October 2017 - Best Texas ER Open 24/7, No Lines - Altus Emergency

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

Trick–or–Treating Safety Tips

Halloween is by far the most fun filled night of the year for children and yes, for adults too, let’s face it, what can be better than dressing up, staying up late and eating a ton of yummy treats?

But, there is a scary side to Halloween that tops any ghost, goblin, ghouls, or things that go bump in the night, we are of course referring to accidents. Sadly, we at Altus Emergency Centers know all too well how devastating these can be.  This year, we would like to ensure that all enjoy the fun of Halloween without the dangers by practicing good trick-or-treating safety tips.

Horrifying Halloween Facts

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  • Kids are twice as likely to be hit by a motor vehicle and sustain serious injury or even death on Halloween night than any other night of the year.

  • Kids with severe food allergies are especially vulnerable during a trick-or-treat run.  As much as they can’t wait to enjoy a bite of delicious candy, please remember that food safety is an important part of trick-or-treating safety.

  • Elaborate costumes especially those that include long or loose-fitting clothing, masks, or props such as swords, can impair vision and make it difficult for a child to move, increasing their risk of falling and injuring themselves.

  • Carving a pumpkin is a dangerous affair, especially for small kids, deep cuts that require stitching are common this time of year.

  • Severe burns from a candle lit Jack O’ Lanterns are all too common.

Halloween Safety Tips

Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips

As frightening as these facts are, you need not worry, the heroic staff of Altus Emergency Centers is here to help you avert the terrors of the night, follow our trick-or-treating safety tips, and enjoy a fun night with your family.

  • Our first trick-or-treating safety tip is important at all times, not only on Halloween.  Never let kids under 12-years of age go trick-or-treating alone if you cannot accompany them, make sure a trusted adult is with them.

  • If you have older kids that will be going out on their own, make sure they are traveling in a group, and follow their route with the use of the GPS tracking system on their phones. Agree on a specific time they should return home.

  • Plan your route in advance, if possible avoid heavy traffic areas. Stick to a route you and your kids are familiar with.

  • Choose costumes that are bright or attach some reflective tape to the costume and trick-or-treat bags to increase visibility and help motorists spot your kids from a distance.

  • Make sure shoes are comfy and well fitted, trick-or-treating could take you several blocks away from home, comfy shoes are necessary to prevent blisters.

  • Masks can block or limit eyesight, making it difficult for your child to navigate and increasing their risk of injury, to avoid this consider using non-toxic makeup and well-fitted hats instead.

  • Makeup should be tested ahead of time on a small patch of skin to ensure there are no allergic reactions, if your child suffers one, take him/her immediately to the nearest Altus ER Center for treatment.

  • Remove all makeup before your kids go to bed to prevent skin and eye irritation.

  • When out shopping for costumes, wigs, and other accessories, make sure the label clearly states they are flame resistant.

  • The next trick-or-treating safety tip begins with costume selection to avoid potential injuries associated with falling.  Ensure your child’s costume is the appropriate length, long costumes increase the chances of your child tripping and hurting themselves.

  • If possible avoid costumes with weapons, but, if your child won’t have it any other way, make sure swords, knives, guns, etc. are short, soft, and flexible.

  • Never use over-the-counter decorative contact lenses, as these can cause pain, inflammation, infections, and other serious eye disorders which may lead to permanent vision loss. All contact lenses should be prescribed by an eye care professional.

  • Teach your kids how to call 911 or any other emergency number if they get lost or feel they may be in any sort of danger.

  • Instruct your kids to never get into a stranger’s car.

  • Tell your kids not to eat any treats until they return home, especially if they have food allergies. Inspect all treats before allowing your children to consume them.

  • Limit the number of sweets your kids can eat at once, hide the candy and allow them to consume it a little at a time over the next few days or weeks.

  • Never let small children carve a pumpkin, instead have them draw a scary face on it with a marker.

  • Choose to light up your Jack O’ Lantern with a flashlight, battery operated led light, or glow stick instead of a candle.

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No Need to Fear When Altus ER is Here

Have a Fun & Safe Halloween!

Altus Emergency Centers wants you to have a fun and safe Halloween, follow our trick-or-treat safety tips but know that accidents can happen even when you are being careful, which is why we will be here to take care of you and your loved ones on the scariest night of the year and every other night too.

Should you or someone you know require immediate ER care, it is never the time to wait in line for hours or drive long distances.  Give yourself the best possibility to get well.  If you or someone you know need emergency medical assistance, 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.

