what we can do together,” concluded Councilman. 

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