Traffic Safety Awareness

Traffic Safety Awareness - Respect and Share the Road

Traffic safety: It’s the difference between life and death.

One of the biggest problems society faces today is coexisting, this problem goes beyond the work place, or family life, it also extends to our roads. Most injuries resulting from car accidents were completely preventable using proper traffic safety. Let’s learn to respect and share the road!
According to the World Health Organization

“About 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years.”

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Learning to share the road with cyclists, pedestrians, and other car drivers, is the first step in making our commutes safer and more enjoyable. Traffic safety is not a choice, it saves lives and it’s the law.

With the roads full of parents and children on their way to and from school, it’s particularly important to pay special attention to traffic safety. Altus Emergency Centers urges you to respect traffic signals and speed limits. We are all responsible for making our roads safer, with a little common sense a little courtesy and following the rules, we can all do our part in preventing accidents, whether you are driving a car or motorcycle, are out bicycling, walking, or running be aware of your surroundings and respect your fellow travelers.

TRAFFIC SAFETY TIPS

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Traffic Safety Tips for Pedestrians

  • Never Assume a Driver Has Seen You:  Be aware of cars turning into or getting out of driveways, or parking spaces. Stop, and make sure the driver has seen you before continuing. Also, when you are crossing a street or intersection, make eye contact with the drivers to be sure they have seen you.

  • Use the Sidewalks:  Sidewalks are roads for pedestrians, use them, they are there for your safety. If there are no sidewalks available, always walk facing traffic, and take extra precautions when walking around curves in the road, as visibility for motorist is limited and they may not see you.

  • Use Crosswalks:  If you need to cross a street or intersection, look for a crosswalk, if there none, keep in mind that as a pedestrian, you must yield to all other traffic when crossing, make sure you are crossing in a well-lit area with good visibility.

  • Be Alert:  These days it’s easy for us to become distracted by our mobile devices; these distractions are responsible many accidents. Keep your eyes on the road as you walk or run, if you are listening to music, make sure the volume allows you to still hear what is going on around you.

  • Make Yourself Visible:  This is especially important at night; if you plan to go for a walk, jog, or a run, at night make sure you wear light colored, reflective clothing.

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Traffic Safety Tips for Drivers

  • End Distracted Driving.  According to the CDC 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in distracted driving caused crashes. Distracted driving is when the conductor becomes distracted from driving. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 1 in 5 vehicle accidents is caused by driver distraction. Distractions can be: tending to children, eating, searching for something within the car, arguing, talking on the phone and texting. Fortunately, as of September 1st, 2017, texting and driving in Texas illegal.

  • Obey Speed Limits: We understand the need to be on time, and we even understand the thrill of fast driving, but speed limits are in place to safeguard all who travel on that road. Did you know that a pedestrian hit by a car going 40 mph has an 85% chance of being killed, while the risk at 20 mph is only 5%?

  • Expect and look for Pedestrians, Runners, Cyclists, and Motorcycles: Some roads prohibit pedestrians and cyclist but there is still a chance you will encounter one. Drive with the mindset that there might be others on the road, look out for them and respect their space.

  • Respect All Traffic Signals: Come to a complete stop when you encounter a stop sign or red light. Signal your turns and look both ways when changing lanes.

  • Respect Cyclists:  Cyclists cannot ride on sidewalks, they must do so on the road, this means they have the same responsibilities and rights as motorcar drivers. When passing a cyclist always give them at least 3 feet for safety, never honk as you approach them, as this may startle them and cause an accident. Before you open your door make sure there are no cyclists coming that can crash against your door.

  • Never Drive Under the Influence or When Overly Tired: Impaired driving is the leading cause of traffic accidents, if you have been drinking alcohol, have taken any drugs, prescription or otherwise, that can impair your driving, or are exhausted for any reason, do everyone a favor, and call a cab or opt for public transportation.

  • Be a Defensive Driver.  Remember that many drivers DO NOT practice proper traffic safety.  By staying alert to other drivers, you may avoid an accident.  Do not fall into road rage, this can only aggravate the problem.

  • Be Aware of Weather Dangers.  Make sure that your vehicle is rain-ready.  Keep in mind that during a rainstorm you could stand to lose two-thirds of your traction.  With this in mind, please driver slower, two-thirds slower could be a good rule to follow.   Appy the three-second rule during moments of poor visibility to allow yourself a safe stopping distance.