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

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National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month – Help Us Save More Lives

Help Us Save More Lives

National Sudden Cardiac Arrest Month

Sudden Cardiac Arrest claims the life of a person every two minutes, and yet most people don’t understand the difference between sudden cardiac arrest and a heart attack. Mortality rates for patients who suffer a Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) outside of the hospital or emergency center are estimated to be as high as 90%. For this reason, the staff of Altus Emergency Centers joins the nationwide efforts to raise the public’s attention to this deadly condition.  This National Cardiac Arrest Month, we hope to teach our communities so that together, we can help save more lives!

Alarming Facts of Sudden Cardiac Arrest

  • According to American Heart Association’s “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics – 2017” The annual incidence of EMS assessed non-traumatic out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) in 2015 was estimated at 356,500.

  • 9 out of 10 of victims who suffer an OHCA don’t survive.

  • SCA is the third leading cause of death in the US.

  • More than 65% of Americans not only underestimate the seriousness of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) but in fact believe it is a type of heart attack.

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The Difference Between a Heart Attack and Sudden Cardiac Arrest

The best way to describe a heart attack (myocardial infarction or MI) in non-medical terms is to describe it as a plumbing issue. A heart attack occurs when the heart’s blood supply is blocked or reduced causing parts of the heart muscle to become injured or die.

During a heart attack the victim is conscious and the heart continues to beat, patients may complain of one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain or discomfort.

  • Shortness of breath.

  • Pain or discomfort in the one or both upper extremities, with the pain spreading to the shoulder, upper back, neck, or jaw.

  • Nausea, sweating or lightheadedness.

  • A sense of anxiety.

In contrast, sudden cardiac arrest is best described as an electrical problem that prevents the heart from functioning adequately and causes it to suddenly stop beating. As a result, the victim will lose consciousness and appear lifeless, in some cases, there can be abnormal gasping which can last a few minutes, or seizures during the first 10 to 20 seconds after collapsing.  These immediate telltale signs of alert are triggered as the brain is deprived of blood and oxygen.

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How Can You Help Us Save More Lives?

When it comes to sudden cardiac arrest time is critical, if the victim does not receive the immediate help they will die within minutes. Here is what you can do to:

  • As soon as you notice someone losing consciousness, call 911.

  • Check for vital signs (pulse, breathing), if you don’t find any, immediately start CPR, don’t wait for the paramedics to arrive.

  • If available, use an automated external defibrillator (AED).

While it is best to be trained in CPR and the use of an AED, any person can provide lifesaving care by applying rapid compressions to the middle of the victim’s chest.  Aim for 100 beats per minute with minimal interventions, try humming the Bee Gee’s hit “Staying Alive” to get the right rhythm, if you have an AED at hand follow its directions.

Don’t hesitate to provide what lifesaving care you can, the worst thing you can do is to do nothing while you wait for the ambulance to arrive. Sudden cardiac arrest victims can survive if they receive immediate CPR and are promptly treated with AED’s, but it needs to be done within 3 to 5 minutes after collapsing.

Once the paramedics arrive and stabilize the patient, instruct them to transport the victim to the nearest Altus Emergency Center where there is no wait time and the patient will receive immediate care significantly improving their chances of survival.

Nearly 1 in 3 Victims of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Survive when the episode is Witnessed by a Bystander.

The staff of Altus Emergency Centers is committed to saving as many lives as possible.  We are committed to education, prevention and awareness to help reduce the loss of lives as a result of out of hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and sudden cardiac arrest.  We encourage you to spread this valuable information with others as the next life that could be saved is yours.

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Our Doctors and Nurses Are Here for You

We Are Just Around the Corner When You Need ER Help

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are proud to be a part of our Texas communities. We believe that together, we can help build a happier, safer and healthier Texas!

Should you or someone you know require immediate ER care, it is never the time to wait in line for hours or drive long distances.  Give yourself the best possibility to get well.  If you or someone you know need emergency medical assistence, 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.

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

Find an Altus ER Near You.

Visit Lake Jackson Texas

Visit Lake Jackson Texas

Visit Lake Jackson Texas the City of Enchantment

It’s no coincidence that Lake Jackson’s nickname is “The City of Enchantment”.  A combination of scenic beauty and unique city planning results in its distinctive personality that many have grown to love.  Whether you live here or are thinking of passing by, this article is dedicated to our beloved Brazoria County town of Lake Jackson Texas, a remarkable place home to a fun-loving and tight-knit community.

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Unlike most towns, Lake Jackson Texas was conceived and planned before a single stone was laid.  As a matter of fact, Oak Drive where Altus Emergency Center Lake Jackson is located was the very first street constructed.  Architect Alden B. Dow, the man responsible for the town’s design, is considered a visionary.  Mr. Dow gave clear instructions to the workers to spare as many trees as possible during the construction, thus preserving the natural history and ecosystems of the area while at the same time creating an enchanting city. As a result, thanks to him, Lake Jackson could be regarded as one of the first environmentally conscious cities in the country.

