Coleman County Medical Center

Large enough to serve you. Small enough to know you.

The healthcare professionals of Coleman County Medical Center are committed to delivering high-quality healthcare services close to home for Coleman County residents. Since the hospital originally opened in the early 1920s that mission has remained the same.

CCMC, named after Overall-Morris Memorial Hospital, has provided healthcare to the residents of Coleman County since 1923. A second building was added in 1935, and was connected to the original building with enclosed corridors. In 1967, a new patient care wing was added to the north side of the facility and the original portion of the hospital was closed.

The first floor of the north wing was enclosed in 1977 to provide additional space. Currently, the first floor of the facility provides patient care and houses administrative and management offices. The second floor is occupied by the surgical and maternity departments and the hospital’s rural health clinic, Coleman County Medical Associates. The clinic provides primary care through private family practices run by the doctors and mid-level providers of CCMC.

Like most small, rural hospitals, CCMC was hit hard financially by the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 that substantially cut Medicare payments. Revenue was drastically reduced but the cost of caring for the patients remained the same. To maintain the quality of care the community had come to expect, Coleman County residents voted to create a hospital district as a means of keeping the hospital open. The tax money generated from the hospital district helped pay operational costs for CCMC. Subsequently, the hospital applied for Critical Access status to further improve its economic stability. Critical Access status allows the hospital to increase its income by increasing the amount in Medicare payments received. The hospital was awarded that status in March of 2004.

To continue to guarantee the hospital’s ability to deliver quality healthcare to Coleman County and surrounding communities, the Hospital District Board hired Preferred Management, a management company providing innovative, comprehensive management services to hospitals and healthcare facilities in rural areas, to operate the hospital in 2011.

Hospital Leadership
Clay Vogel Clay Vogel Clay Vogel, Administrator

Clay Vogel brings almost 20 years of healthcare experience to CCMC, most recently as the chief executive officer of Hamlin Memorial Hospital, Hamlin, Texas, and chief operations officer for Regan Hospital District, Big Lake, Texas.  He also has substantial experience in clinic operations resulting from his stints as clinic director for Reagan Hospital District and Rural Health Clinic manager for Sonora Medical Clinic, Sonora, Texas.

A San Saba native, Vogel graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and a minor in healthcare from Howard Payne University, Brownwood, Texas.   His first healthcare position was assistant to the administrator at Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital, Brady, Texas, where he remained for the next nine years through a series of promotions.
Melissa Ereman, RN Melissa Ereman, RN Chief Nursing Officer Melissa Ereman, RN, Chief Nursing Officer

Melissa Ereman has been with CCMC since 1998, serving as its chief nursing officer since 1999.  Over the course of her employment at CCMC, she has worked in every nursing area and department providing her with hands on knowledge of the needs of patients and nursing staff alike.

Melissa received her LVN training at Ranger Jr. College, Brownwood, Texas, and began her nursing career in Massachusetts where her husband served in the military.  After moving back to Texas, she continued her education at Howard Payne University, Brownwood, Texas, and graduated from the RN program at Cisco Junior College, Abilene, Texas.  During this period she worked at Holiday Hills Nursing Home in Coleman as its director of nursing.
Medical Providers
Darron T. Atwood, MD Darron T. Atwood, MD Darron T. Atwood, MD, specializes in family medicine and emergency medicine.  He has served the residents of Coleman County for almost 15 years.  He completed his residency at the John Peter Smith Hospital Family Practice Internship and Residency program, Ft. Worth, and earned his medical degree from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies.  Dr. Atwood received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas, Arlington. He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
John Horner, MD John Horner, MD John Horner, MD, came to Coleman from the Rapid City Regional Family Medical Residency program in South Dakota.  He obtained his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine, Grand Forks, South Dakota, and his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.  He is board certified by the American Board of Medicine.
J. Paul Reynolds, MD J. Paul Reynolds, MD J. Paul Reynolds, MD, has been a member of the Medical Staff at CCMC for almost 25 years.  He completed his residency training at John Peter Smith Hospital Family Practice Internship and Residency program and earned his medical degree from Texas Tech University of Health Sciences Center, Lubbock.  Dr. Reynolds completed his undergraduate work at Baylor University, Waco.  He is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.
Nurse Practitioner
David Longley, FNP-C David Longley, FNP-C David Longley, FNP-C, is a certified nurse practitioner who moved to the U.S. from England to study nursing.  He received his LVN and RN at Ranger College in Brownwood, Texas, and Excelsior College, New York City, New York, respectively.  He received his Bachelor of Science in nursing, Master of Science in nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner certification from Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas.