Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers to help you learn more about Huntsville’s healthcare future.

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Overview

What are we doing?

As part of its ongoing efforts to enter into a strategic partnership to secure the future of Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Walker County Hospital Corporation has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Through this bankruptcy process, Walker County Hospital Corporation will take the next steps toward achieving Walker County Hospital Corporation’s ultimate goal of securing the hospital’s future and local healthcare access for our community.

Why is Walker County Hospital Corporation filing for Chapter 11?

Walker County Hospital Corporation has been focusing on its main priority – to ensure members of the Huntsville community continue to have local access to the quality, compassionate care they deserve. Filing for Chapter 11 will enable Walker County Hospital Corporation to take the next steps toward securing local access to quality, compassionate care for the future.

What does Chapter 11 mean?

Chapter 11 is a section of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code that allows companies to restructure their finances under a court-supervised proceeding while maintaining normal operations. During this process, HMH is offering the same quality care provided by the same experienced physicians and employees in the same location.

Is HMH closing?

Nothing changes today for the patients, physicians and employees of Huntsville Memorial Hospital. HMH is offering the same quality care provided by the same experienced physicians and employees in the same location.

Our main priority, as it has been every step of the way, is to ensure members of the Huntsville community continue to have local access to the quality, compassionate care they deserve. Chapter 11 is simply the next step in our journey to protect local healthcare and ensure our community’s healthcare future.

For the Community

What does this mean for patients and the community?

Our main priority, as it has been every step of the way, is to ensure members of the Huntsville community continue to have local access to the quality, compassionate care they deserve.

Nothing changes today for HMH patients. We are offering the same quality care provided by the same experienced physicians and employees in the same location.

Will services be impacted?

No. Nothing changes today for the patients or employees of HMH. We are offering the same quality care provided by the same experienced physicians and employees in the same location. Our main priority, as it has been every step of the way, is to ensure members of the Huntsville community continue to have local access to the quality, compassionate care they deserve.

How does this impact HMH’s current community and business partnerships?

We value our community and business partnerships knowing that working together is the only way to secure high-quality care for our community. We are still in the early stages of this process and do not have all the answers today. We are committed to engaging patients, community, employees, physicians and business partners throughout this process and will provide updates as we have more information to share.

For Employees & Physicians

What does this mean for HMH employees and physicians?

Nothing changes today for the patients or employees of HMH. We are offering the same quality care provided by the same experienced physicians and employees in the same location. While we have faced challenges, HMH has made significant strides over the past year, and we have much to be proud of. HMH’s caring and talented employees, providers and caregivers have been working hard day in and day out to improve the quality of care we provide. It is this hard work and dedication that will best position us for a prospective strategic partnership going forward.

Will salaries and benefits be impacted?

We will be immediately working with the court to ensure all employees and providers continue to be paid and receive the same benefits they received prior to the bankruptcy filing.

Are there going to be layoffs?

We know that employees, physicians and other caregivers are essential to the daily operations of the hospital. While we are early in this process and don’t yet have all of the answers, nothing changes today for the patients or employees of HMH. We are offering the same quality care provided by the same experienced physicians and employees in the same location.

How will this process affect the hospital’s day-to-day operations?

Nothing changes today for the patients or employees of Huntsville Memorial Hospital. During this process, HMH is offering the same quality care provided by the same experienced physicians and employees in the same location.

Process & Next Steps

What is the timeline to complete the Chapter 11 process?

While there is no certainty at this point in the process, we anticipate completing the Chapter 11 process within three to five months.

What happens next?

While there is no certainty at this point in the process, we anticipate completing the chapter 11 process within three to five months. Our goal is to emerge a more focused, profitable hospital that is better positioned to provide quality care for generations to come.

We are in the early stages of this process and there is much work to be done. While we don’t have all the answers yet, we have the leadership and the expert legal and financial counsel to be successful. Nothing changes today for the patients or employees of Huntsville Memorial Hospital. We are offering the same quality care provided by the same experienced physicians and employees in the same location.

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