The Preferred family of 16 Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics contracts with or employs 30 physicians and mid-level providers.
Our physicians are committed to the communities they serve and like to deliver medicine the way they were trained to practice: to take care of the whole family from newborns to seniors in the clinic, hospital and emergency room.
At Preferred, we create an environment where hospital and clinic administration work in partnership with physicians to address the healthcare needs of our patients and communities.
Almost all of our physician employment agreements are through a Texas 501(a) corporation with a board comprised of physicians who provide oversight to peer review, credentialing, and quality of care initiatives.
Our communities are primarily located in West Texas and range in size from 2,500 to 11,000 residents. While each location is distinctly different, at the center of each is a warm and welcoming community that both appreciates and supports the healthcare services provided. Become a part of the community and see your efforts to improve the health of your new home town every day.
Settings range from Hill Country to the High Mountain Desert to the Texas Panhandle, with opportunities for land ownership and numerous hunting and recreational activities.
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Located in Muleshoe, Texas
Muleshoe began in 1926 and now has a population of 5,158. There are over 250 flourishing businesses located in the city. Muleshoe is governed by a city council and managed by a city manager who effectuates its policies. It has numerous restaurants, a 5100′ runway at its local airpark, and a mature scenic and challenging 18-hole golf course with Bentgrass greens and Bermuda grass fairways, all with a country club.
The three major employers in Muleshoe are the Independent School District (ISD), Muleshoe Area Medical Center (MAMC), and Bunge-Minsa Corporation.
The ISD has a long history of excellence in academic and extra-curricular activities. The ISD is a public school district serving 1,417 students in grades PK and K-12 with a 12 to 1 student-teacher ratio. It is easy to know fellow students and teachers concerned about their students and the curriculum they teach.
MAMC is a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) with 25 total staffed beds. It has operated in Bailey County and the South Plains Region for over 70 years. MAMC is the county’s second-largest employer with 95 people. Its total annual patient revenue is $15,699,949 with $703,863 net income. MAMC discharges 162 patients per year, with an aggregate total patient day of 1,416. MAMC is a Level IV trauma center, with both swing and SNF beds. MAMC provides TeleDoc services, Imaging (X-Ray, CT Scanning, Bone Density, Ultrasound, and MRI). MAMC’s medical departments are laboratory, physical therapy, and respiratory therapy. Approximately 253 patients are seen in the ER each month, with monthly admissions averaging 30 patients. The Bailey County Ambulance Service transports 840 patients annually to MAMC, with 273 patients transferred to major medical facilities, of which seven require airlifting monthly.
Bunge-Minsa is an international company supplying raw and processed agricultural commodities and specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the animal feed, food processor, foodservice, and bakery industries. Bunge-Minsa began operating 24 years ago and employs 75 people in Muleshoe.
The City of Muleshoe hosts six public events each year. The events include Fourth of July Celebration, Mule Days and Kickin’ Nights, Summer Carnival, Bailey County Stock Show, Muleshoe Chamber of Commerce Banquet, and Light the Night Christmas Parade.
The median resident age is 33 years. The median household income is $47,703 (2018), and the median house value is $68,500. Muleshoe is a half a day’s drive to world-class snow skiing with minimal lift lines, lodges, restaurants, and fresh powder with something for everyone. The trout fishing is world-famous below the Navajo Dam. With a half day’s drive, you can experience professional baseball, football, hockey, soccer, and basketball, not to mention some of the US’s best shopping and restaurants.
Located in Friona, Texas
Friona has a couple of notable nicknames, “The Biggest Small Town in Texas,” and the State Legislature named it the “Cheeseburger Capital of Texas.” Friona has a population of 4,123 people. You’ll find smart, hard-working people and an energetic workforce that understands the obligations of employment. The town has 15 restaurants providing a wide variety of menu items. The same pioneering spirit that settled this area still abounds in the thousands of area residents that look out for each other. The community comprises 28.2% white, 0.9% Black, 69.9% Hispanic, and a .3% Native American. Friona is not just a town; it’s a home and a safe harbor from today’s spiraling crime rates and violence. The median age in Friona is 32.5 years. The average household income is $61,536, and the median house value is $68,500.
Friona’s administrative officer is the City Manager who directs the organization toward completing its primary objectives established by the City Council. One of Friona’s popular events is the Cheeseburger Festival. The Festival is held every third Saturday in July with many teams competing for a grand prize. Areavibes.com rate Friona as having A+ attributes in cost of living and low crime rate. According to Areavibes, Friona’s overall livability rating is 81.
Friona Independent School District is loved and supported by the community. The local high school mascot is a Chieftain. The school colors are red and white. ISD has numerous athlete programs, including Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, powerlifting, Track, and Volleyball. Extra-curricular activities include art, band, Choir, Computer Science, FFA Journalism, One-Act Play, Spanish, Speech/Debate, student council, Tech-Connect, and UIL Academics.
The airpark has an elevation of 4003 feet, and the runway is 4/22 with a length of 3013 feet x 60 feet wide. The surface is asphalt. The second runway 17/35 is turf with a length of 2700 feet x 150 wide.
In Parmer County, Friona lies in Texas’s panhandle, with more than 40 cattle feeding operations within a 50-mile radius. Friona ranks first in the state for milk production, with 16 dairies in its immediate area. Friona has two cheese plants within 100 miles. Both facilities have a combined output of approximately one million pounds of cheese daily.
Farming is a cornerstone of the local economy. There are 3-grain elevators and one cotton gin nearby. Significant products grown include wheat, grain sorghum, corn, and cotton.
Friona is one hour from Amarillo, one and one-half hours from Lubbock, and 40 minutes from Clovis, NM.
Friona is half a day’s drive to world-class snow skiing with minimal lift lines, lodges, restaurants, and fresh powder with something for everyone. The trout fishing is world-famous below the Navajo Dam. With a half day’s drive, you can experience professional baseball, football, hockey, soccer, and basketball, not to mention some of the US’s best shopping and restaurants.
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