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Kimble Hospital

349 Reid Road
Junction, TX 76849
(325) 446-3321

About us

Kimble Hospital is committed to providing quality healthcare through a team of dedicated medical providers and caring staff.

Kimble Hospital and its medical staff have served Kimble and surrounding counties for over 55 years, providing essential inpatient and outpatient health care services to community residents.

Federally designated as a Critical Access Hospital, Kimble is licensed for 15 inpatient, acute care beds, all of which may be used as "swing beds" or skilled nursing beds. As a result, the hospital can care for many inpatients with acute and chronic medical conditions such as heart attacks, congestive heart failure, pneumonia and influenza, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, etc. In addition, swing beds allow patients who have had surgery at another hospital recover closer to home.

As a Level IV Trauma Center, the emergency department at Kimble Hospital serves as the first responder for injured and ill patients living or visiting in the area, or traveling on I-10, and provides life saving care, and stabilizing patients who may need to be transferred to another facility. The quality of care at the hospital and in the emergency department is enhanced through the use of telemedicine services which bring virtual specialists to assist with diagnosis and treatment plans.

Other hospital services supporting both inpatient and outpatient care include: CT scanning, general x-ray and ultrasound; physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation; and laboratory testing. The hospital also offers outpatient diagnostic GI procedures and mental health services.

A Rural Health Clinic, staffed with a team of medical providers, is located adjacent to the hospital and connected by a covered walkway.

Accessible health services are of particular concern to the senior residents of Kimble County who are the heaviest users of health care services, but may have problems with mobility and/or transportation. Availability of the hospital and clinic improves their access to timely emergency care as well as more routine hospital and physician services.

The history of Kimble Hospital is one of determination and civic pride by the citizens of Kimble County to provide healthcare close to home. The story began in 1957, when a $125,000 bond issue was sold to finance the construction of a hospital in Junction. In 2009, county voters voted in favor of a $16.9 million bond election proposed by the Kimble County Hospital District to fund a new 30,500-square-foot hospital and 7,300-square-foot clinic. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new state-of-the-art hospital and clinic was held in October 2011 and staff and patients moved in shortly after.