Visit Lake Jackson Texas is brought to you by Altus Emergency Center Lake Jackson, We’re Not Neighbors, We’re Family!

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Originally built as a town to house the employees of the Dow Chemical Company back in 1941, today Lake Jackson is home to more than 26,000 people.  This growing community has become an important economic center in the area.

The City of Enchantment has many attractions that provide healthy entertainment to its residents and visitors alike, among them we find:

Sea Center Texas

When you visit Lake Jackson Texas, we encourage you to take a trip to the Sea Center Texas.  This hidden gem is the largest redfish hatchery in the world, it produces some 20 million fingerlings of red drum and spotted trout a year which is then released into the Texas coastal waters. In addition to the aquariums, they have a 24-foot touch display, saltwater marsh displays as well as a freshwater marsh full of wildlife.

Lake Jackson Historical Museum

The Lake Jackson Historical Museum is about a half day treat for you and your family to enjoy during your visit to Lake Jackson Texas.

The most entertaining way to learn about the fantastic history of Lake Jackson, the museum chronicles the history of the area with interactive exhibits and high-tech displays focusing on 4 eras, pre-historic era, the plantation era, the development of its petrochemical industry and finally the construction of modern-day Lake Jackson.

Life-like animatrons of Alden Dow will explain why Lake Jackson’s streets are named “This Way” and “That Way. Visitors can also fly the Windecker Eagle airplane themselves and learn about life during the plantation era from Major Abner Jackson himself.

There are several other exhibits worth enjoying such as the section on the native Karankawa Indians who resided in Lake Jackson area as well as the Texas coastline in the 1600’s.  Last but not least, many people have heard of the Tejano singer, Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, but did you know that she grew up in Lake Jackson Texas?  There is a recent exhibit dedicated to this beloved Tejano Pop music singer in the Lake Jackson Historical Museum.

Mammoth Lake Dive Park

Where else can you enjoy an aquatic adventure and spot mammoth remains?  Drop by the Mammoth Lake Dive Park, the former archaeological dig site near Lake Jackson Texas and explore interesting wrecks during your visit. Have a close encounter with the remains of huge Mammoth unearthed in the area while you earn your scuba diver’s certification, the lake has a lot of cool things to explore and the restaurant where the mammoth bones are displayed is fantastic.

A Tight-Knit Community

Lake Jackson Texas is indeed beautiful and full of adventures, but it is also home to a tight-knit community that is concerned with real issues affecting our society, after so many years operating in Lake Jackson, Altus Emergency Center is proud to be another concerned member of the community, and it is because of this that we have forged valuable alliances with both local government agencies like the Lake Jackson Police Association, the Lake Jackson Fire Department, Brazoria Chamber of Commerce, and the Brazoria Independent School District as well as amazing non-profit organizations such as:

Women’s Center of Brazoria County: An organization that provides help to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Habitat for Humanity: The Habitat for Humanity chapter in Southern Brazoria revitalizes neighborhoods, and builds affordable and sustainable housing, while at the same empowers families through successful homeownership programs.

SPCA: Animals deserve second chances too, SPCA of Brazoria County works tirelessly to find good homes for stray and homeless animals in the community.

The staff of Altus Emergency Center Lake Jackson encourages all Lake Jackson residents and its visitors to explore the beauty of the City of Enchantment and become involved with one or more of the different programs that strive to make our community even better than it already is.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency

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

Since it’s opening held on April 14th, 2014, Altus Emergency Center Lake Jackson has provided an Emergency Medical Care solution OPEN 24 HRS with No Lines. Conveniently located on 200 Oak Drive South Lake Jackson, TX 77566, Altus Emergency truly improves quality of life in Lake Jackson.

The residents and visitors of Lake Jackson 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: CT Scan, X-Ray & Ultrasound,

  • Pediatrics Care Department,

  • and a Full Diagnostic Lab On-Site.

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

Altus Emergency Center Lake Jackson: We’re Not Neighbors, We’re 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 your nearest Altus Emergency Center!

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

Find an Altus ER Near You.

Hudson ISD Open House & Health Fair

Hudson ISD Open House & Health Fair

At the Carnival of the Hudson ISD Open House & Health Fair!

On October 5, 2017, we enjoyed a wondrous time filled with fun at the Hudson ISD Gym.  A CHI St. Luke’s Health – Memorial Community Partner, Hudson ISD held an Open House and Health Fair with this year’s theme being “At the Carnival”.  The health fair was held from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm and time flew by!  The place was packed and buzzing with nearly 500 people dropping by the home of the Hudson Hornets. 

Our Participation in the Hudson ISD Open House & Health Fair

CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial – Emergency Center at Lufkin joined other local businesses and organizations in spreading valuable information on health.  CHI St. Luke’s Health Emergency Center is In-Network, Accepting Medicare and Medicaid.  Visitors learned that their trusted source for Fast 24/7 ER Care Now Offers outpatient imaging and lab services daily. We’re reliable and convenient will not turn anyone away who is emergent.

You can count on us Monday through Sunday, 24/7 and even through the holidays.  We’re located in front of Sam’s and Walmart with a convenient park area,  so drop by anytime you need high-quality ER Care!

Photo Fun Highlights of the Hudson ISD Open House & Health Fair

Fun Times at Hudson ISD: Photo Gallery

We were surrounded by cheerleaders, the drill team, students, parents and community members.  Enjoy highlights of the lovely time that we had at the Hudson ISD Open House and Health Fair 2017!

We’re Here for You, Hudson ISD!

During a medical emergency, there is no time to waste, especially in delicate cases that involve children. We believe in providing parents fast access to ER care so that their children will not have to wait long times to be attended. At CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center, we are always open, always ready and always fast when caring for adults and children. Visit our Facebook or Instagram pages to stay up to date with our Lufkin Community activity participation, safety tips and great photos.

CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial ER Lufkin
Lufkin’s Premier Freestanding ER.
Always Here. Always Fast. Always Open.

Next to Sam’s and Walmart!
501 N. Brentwood Drive
Lufkin, Texas

CALL US: 1 936-699-5900

Emergency Nurses Week

Happy Emergency Nurses Week!

Emergency Nurses Week. Honoring Those Who Care for All

Altus ER is proud to celebrate another Emergency Nurses Week along with the most talented and dedicated group of Emergency Nurses ever assembled. While we are grateful every day for the hard work these professionals do, we take special care to honor their dedication and commitment to helping patients this week.

Through their compassion and deep understanding of the human condition, our knowledgeable nurses do so much more than just administer care to patients who walk through our doors every day, they provide comfort and reassurance, they educate patients and their families, they are therapists and advisors, and most importantly they are advocates of their patients.

They're Special!

What Makes Emergency Room Nurses So Special?

Like other nurses, they must complete a rigorous medical training and become licensed before they can practice their profession, but, what sets an emergency room nurse apart from nurses in other areas of healthcare, is their ability to react in a stressful situation. Because they are the frontline of triage they face multiple types of injuries every day, from splinters, and minor cuts to severe trauma which can be life-threatening.

Keeping calm in stressful situations, where patients and their loved ones are in pain, shock, and fearful, is an invaluable trait every one of our emergency nurses possesses. They have an uncanny emotional stability that allows them to cope with dire situations while remaining calm and sympathetic as they provide the highest quality of patient care.

They are the liaison between emergency doctors and patients, often translating complex medical lingo pertaining to diagnosis, and treatment, making it easier for patients and their loved ones to understand, they diligently listen to patient concerns and answer questions in a truthful yet tactful manner.

They keep the emergency room and doctors organized, allowing us to ensure our patients zero wait times when they visit any of our facilities. They are the heart and soul of our business, responsible for so many critical aspects of our operation including:

 

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Triage

These caring souls are the ones who assess the severity of a patient’s condition and collect their medical history. With this information, they can quickly assign the patient to the doctor on staff best qualified to attend their needs.

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Patient Care

Taking vital signs, administering medication, monitoring patient progress, helping to stabilize patients, caring for wounds, and assisting with critical patients are all part of an emergency nurse’s duties. In addition to these, our nurses are responsible for the patient’s medical chart, making sure it is up to date and accurate, this part of the process is of the utmost importance, as any missing or inaccurate information could hinder treatment and possibly endanger the patient’s life.

 

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Patient Discharge

Emergency nurses also handle all patient discharges, making sure all paperwork is appropriately filled out, and patients and their families understand all doctor recommendations and treatment course.

 

Thank You to All of Our Amazing Nurses!

In the wake of the terrible disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey, this Emergency Nurses Week, Altus Emergency Centers would like to celebrate, honor, and express our infinite gratitude to our formidable emergency nurses who have proven to be the most selfless, powerful, resourceful, and masterful human beings.

During those times of crisis as they do every day, they never stopped, and never faulted in their commitment to saving lives, providing comfort, and helping patients through their darkest moments. For that and everything they do for patients every day, we at Altus Emergency Centers are eternally grateful.

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Altus Emergency Nurses Are the Best!

People who choose to become an ER nurse were born with a special calling.   At Altus Emergency Centers, our RN’s are the cream of the crop!  Although Emergency Nurses Week lasts only seven days, you are on call 27/7/365 days of the year.   You help us win awards, you are Altus ER embassadors, you work actively to help build up your Texas communities, you are our friends who help us feel better.  Thank you to all the brave men and women RN’s of Altus Emergency Centers!

Great experience and a great lesson learned. We went for an open flesh wound caused by a dog bite. We were in and out of Altus in about 30 minutes compared to the 4 hour wait time at the hospital. Great facility, nice staff, and beats waiting at the ER. For the dog bite, they gave my wife a tetanus shot and cleaned up the wound with some iodine or peroxide and wrote her a prescription for an antibiotic. Going to a Primary Care Physician or Urgent care with insurance would be inexpensive. Going to an emergency center, whether at the hospital or and independent location like Altus, should be a last resort. A friend of mine who is a nurse told us, “Emergency care is the best and most expensive care you’ll ever receive, even with insurance, It’s why nurses avoid the ER.”This applies to ANY ER you visit. Expect to receive at leaset 2 bills, one from the facility (Altus) and one from each specialist (Dr. Noname), i.e. on call physician, radiologist if you need Xrays, pathologist, etc. HERE’S WHAT GOT US. Our BCBSTX covered 70% of the facility visit but DID NOT pay for the doctor. I’m not going to get into how much the total visit was, but it was something I was not able to afford at the time. I spoke with a nurse and she gave me the Administrator’s card. I explained to him the situation and he was quite pleasant to speak with. I OWE AMIR BASHIRI a BIG BIG BIG THANK YOU for the financial assistance you were able to provide us with.

— Reagan Martin

Meet the Altus Emergency Nurses!

During all of Emergency Nurses Week, we will be posting photos of our ER Nurses here and on our social media pages.  The next time you see them in the supermarket, at a school, at an event or anywhere else, please say hello and remember, that they are here for you!

Our Doctors and Nurses Are Here for You

We Are Just Around the Corner When You Need ER Help

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are proud to be a part of our Texas communities and are honored to employ talented and dedicated emergency care staff. We look forward to serving you 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!

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

Find an Altus ER Near You.

Trunk or Treat Lumberton Event

Join us at the 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat Lumberton

You’re in for a Trick or TREAT!

Calling all you goblins, princesses, zombies, witches, ghosts and superheroes!  It’s time to doll up that truck just in time for the second annual, Trunk or Treat Lumberton Event!  This spooky and fun-filled event is sponsored by Altus Emergency Lumberton, First Baptist Lumberton Church, as well as the Lumberton High School Key Club.   We promise an event filled with the magic of Halloween turned good! This fun free event being held on Tuesday, October 31st from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Altus Emergency Center Lumberton location: 137 North LHS Drive Lumberton, TX 77657.

Decorate Your Trunk for a Chance to Win a Prize!

The Top 3 Best Decorated Trunks will Win a Spooky Prize!  During this free for all family-friendly event, we will be having spots for trunks to line up. The top 3 decorated trunks will win a prize.  We encourage everyone to get creative and enroll your trunk for a chance to win!  To participate, contact Bradley Jackson at bdjackson@altusemergency.com.

 

What We Have In Store for You

A Spooktacular Night is Planned for You! Trunk or Treat Lumberton Event Activities.

A Haunting We Will Go!  This year, Altus Emergency Centers has a ton of healthy fun for everyone!  Bring your friends, family, decorated trunks and canned foods to help the communities most affected by Harvey.

  • Multiple trunks decorated to give out free candy to kids and families.

  • Top 3 Best Decorated Trunks Win Prizes!

  • Carnival Games Always Pure Fun for Kids of All Ages

  • Capture Your Scariest Angle at Two Fun Photobooths!

  • Jam to Halloween Tunes played by our favorite DJ

  • Canned Food Drive for those affected by Harvey

Key Club’s Canned Food Drive for Harvey Help:  One CAN Make a Difference!

Come to the Trunk or Treat Lumberton and get a chance to help those in the community most affected by Harvey.  During the Trunk or Treat Lumberton Event, the Lumberton High School Key Club will be collecting canned food items for those affected by Harvey.  This recent natural disaster has left many still vulnerable and in great need of assistance. Any canned food item will be greatly appreciated!

Together, we can help families get back on their feet after Harvey.

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Mark the event on your calendars and share with friends that may wish to attend. Remember that sharing is caring!

These Are The Gh’oul Times!

At Altus Emergency Centers, we love to support our local communities by giving back every opportunity that we have. We pride ourselves on being community partners and being involved in enriching the environment, especially for the children. It is through outreach and service that we can build a happier, healthier and safer future for all.

Enjoy highlights from last year’s first ever Trunk or Treat Lumberton Event.

Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones.

We Always Keep Safety in Mind

This is a great opportunity just a simple, fun family event on Halloween. The Trunk or Treat Lumberton is a free event, for people of all ages to come out and enjoy a night with their community in a safe and fun manner.  The parking lot is well lit, and security will be at the event to ensure everyone can have a great time, and do it safely.

We encourage you to participate in our 2nd Annual Truck or Treat Lumberton Event and enjoy safe, fun and healthy time with the family.

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 to help you stay happy and healthy!

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

Find an Altus ER Near You.

Circus Saurus Free Tickets Raffle Giveaway

Circus Saurus Free Tickets Raffle Giveaway

Like, Tag and Share to Win a Free Family Pack to the Carson & Barnes Circus Saurus!

Enter the Circus Saurus Free Tickets Raffle Giveaway brought to you by your favorite ER in Lufkin, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center! You could be the lucky winner of a Family Four Pack of Tickets to this exciting family show.

What Would You Win?

This October, participate in the Circus Saurus Free Tickets Raffle Giveaway and you can win four seats to the the “World’s Biggest Big Top Show”!  Step into a magical time machine and be transported back millions of years to a time when the dinosaurs ruled the earth.  Watch while the long gone Tyrannosaurus and Woolly Mammoth hold you spellbound by their reappearence.  This family friendly show is complete with the famous Carson & Barnes Circus Aerial Artists and adrenaline pumping Wheels of Destiny with their death defying feats.  Clowning around is allowed and encouraged, especially by their silly clowns and kiddos will enjoy the petting zoo.

The Circus Saurus Free Tickets Raffle Giveaway get:

  • WINNING PRIZE: Family Pack – Four Boxed Seats: Located closet to center of ring, where all the action takes place! A gift certificate for food and/or souvenirs.  

  • TICKETS SHOWTIME: Oct. 17th 7:30 PM

  • LOCATION: Lottie & Arthur Temple Civic Center: 601 Dennis St. Diboll, TX.

HOW IT WORKS

SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY RAFFLE: Just Like, Tag & Share to Enter!

It’s Super Easy to Participate in the #FreeCircusSaurusTickets. Hurry! The Winners will be drawn on Friday, October 15th, 2017!

PARTICIPATE BY SHARING WITH YOUR FRIENDS! You can participate through all of our social media pages!

FACEBOOK:
Visit our Facebook and Like Us, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends.

INSTAGRAM: Follow our Instagram and Tag two friends in the comments. If you haven’t already, like us today!

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What do you want to see at the show the most? Enter our Circus Saurus Free Tickets Raffle Giveaway Today!

Stay Tuned to find out if YOUR name comes up as one of the winners of our Circus Saurus Free Tickets Raffle Giveaway on October 15th, sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial ER!

Rules:

  • Social Media: You must Like our CHI St Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center Social Media Page(s), Share the Post Publicly & Tag Two Friends.
  • You will rack up contest entries through our social media pages.
  • The winners will be rewarded with a family pack of tickets to the Cirus Saurus.
  • 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.
  • CHI St Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center is not liable should any Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely by CHI St Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center.
  • CHI St Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 10-15-2017.

We’re Here for You in the Good Times and in the Bad.

During a medical emergency, there is no time to waste, especially in delicate cases that involve children. We believe in providing parents fast access to ER care so that their children will not have to wait long times to be attended. At CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center, we are always open, always ready and always fast when caring for your loved ones. Visit our Facebook or Instagram pages to stay up to date with our Lufkin Community activity participation, safety tips and great photos.

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Enter the Houston Texans Free Tickets Giveaway! You could be the lucky winners of 2 FREE TICKETS & a Parking Pass sponsored by Altus Emergency.

What’s in it for the Winners!

This October head for the NRG Stadium to cheer the Texans on us! Houston Texans Free Tickets Giveaway Winners get:

  • PRIZE THAT’S UP FOR GRABS: 2 FREE Tickets & a Parking Pass to the Houston Texans vs. the Kansas City Chief Game

  • WHEN:  Sunday, October 8 at 7:30 PM

  • WHERE:  NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

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SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY RAFFLE: Just Like, Tag & Share to Enter!

It’s Super Easy to Participate in the #FreeTexansTickets. Hurry!  The Winners will be drawn on Friday, October 6th, 2017!

PARTICIPATE BY SHARING WITH YOUR FRIENDS! You can participate through all of our social media pages!

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Altus ER Baytown: Visit our Facebook and Like Us, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends.

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TWITTER: Follow our Altus Emergency Twitter page and Like, Retweet & Tag 2 Friends.

INSTAGRAM: Follow our Baytown or Lake Jackson Instagram and Tag two friends in the comments. If you haven’t already, like us today!

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What do you think the score will be? Enter our Houston Texans Free Tickets Giveaway Today!

Stay Tuned to find out if YOUR name comes up as one of the winners of our Houston Texans Free Tickets Giveaway sponsored by Altus Emergency Baytown and Altus Emergency Lake Jackson!