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Traffic Safety Tips for Cyclists

  • Follow the Rules of the Road:  As we mentioned before, cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers. So, respect traffic signals, come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights; keep as far right in your lane as you deem safe but avoid riding on the extreme right edge of the road.

  • Be Visible:  Wear bright colored clothes during the day, reflective gear at night, and always ride with lights at night.

  • Be Predictable:  Ride in a straight, predictable manner, avoid unnecessary swerving and sudden stops. Look ahead to spot drains, potholes, or debris on the road, this will give you time to go around them safely.

  • Signal Your Turns:  Use proper hand signals ahead of time to alert other drivers where you are going. Look, signal and look back again when you turn or change lanes.

  • Wear a Helmet:  Helmets only work if worn correctly, make sure your helmet is level and not tilted up, down or to the side. The chin strap should be snug and properly buckled.

COMMON TRAFFIC INJURIES

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Turning Your Back on Traffic Safety: The Possible Consequences

A vehicle is not only a means of transportation; it can also be a dangerous weapon. The following are the most common types of traffic injuries:

 

  • Head Injuries:  These can range from contusions, brain lacerations to hemorrhage. As the brain injury is the #1 cause for mortality in accidents, a CT Scan is recommended to get a real assessment of the degree of injury.

  • Spinal Cord Injuries:  These can range from mild to severe cases that may result in disability.

  • Neck Injuries ranging from mild to severe

  • Chest and Airway Injuries

  • Lower Back Injuries

  • Abdominal and Pelvic Injuries

  • Spinal Prolapsed, Slipped or Herniated Discs

  • Shoulder and Arm Injuries

  • Seatbelt Injuries, which can include damage to the shoulder, stomach, chest, ribs, neck, hips.

  • Bone Fractures of all Types

  • Damage to the Heart and Heart Attacks.

What Can Happen in an Accident?

Each time that you’re behind the wheel, you put your life and others’ in your own hands. In order to drive home the urgency of traffic safety, the following is a detailed account of the most common traffic injuries per accident:

  • Frontal Collisions: On frontal collisions fracture/dislocation of the ankles, knee or hip dislocations and femoral fractures. Depending on the severity, head, cervical and spine injuries are common as well.

  • Lateral Collisions:  Compressive pelvic injuries, pulmonary contusion, intra-abdominal solid organ injury and diaphragmatic rupture are common.

  • Rear Collisions:  Cervical spinal injuries are common.

  • Cyclists & Motorcyclists:  Head injuries and fractures of the lower extremities.

  • Pedestrians: Depending on the type of impact bumper, windscreen or ground, the following may occur: lower limb injuries, which can include everything ranging from gashes to fractures, torso, head and spinal injuries.

Source: WorldWideWounds

Let us make a pledge to learn to coexist on our roads, respecting traffic safety laws and our fellow travelers.

Spread the Knowledge to Help Save Lives

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Don’t Put Anyone at Risk! Practice Good Traffic Safety.

A traffic accident can range from minor to major injuries.  In many cases, the risk of a more serious injury to the brain or internal organs cannot be determined without having the correct medical equipment that will not be available at urgent care centers or clinics.  This is not the time to wait in line for hours or drive long distances to receive ER care.  Give yourself the best possibility to get well.  If you or someone you know are in a traffic accident visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center immediately.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency.

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State Fair of Texas Free Tickets Giveaway

State Fair of Texas Free Tickets Giveaway
Two Lucky Winning Families!

Like, Tag and Share to Win Free Tickets to the Texas State Fair!

Enter the Texas State Fair Free Tickets Giveaway! You could be one of the two lucky winners of a FOUR PACK to see Big Tex sponsored by Altus Emergency Waxahachie.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we believe in good old healthy fun. This October, we would like to reward two lucky families with a trip for four (4) each to enjoy all of the thrills and fun of the State Faire of Texas in Dallas.

What’s Up for Grabs!

This October the State Fair of Texas Free Tickets Giveaway allows for two (2) sets of winners with a four (4) pack in each set. This means that each of the TWO WINNERS get:

  • 4 General Admission Tickets

  • $50 in Food and Ride Coupons

HOW IT WORKS

HOW TO ENTER the Texas State Fair Free Tickets Giveaway

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Stay Tuned to find out if YOUR name comes up as one of the winners of our State Fair of Texas Free Tickets Giveaway sponsored by Altus Emergency Waxahachie!