In 2008, the District Board entered into a partnership with Preferred Management Corporation, Shawnee, Oklahoma, to lease the hospital and clinic, and assume the financial risk of operations. Building on this partnership, Preferred continues to invest the resources necessary to recruit and retain quality healthcare professionals, develop and enhance services and implement sound financial management practices.
Our Staff
- Medical Providers
 D. Benjamin Udall, M.D.
D. Benjamin Udall, M.D. has been with Junction Medical Clinic since October 2009. He earned his undergraduate degree at the United States Military Academy at West Point, attended medical school at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas, and completed his residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Tyler, Texas. His specialty is family practice.
Noe Martinez, M.D.
Noe Martinez, M.D. earned his Medical Degree at Stanford University School of Medicine, Standford, California, and completed his residency in family practice at Texas Tech University, El Paso, Texas. Upon returning to Junction in 1985 he started a private practice and served as Chief of Staff at Kimble Hospital for 25 years from 1986 to 2010. As the primary physician practicing obstetrics at Kimble Hospital in the 1980's, Dr. Martinez delivered most of the babies in the area until that department closed in 1994. He also practiced general surgery until that department's closure in 1996. Dr. Martinez continues to serve the residents of Junction, Menard and the surrounding area in his private practice and is an active member of the Kimble Hospital medical staff.
Carl Utterback, M.D.
Carl Utterback, M.D. , joined the medical staff of Kimble Hospital and Junction Medical Clinic in 2016.  He graduated from the University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, with a Bachelors of Science in Biology.  He stayed within the University of Texas system to continue working on a Masters Degree in Cellular/Molecular Biology while he also worked as a research associate win renal biochemistry/physiology.  Dr. Utterback obtained his Medical Degree from Texas Tech University Health Science Center, Lubbock, Texas.  He completed an internship in pediatrics at the University of Texas Health Science Center and a residency in family medicine at Texas Tech.  Prior to moving to Junction, Dr. Utterback provided primary care as part of the Curry Health Network, a hospital district in coastal Oregon that operates a hospital and several physician clinics.  He has also served as a family medicine or emergency medicine physician in several Texas communities, including:  Sabinal, Kerrville, Crystal City and Uvalde.
Jennifer Johnson, PA-C
Jennifer Johnson, PA-C rejoined the Kimble Hospital family in October 2013. She previously worked at the Junction Medical Clinic from 2001 to 2010, working in the Peterson Regional ER Fast Track department from 2010 to 2013. Jennifer grew up in the small town of Aubrey, just north of Denton, Texas. She attended Texas A&M, College Station, Texas, and then trained as a Physician's Assistant at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, Texas. She lives in Junction with her husband, Jay, of 9 years, and their children.
Al Lopez, PA-C
Al Lopez, PA-C returned to Junction Medical Clinic after retiring at the end of 2013. He began to work in Junction in April 1994 as a full-time provider of outpatient medical care, working in the clinic, covering the emergency department at Kimble Hospital and making visits to patients in the nursing home. His medical career began in the military in 1960 where he was trained as a combat medic, combat medical and surgical specialist and a Special Forces airborne medical/surgical specialist. Lopez later graduated from the Physician Assistants Program at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. Originally from Comfort, Texas, and a Fredericksburg High School graduate, Lopez provided patient care services in various communities in Washington, Colorado and Texas before returning to the Hill Country.
- Chief Nursing Officer
Velma Gentry
Velma Gentry is responsible for working with the providers and hospital staff to maintain quality of care, enhance patient satisfaction, maintain appropriate staffing levels and provide for ongoing staff education. Gentry brings a whole alphabet soup of her own credentials to Kimble Hospital, including Trauma Nurse Certification, Emergency Nurse Pediatric Certification, Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) training and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) training. Born and raised in Junction, Gentry moved to San Angelo in the 1970s where she obtained her high school and college degrees. She became a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) in 1980 and graduated as a registered nurse (RN) in 1987. She is currently working towards an advanced degree in nursing while working full time at Kimble Hospital.
- Hospital Administrator
William “Bill” Barnes, FACHE
William “Bill” Barnes, FACHE , administrator of Kimble Hospital, has worked in the healthcare industry, for over 30 years, with over 25 years as an administrator and assistant administrator.  Early in his career, he also worked on the clinical side of hospital operations serving as a pharmacy technician.

Most recently, Barnes was the Administrator and CEO of Sweeny Community Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Sweeny, Texas, almost 64 miles to the south of Houston.  Prior to joining the staff at Sweeny, Barnes spent 2.5 years as the Administrator and CEO of Crane Memorial Hospital, Crane, Texas, another Critical Access Hospital approximately 30 miles south of Odessa.

Barnes has served in a leadership capacity for the Chamber of Commerce organizations in Sweeny, Brazoria County and Crane County, and is an active member of the Lion’s Club and the VFW.  An Eagle Scout in 1964, he served as a member of the National Eagle Scout Association for six years, and worked with various education and leadership programs directed at high school and college students.  He is also a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and has served on the board of the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals and the Texas Hospital Association Editorial Board.

Barnes received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Texas, and his Master of Science in health professions from Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.   In 2013, Barnes was the recipient of the THA Pioneer Award that honors rural hospital administrators “who demonstrates creative and innovative leadership in the organization and community he or she serves.”

HIPAA Policy

THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW MEDICAL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION. PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.

We are committed to protecting the confidentiality of your medical information within the hospital and how we may disclose it to others outside the hospital. You will also be given a copy of your rights concerning your own health information. Please review it carefully and let us know if you have any questions.

How will we use and disclose your medical information?

Treatment:We may use medical information to provide you with medical services and supplies. We may also disclose your medical information to others that need that information to treat you, such as doctors, physician assistants, nurses, medical and nursing students, technicians, therapists, emergency service and medical transportation providers, medical equipment providers and others involved in your care.

