A Message from the CEO

Unique challenges for today's healthcare reform in rural Texas:

  • An economy based on self-employment and small businesses
  • Public health insurance plans: dependence and need
  • A stressed health care delivery system
  • Health care provider and workplace shortage
  • An aging rural population
  • A sicker, more at-risk population
  • Need for preventative care, health and wellness resources
  • Increasing dependence on technology
  • Effective emergency medical services
Don Bates, MBA, BS, ASB, OM - GPCH CEO
Don Bates, MBA, BS, ASB, OM - GPCH CEO

The staff at Golden Plains Community Hospital (GPCH) is a driven and dedicated team with a set of goals that we strive to accomplish each day, which include: improving the quality of care, increasing customer/patient satisfaction, minimizing cost, minimizing time involved in delivering service, decreasing staff frustration, and having staff empowered to be more effective.

We are using the tagline “Quality Care-Where You Live” to emphasize our desire to continue building a partnership with the community as we all seek to find opportunities to support wellness, and when needed, provide high quality health care, state-of-the-art technologies, and diagnostic improvements in a comfortable, healing environment. I'm very proud to be associated with the dedicated staff of professionals that work at GPCH – many of whom have dedicated their entire careers to meeting the health care needs of our community. Likewise, it is a privilege to partner with outstanding providers in our community to bring you a level of care envied by many communities.

Meet the Administration Team


Melody Henderson


Chief Operating Officer

Chief Nursing Officer


Dina Hermes



A Schroeder

Audrey Schroeder

Assistant CFO

Critical Access Healthcare

In October of 2007, Critical Access HealthCare, LLC, acquired ownership of Golden Plains Community Hospital. The Hutchinson County District, partnered with CAH, which assumed the operational responsibilities of managing the Hospital.  Read more about CAH.