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Rules:

  • Social Media: You must Like our Page, Share the Post Publicly & Tag Three Friends.
  • Email: You must supply a valid email address to receive your Raffle link.
  • You will rack up contest entries by sharing your link by email and/or social media pages, liking our social media pages and the unique clicks on your link. People who like, share and tag us publicly on social media posts will also be entered.
  • The winners will be rewarded with 4 free tickets to the Texas State Fair 2017.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winners must present a valid photo ID and agree to have a photo taken.
  • The following are not eligible to participate in the contest: employees of the company, affiliates, or any agency working with the company, and their immediate families.
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  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 9-29-2017.

Exploring Waxahachie Texas

Exploring Waxahachie Texas

Exploring Waxahachie, Where Fun and History Intertwine

The county seat of Ellis County is happening place filled with eclectic charm.  Less than an hour South of Dallas lies the historical town of Waxahachie.  Whether you’re simply thinking of exploring Waxahachie or are considering moving there, prepare yourself to get to know the Gingerbread Bread City.

Waxahachie is a town full of history and fun activities for the whole family, well worth exploring any time of the year.

Here are just some of the many interesting facts to help pique your curiosity! Get to know the home of the newest Altus Emergency Center through Exploring Waxahachie!

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What's in a Name?

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 As we set off exploring Waxahachie, the first thing that people will notice is its unusual name.  There has been a lot of mystery surrounding the name of the town, the most popular theory is that it has its origins with the Alabama Coushatta people who migrated to the area in 1850, at roughly the same time the town was founded.

 

If this is the case and it is a native Alabama language term, then Waxahachie means “calf’s tail”; the Alabama word “waaka” is an adaptation of the Spanish word vaca which means cow. Source: en.wikipedia.org This just goes to show that it’s a small world after all.

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As we drive up to our destination exploring Waxahachie, we will be greeted by a happy sign, ‘Welcome to Waxahachie, the Gingerbread City”. As in many towns in Texas, Waxahachie has its own nicknames.  Locals will commonly refer to it as “Hachie” for short.  Other common names are Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas and in its past history, the Cotton Capital of Texas.

Eccentric Neighbors

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One of the town’s landmarks is the Munster Mansion, an almost exact replica of the 1960’s TV show’s home of the Munster Family.

Charles and Sandra McKee, watched all 70 episodes of the show to come up with the floor plan to their unusual home.  The Waxahachie owners are such great fans of the classic show that they even included all of the props of the original home such as the coffin shaped phone booth, the electric chair, the stairwell, the kitchen with the bubbling brew and even the smallest details like the cobwebs and the cracks on the wall. If you are wondering if they keep Spot, their pet dragon under the stairs, the answer is… Yes!

If you would like to go exploring Waxahachie from an eccentrically spooky perspective, the Munsters Mansion is open to the public on Halloween each year, when the owners host a charity event.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival®

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Who doesn’t enjoy a little renaissance entertainment? The renaissance fair themed village features full combat armored jousts, birds of prey exhibitions, a mermaid lagoon and lots of good old-fashioned Henry the VIII style entertainment.

The Scarborough Renaissance Festival® has been held each year to the delight of history lovers since 1981 during April and May and through Memorial Day. There is a myriad of activities to enjoy at this eight-week long festival where you can proudly display your sword fighting skills or enjoy live entertainment.  People get to enjoy a taste of history, feasting like kings; or for the connoisseurs, there are wine and beer tasting events.  As for the shopaholics, there are more than 200 shops to visit.  This is only a small glimpse into the fun that’s in store for you on your visit to Waxahachie!

Historic Architecture

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From its beginnings, Waxahachie has been an economically thriving town that was left relatively unaffected by the Civil War. Source: tshaonline.org  Today, the prosperity of those times survives in the architecture that remains; majestic Victorian-style houses and buildings meticulously restored dating back before 1900.  Thanks to these architectural treasures, the city of Waxahachie received its top nickname, “Gingerbread City”.

Waxahachie’s architectural legacy is so vast, it accounts for 20% of all the buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Texas. One of the most beautiful and famous historic buildings is the Historic Ellis County Courthouse.

During the month of June, Waxahachie holds the Gingerbread Trail Tour, in which participants visit private historic homes as well as historically recognized buildings including the Ellis County Courthouse, the Sims Library, and other museums.  Other activities include tea time for children, expositions, live music, food and much more with all proceeds benefitting the Ellis County Museum.

Parks, Museums, and Recreation

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The city offers it residents and visitors a rich array of places to enjoy weekends and holidays for all ages and tastes. The following are just a few of the highlights:

  • There are several parks, including the Getzendaner Memorial Park, where healthy fun outdoor activities may be enjoyed such as picnicing, playing sports and hiking.