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Rules:

  • Social Media: You must Like our Page, Share the Post Publicly & Tag Two Friends.
  • You will rack up contest entries through our social media pages.
  • The winners will be rewarded with 2 free tickets to the Houston Texans Game and a Parking Pass.
  • 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.
  • Altus Emergency is not liable should any Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely by Altus Emergency.
  • Altus Emergency reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 10-6-2017.
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Hurricane Harvey Stories in Images & Video

HURRICANE HARVEY

Real Life Hurricane Harvey Stories from Inside Altus ER

Harvey Stories in Video, Photography, and Testimonies.

The days between August 25 – 30th will be etched in our Nation’s mind for eternity. The chaos ensuing Hurricane Harvey’s landfall on the Texas coast and the subsequent devastation of entire coastal and nearby towns is something that will take a long time to overcome.

Thankfully, Texans are a resilient people, and together we will rebuild our homes and businesses and come out stronger than ever before. This storm knocked us to our knees but it did not kill our spirit of service, there is no better example than the sacrifice made by the Altus ER staff.  In spite of their personal circumstances, they banded together to keep our facilities in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie open before, during and after the storm.

 

We were kind of a place of refuge in a way, we had people come in and you could tell they were in a state of shock because they had lost their homes and were currently living in a shelter. I don’t know, I just kind of saw them at their lowest point and thankfully we were able to at least help them through one part of their lives at that time” – Kamey Jolly, Register Nurse.

 

We could not be prouder of our dedicated staff, who put aside their personal needs to offer much needed medical attention to patients who otherwise would not have received any attention, we saved lives in the process and that is ultimately our mission.

Powerful Images in Drone Photos

Harvey Flooding from an Aerial Perspective.

HURRICANE HARVEY’S HISTORY

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The Story of the Storm that Became One of the Most Destructive and Costliest Hurricanes in History

The weather system known as Harvey became a tropical storm on August 17th, just east of the Lesser Antilles, at which point it began to be watched closely by the National Hurricane Center. However, just a couple of days later, as the storm moved through the eastern Caribbean, it was hit by dry air and unfavorable winds which degraded it back to a tropical wave, as a result the National Hurricane Center stopped issuing advisories for the disturbance.

The remnants of Harvey continued moving northwest, crossing the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, on August 23rd it reached the Gulf of Mexico and encountered favorable conditions which led to it once again becoming a tropical storm.

Then the unthinkable happened, within 56 hours, Harvey turned from a tropical storm into a category 4 hurricane, catching all Texas coast residents off-guard, few had time to evacuate, or take the necessary precautions to safeguard their belongings and their lives.

Harvey made landfall late on August 25th, near the town of Rockport, but it continued to linger on the eastern coast of Texas for the next 4 days before making its final landfall near Cameron, LA. The system brought with it massive amounts of rain, causing record rainfall ranging from 40 to 52 inches of rain; resulting in several flash flood emergencies being issued for the cities of Houston, Beaumont, and other nearby communities.

The decision to keep all four of our Altus Emergency Center facilities open and prepared during this crisis proved to be a lifesaving especially in the case of our Lumberton facility due to our proximity to North Beaumont, a region that was severely affected by the flood waters. Had we not been available to accept patients from surrounding areas, these people would have had no medical attention at all.

Our brave staff of doctors, nurses, technicians, and other support positions, put aside their personal perils and hardships to provide quality care for those in need. The experience has had a profound impact in their lives, brought them closer as a team and as a community.

 

“We really had to pull together and it was a little scary knowing we were on our own little island and pretty much the only medical care for anyone to seek”
– Kamey Jolly Registered Nurse

A Street Perspective of Harvey

No matter how much you try to plan ahead, you can never understand the impact of a natural disaster until you live it.  As the landfall date neared, people rushed to fill their cars with gas, encountering long lines as far as the eye could see.  Then, supermarkets were left with bare shelves and the streets began to flood.  Lovely neighborhoods were quickly flooded.  Many are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Harvey.

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Hurricane Harvey Stories from Within Altus ER Lumberton

TESTIMONIES FROM INSIDE THE ER

Personal Stories of Loss and Survival

Like many other Texans our staff suffered the effects of this storm, many lost their homes and cars to flooding, others were separated from their loved ones during the rescue efforts, yet none of this kept them from coming into our Altus Emergency Center in Lumberton, Baytown, and Lake Jackson, to help patients in need of medical assistance.

If it were not for them, the number of fatal casualties from this storm would have been much higher than it was.

Hurricane Harvey as Lived by Courtney Bell

Losing your home and everything you have worked for over the years to flood waters, and having to be evacuated on an Army truck while being 25-weeks pregnant with your first child, is a terrifying experience, yet, this did not stop Courtney Bell, one of the registered nurses at our facility in Lumberton, from working a few shifts during this crisis to assist the members of the community and her co-workers, as well as to help her forget about her own problems for a while.

Throughout the entire ordeal, Courtney maintains a positive outlook on life while relying on her loved ones and awesome co-workers, she is hopeful everyone will get through this difficult time and has these encouraging words for her community:

“You are not alone, there are multiple people, millions who are going through this together, just everyday look up, be positive and know that in the end, everything is going to work out for the best”

Courtney Bell RN

Kasey Hebert’s Heart-Wrenching Story

There are few things more frightening in life than not knowing where your loved ones are during a time of crisis. During the storm, Kasey’s parents’ home was flooded, and her 15-year-old daughter and partially paralyzed father had to leave their home in a boat, uncertain where they were going and with their cell phones about to die.

Despite the uncertainty she and her family were facing, Kesey a registrar at the Lumberton facility, like the rest of her co-workers, focused on the task at hand, helping patients, offering comfort and support.

Once out of harm’s way, it would take about a week for the family to reunite, and at that time, stepping into her parents’ home for the first time, Kasey realized how close she came to losing her family. Thankfully everyone is fine, but the experience has profoundly changed her, she has said she is not the same person who walked into the Altus Emergency Center in Lumberton on August 29th, when asked how she managed to get through this ordeal, she replied:

“It was so busy, non-stop, but every once in a while someone would give each other a hug and be like are you ok? We just pushed each other”

Kasey Hebert Registrar

A Tour de Force for Loreal Irvine

Working non-stop in the only medical facility in the area during a time of crisis is one of the most stressful situations anyone can find themselves in. This is exactly what registered nurse Loreal Irvine experienced; she attended a patient for 3 days before they managed to get him out, unfortunately, this patient died the next day. As heartbreaking this was for her, it did not hamper her resolve to keep going and helping other patients, no matter how tired, scared, or sad she was, she kept going.

“We all took part in something that was out of our control and we saved a lot of lives… I think we helped the community, they needed us, so we opened our doors to them and ambulances, we took on all the ambulance patients when we weren’t even staffed to handle that kind of care…”

Loreal Irvine RN

To her, it was an honor to have been a part of this and to have had the privilege to help her community.

Kamey Jolly: The Calm During the Storm

Handling overwhelming situations is a trait that only the best professionals have, and it is certainly an invaluable asset in the medical field, especially for those working in an emergency room. Kamey Jolly, a registered nurse faced record numbers in terms of patient volume in the Lumberton ER during the days of the storm, yet she managed to keep calm and get the job done because she understood the severity of the situation. She recalls how tense those first few days after the storm had been.  Altus Emergency Center had been the only medical facility opened at the time in the area. The influx of critical patients was non-stop; under normal circumstances, a lot of those patients would have been taken to other facilities, but being the only medical center equipped to handle emergencies available during those days, meant they would have to receive them all.

She is proud of the work that was done during those chaotic days, where the center opened its doors to anyone who needed help regardless of their financial situation.

“We completely opened our doors, there was no financial aspect of anything that was covered, we completely opened our doors, anybody who needed medical care received it”

Kamey Jolly RN

Finding Inspiration in the Face of Devastation

Life seemed to be going well for Kelsi Strahan a registered nurse at our Lumberton ER, she recently bought a new house, and was preparing for a much needed and well-deserved vacation, but, when Harvey hit, her new home suffered substantial damaged due to flood water, her car was completely submerged and she along with her neighbors had to be evacuated on a boat. Needless to say, her vacation had to be postponed, as bad as things got for her, all she could feel was inspired by how her community banded together to help each other, and she could not have been prouder of her co-workers.

“It made me really appreciate things more and see how well the community came together and really just worked together, that is really how everyone has made it through”

Kelsi Strahan RN

THE HEROES

Heroes Arrived in Flocks to Save the Day

During Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath, many amazing people, first responders, volunteers, local private and government organizations, churches, the military, and businesses came together, risking life and limb to help save their fellow Texans.  The following is a glimpse of the many that came in flocks to help.  There are so many gold-hearted souls that we cannot name them all so to all, we say, “THANK YOU!”, from all of us at Altus Emergency Centers.
We couldn’t have done it without you!

Some Arrived from the Sky

Others Arrived by Land and Water…

All Who Came, Helped and the Help Was Needed.

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Through it All, We Remain Open & Ready to Help

We are Always Open and Prepared.

The entire Altus Emergency Center Team is proud to have been of service to thousands of residents in the hardest hit areas of flooding of hurricane Harvey, we are honored to have been a part of the healing efforts, and vow to work tirelessly to help rebuild our cities.

At Altus Emergency Centers, our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency.

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