We also may use and disclose your medical information to contact you to remind you of an upcoming appointment, to obtain registration information, to inform you about possible treatment options or alternatives or to tell you about health related services available to you.

Patient Directory:In order to assist family members and other visitors in locating you while you are in the hospital, the hospital maintains a patient directory. This directory includes your name, age, gender, room number, type of service, name of physician and your religious affiliation (if any). We will disclose this information to someone who asks for you by name, although we will disclose your religious affiliation only to clergy members. If you do not want to be included in the hospital's patient directory, please inform the hospital personnel.

Family Members and Others Involved in Your Care:We may disclose your medical information to a family member or friend who is involved in your medical care or to someone who helps pay for your care. We also may disclose your medical information to disaster relief organizations to help locate a family member or friend in a disaster. If you do not want the hospital to disclose your medical information to family members or others who will visit you, please inform hospital personnel.

Payment:We may use and disclose your medical information to get paid for the medical services and supplies we provide to you.

Hospital Operations:We may use and disclose your medical information if it is necessary to improve the quality of care we provide to patients or to run the hospital. We may use your medical information to conduct quality improvement activities, to obtain audit, accounting or legal services or to conduct business management and planning. Many of our patients like to make contributions to the hospital. The hospital or its foundation may contact you in the future to raise money for the hospital. If you do not want the hospital or its foundation to contact you for fund raising, please inform hospital personnel.

Research:We may use or disclose your medical information for research projects, such as studying the effectiveness of a treatment you received. These research projects must go through a special process that protects the confidentiality of your medical information.

Public Health:We also may report certain medical information for public health purposes such as reporting births, deaths and communicable diseases to the State of Texas. We may also need to report patient problems to the FDA or may notify patients of recalls of products they are using.

Law Requirements/Public Safety:The federal, state or local law enforcement agencies sometimes require us to disclose patients' medical information for public safety purposes in limited circumstances, providing medical information to law enforcement officials in response to a search warrant or a grand jury subpoena, to assist law enforcement officials in identifying or locating a person, to prosecute a crime of violence, to report deaths that may have resulted from criminal conduct, and to report criminal conduct at the hospital. We are required to report child abuse or neglect and must provide certain information to law enforcement officials in domestic violence cases. We are required to give information to the Texas Workers Compensation Program for work-related injuries. We also may disclose your medical information to law enforcement officials and others to prevent a serious threat to health or safety.

Health Oversight Activities:We may disclose medical information to a government agency that oversees the hospital or its personnel, such as the Texas Department of Health Services, the federal agencies that oversee Medicare, the Board of Medical Examiners and the Board of Nursing.

Coroners, Medical Examiners and Funeral Director:We may disclose medical information concerning deceased patients to coroners, medical examiners and funeral directors to assist them in carrying out their duties.

Organ and Tissue Donation:We may disclose medical information to organizations that handle organ, eye or tissue donation or transplantation.

Military, Veterans, National Security and Other Government Purposes:If you are a member of the armed forces, we may release your medical information as required by military command authorities or to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The hospital may also disclose medical information to federal officials for intelligence and national security purposes, for Presidential Protective Services, or to the Department of State for its security clearances.

Judicial Proceedings:The hospital may disclose medical information in a lawsuit if the hospital is ordered to do so by a court if the hospital receives a subpoena or a search warrant. You will receive advance notice about this disclosure in most situations so that you will have a chance to object to sharing your medical information.

Information with Additional Protection:Certain types of medical information have additional protection under state or federal law. For instance, medical information about communicable and HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse treatment and court ordered mental evaluation is treated differently than other types of information; the hospital is required to get your permission before disclosing that information to others in most circumstances.

Other Uses and Disclosures:If the hospital wishes to make use or disclosure of your medical information for a purpose that is not discussed in this Notice, the hospital will seek your permission. If you give your permission to the hospital, you may take back that permission any time, unless we have already relied on your permission to use or disclose the information.

Right to Request Your Medical Information:You have the right to look at your own medical information and to get a copy of that information. (The law requires us to keep the original record.) This includes your medical record, your billing records, and other records we use to make decisions about your care. To request your medical information, submit a written request to: Kimble Hospital, Health Information Management, 349 Reid Road, Junction, Texas 76849.

If you request a copy of your information, we will charge you for costs to copy the information. We will tell you in advance what this copying will cost. You can look at your record at no cost.

Right to Request Amendment of Medical Information You Believe Is Erroneous or Incomplete:If you examine your medical information and believe that some of the information is wrong or incomplete, you may ask us to amend your record. To make a request to amend your medical information, submit a written request to: Kimble Hospital, Health Information Management, 349 Reid Road, Junction, Texas 76849.

Right to Get a List of Certain Disclosures of Your Medical Information:You have the right to request a list of many of the disclosures we make of your medical information. If you would like to receive such a list, submit a written request to: Kimble Hospital, Health Information Management, 349 Reid Road, Junction, Texas 76849.

Right to Request Restrictions on How the Hospital will use or disclose Your Medical Information for Treatment, Payment or Health Care Operations:You have the right to request us NOT to make uses or disclosures of your medical information to treat you, to seek payment for care, or to operate the hospital. We are not required to agree to your request, but if we do agree, we will comply with that agreement. If you want to request a restriction, submit your detailed request in writing to: Kimble Hospital, Health Information Management, 349 Reid Road, Junction, Texas 76849.

Right to Request Confidential Communications:You have the right to request us to communicate with you in a way that you feel is more confidential. For example, you can ask us not to call your home, but to communicate only by mail. To do this, submit your detailed request in writing to: Kimble Hospital, Health Information Management, 349 Reid Road, Junction, Texas 76849.

Right to a Paper Copy: Click here to download a paper copy of the notice from our website, or you may obtain a paper copy of the notice at: Kimble Hospital, Health Information Management, 349 Reid Road, Junction, Texas 76849.

Changes to This Notice:From time to time, we may change our practices concerning how we use or disclose patient medical information or how we will implement patient rights concerning their information. We reserve the right to change this notice and to make the provisions in our new notice effective for all medical information we maintain. If we change these practices, we will publish a revised Notice of Privacy Practices. You can get a copy of our current notice of Privacy Practices at any time from hospital personnel.

Which Health Care Providers Are Covered By This Notice?This Notice of Privacy Practices applies to the hospital and its personnel, volunteers, students and trainees. The notice also applies to other health care providers that come to the hospital to care for patients, such as physicians, physician's assistants, therapists and other health care providers that are not employed by the hospital, emergency service providers, medical transportation companies and medical equipment and supplies that come to the hospital. These health care providers will follow this notice for information they receive about you from the hospital. These other health care providers may follow different practices at their own office or facilities.

Do You Have Concerns or Complaints?Please tell us about any problems or concerns you have with your privacy rights or how the hospital uses or discloses your medical information. If you have a concern, please contact: Quality Coordinator at (325) 446-3321.

If, for some reason, the hospital cannot resolve your concern, you may also file a complaint with the federal government. To file a complaint against the hospital please contact: Regional Manager, CMS Region IX, 50 United Nations Plaza, Rm. 322, San Francisco, CA 94102. We will not penalize you or retaliate against you in any way for filing a complaint with the federal government.

Do you have questions? The hospital is required by law to give you this notice and to follow terms of the notice that is currently in effect. If you have questions about, or have further questions about how the hospital may use and disclose your medical information, please contact: Quality Coordinator at (325) 446-3321.

Notice Regarding Payment Policy:

This hospital and clinic serve all patients regardless of inability to pay. Discounts for essential services are offered depending upon family size and income. You may apply for a discount at the front desk.

Patient/Family Concerns

Our facility strives to provide quality patient care in a safe manner. However, if you or your family has any concerns about patient care and safety in the organization, please contact administration at (325) 446-3321.


Administrator
William (Bill) Barnes
Kimble Hospital
349 Reid Road
Junction, TX 76849
Telephone: (325) 446-3321
Junction Medical Clinic
399 Reid Road
Junction, TX 76849
Phone: (325) 446-3305
Fax: (325) 446-2257

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