  • For the history buff, the Ellis County Museum is the perfect place to learn about the colorful past of this beautiful town.

  • Hearing the gospel has never been as fun as this!  Enjoy a unique spriritual experience at the biggest cowboy church in the world.  Historically big on spirituality, before the civil war, Waxahachie already had four churches in existence. Visitors can enjoy a casual, friendly and lively church experience at the non denominational Cowboy Church of Ellis County where jeans are the norm, baptisms are done in a horse trough and on site rodeos follow the worship service.

  • Lots of family fun awaits at the Madd Dogz Paintball Park or at the local bowling alley, Hill-Top Lanes where kids play free all summer through the month of October.  Where did I leave my bowling shoes?

What would you like to do on your visit to Waxahachie, Texas?  Please feel free to comment below!

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency

Access to High-Quality ER Attention, With No Lines!

Since it’s ribbon cutting ceremony held on March 27, 2017, Altus Emergency Waxahachie has provided an Emergency Medical Care solution OPEN 24 HRS with No Lines.  Located Next to TaMolly’s on 1791 N. Highway 77 Waxahachie, Texas 75165, Altus Emergency truly improves quality of life in Waxahachie.

The residents and visitors of Waxahachie will no longer have to spend hours waiting to receive quality on site ER care performed by emergency trained physicians.  We provide Freestanding Emergency Center solutions for Adults & Children including:

  • Trauma & Injury Care,

  • Cardiology,

  • High-Tech Imaging

  • and a Full Diagnostic Lab On-Site.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are proud to be a part of such a historic and family oriented town and are honored to employ talented and dedicated emergency care staff. We thank you for your warm welcome and look forward to serving the community for years to come.

Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency. Don’t drive far distances to receive proper care! Visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center!

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Children’s Eye Health and Safety: Safeguard Your Child’s Eyesight

Children’s Eye Health and Safety: Warning Signs and Injury Prevention Tips

Now that our kiddos are back in school, they will be exposed to many new experiences.  It’s important to keep them safe during these years of exploration and formation to prevent potential injuries and health issues.  However, the subject of children’s eye and health safety usually does not get the importance that it deserves.  Most parents have a myriad of issues to worry about but do not think that their child could lose their eye sight.  Unfortunately, according to statistics, during the year 2015, a total of 61,739 children of school age up to 21 years old were reported to have sustained some type of vision loss by pertinent agencies including state departments of education.

Altus Emergency Centers is committed to educating our communities about children’s eye health in safety in order to recognize the warning signs of child vision loss and most importantly preventing it.

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Know the Signs of Alert

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Children’s Eye Health and Safety:
Warning Signs

Very few people have 20/20 vision.  Many must use eye glasses, contact lenses or get eye surgery to correct their vision impairment.  However, if you do not practice proper children’s eye health and safety, a moderate vision issue can become more severe over time if left untreated.  If your child frequently displays the following signs it could signify they have a vision problem.

  • Rubs eyes frequently – complains of itchy, scratchy, or burning eyes

  • Closes or covers one eye

  • Tilts or thrusts head forward

  • Has trouble reading or doing close-up work

  • After performing some close-up task has a headache, feels sick, nauseated, or dizzy

  • Squints eyes or frowns frequently

  • They frequently complain that they are having problems understanding what their teacher writes on the classroom board.

 

Most common eyesight problems in children

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Our interest in Children’s Eye Health and Safety coincides with the start of the new school year.  If you haven’t already, we recommend you have your child’s eyes thoroughly examined by a professional.

Vision plays an important role in a child’s development, and studies have put in evidence that vision problems can affect a child’s mental, physical, social, and learning abilities, this means that early detection and correction are imperative to the well-being of a child.

Children’s Eye Health and Safety: The most common eye problems in children

Amblyopia

Commonly known as lazy eye, it is the leading cause of decreased vision among children. The condition develops when nerve pathways between the brain and the eye aren’t properly stimulated during infancy. Treatment options may include eye patches, eye drops, eyeglasses, or contact lenses and in some cases surgery.

Strabismus

This condition is what we normally refer to as crossed eyes, a child with this condition will have eyes that do not line properly, there is no known cause for this condition but it is believed to be genetic. In most cases, strabismus can be corrected with the use of eyeglasses or surgery.

Refractive Errors

Refractive errors occur when the shape of the eye prevents light from focusing directly on the retina. There are different types of refractive errors the most common in children are:

  • Myopia or nearsightedness: With this condition, objects that are close can be seen clearly, while objects that are far will seem blurry.

  • Hyperopia or farsightedness: In this case objects that are a certain distance away can be viewed clearly, while objects that are close by will be blurry. However, people experience farsightedness differently, some patients especially younger ones, may not notice any problems with their vision, while others with severe hyperopia will have blurry vision regardless of distance.

  • Astigmatism: This condition prevents the eye from evenly focusing light on the retina which is the light sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. As a result, vision will be blurry and may seem stretched out.

All refractive errors in children can be treated with the use of prescription eyeglasses, or contact lenses.

Preventing Eye Injuries

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A major part of Children’s Eye Health and Safety is injury prevention.  Aside from the conditions mentioned, one of the leading causes of child vision loss is injuries. Most injuries occur at home, in the car, school or while playing outside. Experts believe that more than 90% of eye injuries sustained by children could have been prevented by the use of protective eyewear.

Here are some ways you can prevent eye injuries in kids.

  • Children who play sports like baseball, basketball, football, soccer, hockey, tennis or even paintball, should wear protective eye gear made from polycarbonate lenses.

  • Keep sprays and chemicals out of reach from small children.

  • Kids doing yard work or helping with house repairs or projects should also wear protective eyewear.

  • Avoid purchasing projectile style toys such as darts, or missile-firing toys.

  • Only purchase toys which are marked “ASTM”, this means the toy complies with the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials

  • Prevent your children from playing with BB guns, non-powder rifles, pellet guns, rockets, or fireworks.

Step to Take if an Eye Injury Occurs

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What should I do if my child sustains an eye injury?

The eye is a particularly delicate organ.  Should your child suffer an eye injury, you should immediately transport him or her to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for treatment.

In addition, you should avoid doing the following:

  • Do not touch, rub, or apply pressure to the injured eye.

  • Do not attempt to remove any object that is currently stuck in the eye.

  • Do not apply any type of ointment or medication to the eye.

  • Cuts or puncture wounds should be gently covered, do not apply pressure.

  • In the event of a chemical exposure, rinse with water.

There is no need to call ahead of time when you are in route to our facilities, as there is minimal to no wait times at any of our ER centers.

Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones.

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Practice Good Children’s Eye Health and Safety!

This is a great opportunity to apply what you have learned about proper children’s eye health and safety and pay close attention to your child’s vision.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency. Don’t drive far distances to receive proper care! Visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center!

Altus Emergency Centers
Freestanding ERs. Saving Lives 24/7. No Lines.

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Waxahachie Director – Obinna Ononobi

Meet the Waxahachie Director: Obinna Ononobi, MBA, MHA

Introducing the Waxahachie Director of Operations and Development of Altus Emergency Center

On Tuesday, April 4th, 2017, Altus Emergency Center Waxahachie, the newest addition to the Altus Emergency family went operational. Under the leadership of Obinna “Obi” Onnonobi, the Waxahachie Director of Operations and Development, this high quality 24/7 Freestanding Emergency Center has blossomed into an important asset to the Waxahachie community.

As many will imagine, coming into a new community can be a major challenge, which is why Kevin Herrington, President of Altus Emergency Centers, knew that Obi was the right person for the job.

Everyone loves Obi…We can place him anywhere and he will get the job done. Kevin Herrington

Obinna Ononobi and his staff have won over the hearts of the Waxahachie community with his great sense of initiative, leadership, commitment and solid values. We invite everyone to get to know the man behind the kind smile. Meet the Waxahachie Director is dedicated to the amazing leadership behind Altus ER, they are the pillars of the Altus Emergency Centers.

Studies, Career & Personal Life

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A Broad Spectrum of Knowledge & Experience

Obinna Ononobi, the Waxahachie Director of Operations and Development, obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Finance and Marketing from Abilene Christian University before obtaining dual degrees, Master’s in Business Administration and Healthcare Administration at Dallas Baptist University. Obi played football back in college and has definitely maintained his team player mentality over the years.

Internship

During his internship, Obinna received ample hands on experience with research and applied knowledge that helped prepare him for his role as the Waxahachie Director. Obi was selected for a residency program in Connecticut with Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA). During this period he was involved in a Connecticut Public Health Strategic Analysis Project, whose purpose was to shape future public health policy, resource allocations, as well as identification of areas in need of improvement. This 140-page Statewide Health Profile was created for distribution to all member hospitals, state and local public health departments, policy makers, FQHC, professional associations and other stakeholders. The document served as the authoritative template for member hospitals, local health departments in their own analysis of health indicators; aligned with HHS Healthy People 2020 initiative as a part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The future director of Waxahachie also lead the analysis of Emergency Department (ED) utilization for dental care in Connecticut to provide perspectives on geographic and social economic utilization of emergency and preventative care at hospital EDs. The project created a benchmark and guidelines for policy making to effect change in reimbursement, access, and specific program developed to a high-risk population. This report was a joint project between the Connecticut Hospital Association and the Connecticut Department of Public Health; published Spring 2013.

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Professional Background

After his residency at CHA and working as a consultant thereafter, Obinna initiated with Altus Health under the Executive Fellowship Program under the mentorship of Kevin Herrington, who currently is the President of Altus Emergency Centers and Executive Vice President of Development – Healthcare Division ZT Wealth and ACHE Fellow. After having completed the rigorous Fellowship Program, a Healthcare Executive Development program to create well-rounded Altus Professionals, Obinna was placed in the leadership role of managing both operations and marketing for Altus Emergency Lake Jackson before elevating to a position in the development of all Altus Emergency Centers. Currently, Obi is the Waxahachie Director of Operations and Development.

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Recipient of the Forty Under 40 Award

Obinna Ononobi was honored to recently receive the “40-Under-40” Award for his superlative role as the Waxahachie Director. This new awards program created by the Waxahachie Daily Light and Midlothian Mirror highlights “40 young professionals who demonstrate excellence in the workplace, classroom, community or organization.”

“The staff and I are very proud of Obi and all his accomplishments, he is truly a great person to work for and always puts others before himself. He very deserving of this award.” – Christia Malonga.

Obi was selected to receive the award this year along with other 40 elite professionals who were selected as the “best and brightest young leaders in Ellis County.”

MEET THE WAXAHACHIE DIRECTOR

The Family Man

Obinna Ononobi was born in Lagos, Nigeria. After having become the recipient of a visa lottery, he immigrated to the United States at seven years of age. As a young child, Obinna and his family settled into the Dallas-Ft. Worth area where he grew up. Obi’s hobbies include: sports, working out, reading and traveling. The Waxahachie Director cherishes spending quality time with his family as well as being proactively involved in community service activities with local churches.

An Interview With Obi

We were happy to have the opportunity to chat with Obinna to get to know the man behind the kind smile. The following are some highlights of our interview with Obi.

Q: “Why did you decide to go into healthcare administration?”

A: Obi

After my second trip to Haiti and seeing how healthcare was just for the rich, I decided the healthcare route was the right career path to follow. This gave me an avenue not to only help people, but also enter a challenging career path.”

I like to be challenged. – Obi

Q: “What or who has been your biggest influence or your mentor?”

A: Obi

My biggest influences have been my parents. They really set a firm foundation for the person I am today. A foundation that has taken me this far in my career.

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Q: “What would you consider are your biggest accomplishments?”

A: Obi

“I’m the first person to go to business school in my family. I’m also proud of having received the Ellis County 40 under 40 Executives Award.”

Q: “What do you love most about working with Altus ER?”

A: Obi

“I like that Altus is not like any other Healthcare System, they stay ahead of the game. I love that I can be involved in many different aspects of healthcare and not tied down to just one area. This opens the door to a lot of opportunities.

Altus creates opportunities. – Obi

Q: “Who is the Waxahachie Director at Home?”

A: Obi

I live in the Dallas, Ft. Worth area. I love being so close to my family. I haven’t lived this close to my family in like 8 years.

I am a Christian first, a husband second, and a Healthcare Executive third. – Obi

“I love Jesus! I love attending church as well. Also, I am a newlywed! We’ve been married for less than 3 months. The emergency room runs on both sides. My wife is an ER nurse at Parkland Hospital in Dallas.”

I run a healthcare facility for work, but at home, I am just an assistant. lol. – Obi

EVERYBODY LOVES OBI!

Now We Know Why Obi is the Best!

We’re proud to have healthcare executives like Obi on our Altus Team who are not only prestigious professionals but excellent people as well. Thank you, Obi, for being a noble leader that everyone looks up to! Follow Obinna Ononobi through hashtag: #EveryoneLovesObi.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we’re honored to be a part of the Waxahachie community. Thank you for entrusting us with providing care for your friends and family. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency. Don’t drive far distances to receive proper care! Visit Altus Emergency Center Waxahachie!

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Flood Recovery Safety Tips

Flood Recovery Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life

Flood Recovery Safety: Prevention & Treatment Tips

The devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has left thousands of displaced families who are just now returning to their homes to assess the extent of the damages.

Our hearts go out to those who, one way or another have been affected by this terrible natural disaster, and reiterate our commitment to safeguarding the health of the members of our communities.

Now that the flood waters have receded in most counties, and people are preparing to go back to their homes, we would like to share some important flood recovery safety tips for homeowners and volunteers.

Flood Recovery Safety Tips to Prevent Skin Injuries

Flood recovery safety is necessary to avoid potential cuts and scrapes that are common when re-entering damaged homes.  Most of occur when clearing debris or moving furniture and other household items.

Preventing Skin Injuries

  • Wear appropriate clothing, long pants, long sleeve t-shirts are recommended when possible.

  • Wear well-fitting closed footwear, rubber or construction boots are ideal if you don’t have these sneakers will work, avoid wearing sandals.

  • Wear protective gloves, waterproof gloves are best, but even rubber gloves will serve to protect your hands.

Treating Skin Injuries

  • Wash the wound with clean water and soap as soon as possible.

  • Remove any particles that might become lodged in the skin.

  • Keep the wound covered to avoid contamination. If you see swelling, redness or if your wound starts to ooze, seek medical attention.

  • If you are experiencing profuse bleeding, apply pressure to the wound area and drive to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for medical assistance.

  • A Tetanus booster shot may be in order.

Flood Recovery Safety to Avoid Orthopedic Injuries

With so much debris around, there is a high risk of trips, falls and stumbles which result in minor orthopedic injuries such as sprains and strains. However, in some cases, the injury may involve broken bones.  Often, the difference between a minor or a major orthopedic injury is unclear, please seek immediate medical attention.

Preventing Orthopedic Injuries

  • Use proper lifting techniques, lift with your knees, not with your back.

  • Assess the terrain in and around your home, before you step on wooden planks or other debris.  This way, you will make sure they are not loose and are sturdy enough to carry your weight.

  • If you have weak joints, wear appropriate knee, ankle, or wrist braces to support your joints.

Treating Orthopedic Injuries

  • If you twist, sprain, or strain some part of your body, put ice on the injury to avoid swelling.

  • If the joint has already started to swell, elevate it to prevent or slow down the swelling.

  • In the event of a strain, stretching exercises will help to alleviate the pain.

  • Ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen will ease the pain may ease the pain in minor injuries.

  • If you suspect that you have a fractured bone or you experience a severe pain, please rush to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for treatment.

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Power Tools and Flood Recovery Safety

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During the flood recovery period, many will be repairing their homes which require the use of power tools.  Inappropriate use of home repair equipment may result in serious injuries.

Preventing Power Tool Injuries

  • Wear protective gear, goggles, gloves, headphones, etc.

  • Saws should be used on a firm surface that will not slip or fall while operating it.

  • Nail guns should be used with extreme caution.

Treating Power Tool Injuries

  • Deep cuts and puncture injuries will require immediate medical attention. If this occurs to you or someone around you, wrap the wound in a clean cloth and apply pressure to stop the bleeding while you seek help.

Do not Risk Electrocution During Flood Recovery

Anytime water has been present anywhere near electrical circuits there is a high risk of electrocution. Damp electrical panels and outlets are prone to short circuits that may cause fires or electrocute anyone who comes into contact with them.

Preventing Electrical Hazards and Injuries

  • Watch out for downed power lines around your home.  If there is one within your property, contact your power company to verify the power line has been de-energized.

  • Do not plug in any equipment to outlets who were submerged during the flood.

  • Disconnect the main power supply to your home before you start removing appliances.

  • If a fire breaks out in your home due to a short circuit, evacuate the home immediately and contact the fire department or call 911.

  • Practice wise flood recovery safety by never attempting to repair or clear a damaged power line or switch box. This should only be done by qualified technicians.

Treating Electrical Injuries

Cases of electrical shocks always need emergency medical attention, even if the person appears to be fine afterward.

  • If someone has been electrocuted, the first step is to separate them from the power source.  First, make sure you are standing on a dry surface.  Then, always use non-conductive objects such as a dry wooden plank, plastic broom handle, a non-metallic chair, etc.

  • Rush the patient to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for er medical attention.

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Rodents, Snakes, Insects, and Other Animals and Flood Recovery Safety

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During a flood, humans are not the only ones who are displaced, wild animals will seek shelter wherever they can, and some may have taken refuge in your home or surrounding areas.

Preventing Injuries from Animal Attacks

  • Wear heavy leather gloves when clearing debris, snakes, and rodents may be living under it.

  • Always wear insect repellents that contain DEET or Picaridin.  It is vital to use insect repellent after a flood as there will be a proliferation of insects such as mites, ticks, and mosquitos, some of which spread dangerous viruses and diseases.

  • Wear long pants, socks, and long-sleeved shirts.

  • Wear boots that are at least 10 inches high

  • Avoid contact with live or dead wildlife, and wash your hands regularly.

Treating Snake and Insect Bites

  • Insect bites can be treated with over-the-counter medications that relieve pain and prevent infections.

  • Beware of fire ant colonies.  Their bites are extremely painful and can cause blisters or severe allergic reactions that include chest pain, nausea, trouble speaking, loss of breath and extreme swelling.  Should you or anyone around you experience any of these symptoms, please seek immediate medical attention.

  • If bitten by a snake, keep calm and still to slow the spread of the venom and rush to the nearest Altus Emergency Center to receive treatment. If possible take a picture of the snake so our doctors can apply the appropriate antidote.

Air Quality Hazards and Flood Recovery Safety

After a flood, the spread of mold is a factor that worries many, especially those who suffer from respiratory problems.

Preventing Air Quality Hazards

  • Always work in well-ventilated spaces.

  • Mold can develop within 24-48 hours of a flood.  You can control its growth by cleaning surfaces with a non-ammonia detergent or pine oil cleaner and disinfect with a 10% bleach solution. Caution: Never mix ammonia and bleach as the resulting fumes are highly toxic.

  • Never use power generators or water pumps inside as they release deadly carbon monoxide.

Treating Breathing problems

  • Mold can cause allergies and other respiratory problems, if you have been exposed to black mold, seek medical assistance.

  • If you suspect there has been a carbon monoxide poisoning, call 911 or rush to nearest Altus Emergency room.

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Heat Injury Safety During Flood Recovery

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Both heat stroke and heat exhaustion must be considered in flood recovery safety as they are real concerns.

Preventing Heat Injuries

  • Drink plenty of clean water.

  • Avoid being in direct sunlight between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm if possible.

  • Wear sunscreen.

  • Wear sunglasses.

Treating Heat Injuries

  • Take the individual to a cool place out of the sun and provide them with plenty of drinking water.

  • Replenish fluids with hydrating beverages rich in electrolytes such as Gatorade and similar sports drinks.

  • If the person becomes seriously disoriented or experiences a swelling of the tongue or difficulty speaking, rush them to the ER right away.

Water Contamination, Chemical and Biological Hazards During Flood Recovery

Water Contamination

Contaminated water can cause diarrhea, rashes, and host of other unpleasant symptoms.

Preventing Water Contamination Symptoms

  • If the water supply in your area has been contaminated, do not drink from it.

  • Avoid getting contaminated water in your eyes or open wounds.

  • Throw away any food that has been into contact with flood water.

  • Do not let children play in flood water puddles.

Treating Contaminated Water Symptoms

  • In the case of diarrhea, keep hydrated and take over the counter medication. If these do not stop the episode then seek medical attention.  Cases that involve small children and the elderly are particularly sensitive.  Please seek immediate emergency medical attention if your baby or toddler experiences diarrhea and/or vomiting accompanied by a fever.

  • If allergic skin reactions occur such as rash, it is best to have a doctor examine it.

  • Open wounds that have come in contact with contaminated waters should be seen a doctor as they could become infected by bacteria.

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Chemical and Biological Hazards

There have been serious reports of chemical and biological spills in some areas, encountering these through flood waters, or inhaling toxic gases can prove fatal.

If you suspect you may have been exposed to any chemicals or biological hazards, get to the nearest Emergency Center right away.

Together We Will Heal From Hurricane Harvey

Stay Safe, Stay Together and Stay Strong Texas!

By heeding flood recovery safety tips you help prevent an additional tragedy from occurring.  Thank you for inspiring us with so many amazing people who have reached out to their fellow Texan during Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.  This is a clear reflection of the big hearts that live in our great state of Texas.  Thank you to all of the first responders and volunteers that have pitched in to help.  Together, we will rebuild a bigger, better Texas!

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency. Don’t drive far distances to receive proper care! Visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center!

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