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Kevin Herrington Harvey Testimony Texas Senate HHS Hearing

Kevin Herrington Harvey Testimony before the Texas Senate HHS Hearing

For 5 Days, Altus Emergency was the Only Healthcare Facility Open & Operational in Hardin County

Kevin Herrington, TAFEC Board member and President of Altus Emergency Centers gave a solid testimony at the Texas State Capitol on November 8th, 2017 about the importance of Freestanding Emergency Centers in Texas.  The following is a video clip from the Texas State Capitol, Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Interim Charge Hearing followed by highlights from his testimony.

A decision was made to stay open and serve the community, because of this decision, lives were saved.

VIDEO CLIP of Kevin Herrington's Testimony

Kevin Herrington’s Testimony on Freestanding Emergency Centers During Hurricane Harvey.

Altus Emergency Centers President Speaks at the Texas State Senate About Harvey’s Impact Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

President of Altus Emergency Centers, Kevin Herrington, MBA, FACHE, spoke openly at the Texas Senate HHS Hearing making it clear that “we are fully capable of handling all types of emergencies.”

During Hurricane Harvey, Lumberton just North of Beaumont became an island.  Due to the decision of remaining open, prepared and operational, Altus Emergency Center Lumberton became the only healthcare facility in Hardin County to take 911 calls during five of the most crucially impacted days of Harvey.

We worked multiple days, 6 – 8 days straight with the supplies that we had on our hand which were for about 3 days of supplies. – KH.

Although requests were made on several occations for additonal supplies and were refused all times, “We were able to provide for ourselves the additional days of supplies through other sources.”  Today, the residents of Hardin county are grateful for the care Altus Emergency Centers delivered during Harvey.

Among the patients treated, there were life and death cases. 

The types of patients that we would see were critical patients, they were traumas, electrocutions, broken bones an oxygenated patient on a respirator. 49% of the patients were on compensated care.

During Kevin Herrington’s testimony, he stressed the importance of the lessons learned during Harvey.  The four main points that we should keep in mind for the future of Texas:

1.  We have proven that we can manage emergencies.  Altus Emergency Center Lumberton demonstrated that we are well capable of handling emergencies.

2.  Help us allow Medicaid in Freestanding Emergency Centers.  This will allow us to help save more lives during times of urgency.

3.  Help us with the code related to Texas Emergency Centers which is currently restrictive to allow for more scope of care to provide more assistance to the communities that we serve.  “For example,” expressed KH, “the only CT machine can only be used for emergency patients and not for the outpatient population.”

4.  This is a good model to follow.  If we are recognized by Medicare / Medicaid and our scope is flexible, this is a good resource for rural Texas. This will allow freestanding emergency centers to into rural communities to provide much needed high quality healthcare.

Read more about the Story of the Storm that Became One of the Most Destructive and Costliest Hurricanes in History

Thank you to the Altus Emergency Center staff, which put their own personal needs aside, and banded together to put the lives of our Texas communities first.  With all of your help we were able to keep our facilities in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie open before, during and after the storm.  Thank you Team Altus ER for always offering 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.

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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Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Turkey Day is Here! Be Thankful and Stay Safe

This has been a challenging year for most, and some of us are still recovering from the devastation hurricane Harvey caused, but, it is because of all these challenges that we have so much to be thankful for this year.

Altus Emergency Centers and its staff are thankful for our communities, for demonstrating that together we can do anything; we are honored and humbled for the trust and loyalty you have shown us, and we are thankful for the opportunity to still be here to help you and your loved ones during a medical emergency.

We want everyone to have a happy and most of all safe Thanksgiving this year, so please read on, and follow our Thanksgiving safety tips.  Injury prevention is always the best policy.


Travel During Thanksgiving Safety Tips

This year the American Automobile Association (AAA), estimates that close to 51 million Americans will drive 50 miles or more from their homes to spend the Thanksgiving Holiday with family or friends, this means you should expect heavy traffic in the days leading to and after Turkey Day, so plan ahead, to avoid accidents and delays we recommend the following Thanksgiving Safety Tips:

  • Check the weather along your route, make sure to subscribe to a service that can provide updates, and drive around storms never through.

  • Make sure everyone in the car is wearing their seatbelts.

  • Don’t drink and drive.

  • Don’t drive if you are extremely tired, it is better if you stop and rest for a bit, or have one of your companions take the wheel while you rest.

  • Do not text while you are driving, it is deadly and illegal.

  • Respect the speed limit, road signs, and general rules of the road.

  • Keep your distance from other vehicles.

  • Make sure your windshield is clean, and headlights, taillights, and signal lights are all working properly.

  • Turn your headlights on at dusk, or if it is raining.


Thanksgiving Cooking Safety

Thanksgiving Safety Tips are particularly important to keep in mind when cooking. For those of you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, safety should be your number one priority, there are many Thanksgiving Safety Tips to consider:

Turkey Safety

This is the star of the evening, and therefore it should be handled with extreme care when you are preparing it.

  • If you are buying a fresh turkey, wait until the last possible moment and certainly no more than 2 days before cooking it, keep it in the refrigerator at a 40°F or less.

  • If your turkey is frozen, the USDA recommends you thaw it in the fridge, alternately you could use cold water or the microwave if you are running short on time.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before handling any food to prevent the spread of infection and other illnesses.

  • Do not wash the turkey, this only serves to spread viruses and bacteria onto kitchen surfaces.

  • Keep the uncooked turkey separated from other foods to avoid contamination.

  • Cook the turkey until it reaches a temperature of 165°F, fully cooking the bird is the only way to ensure any bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses has been eliminated.


Cooking Safety

Sadly, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires.  The good news is that with a little preparation and some simple Thanksgiving Safety Tips as guidelines, these can easily be avoided.

  • Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothing and long dangling sleeves when cooking, to avoid your clothing catching fire.

  • Never leave the stove unattended.

  • Keep children and pets at least 3 feet away from the stove or oven as steam or splashing from hot liquids can cause severe burns.

  • Keep children away from knives and other sharp kitchen utensils.

  • Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly.

  • Keep items like kitchen towels, pot holders, oven mitts, and wooden utensils away from heat sources as they could catch fire.

  • Keep your kitchen clean, grease build-up can easily start a fire.

  • Before going to bed check the oven and stove top to ensure everything is turned off.

  • Store leftovers properly in the fridge.

Have a Safe and Blessed Thanksgiving from All of Us!


Cuts and burns can happen to the best of chefs, and most won’t require medical attention, but, if you happen to seriously injure yourself or someone that’s with you gets hurt, we’re open 24 hours a day through the Thanksgiving Holiday at Altus Emergency Centers. With any luck we will have you back in time to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving Weekend from all of us at Altus Emergency Centers!

Free Houston Texans Tickets Raffle Lumberton

Free Houston Texans Tickets Raffle

Like, Tag and Share to Win Two Free Tickets to the NRG Stadium!

Enter the Free Houston Texans Tickets Raffle 2017! 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 November head for the NRG Stadium to cheer the Texans on Altus Emergency Center Lumberton! 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 Arizona Cardinals Game

  • WHEN: Sunday, November 19th 2017

  • WHERE: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas


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, November 17th, 2017!

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

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

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

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


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

After all of the sharing is done, stay tuned this Friday to find out if YOUR name comes up as one of the winners of our Free Houston Texans Tickets Raffle sponsored by Altus Emergency Center Lumberton.

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  • 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 winner will be rewarded with 2 free tickets to the Houston Texans Game and a Parking Pass.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winner 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 11-17-2017.

4th Annual ThanksGIVING Drive

4th Annual ThanksGIVING Drive

It’s our favorite time of the year, the time of ThanksGIVING!  Thanksgiving is a special holiday with a long-standing tradition and values which helped lay the foundation that this great nation was founded on. Having a family gathering and giving thanks is a big part of that.  Join us for our 4th Annual ThanksGIVING Drive to help ensure that everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!


Just a couple of months ago, our communities were faced with the force of nature called Hurricane Harvey.  Many families are still struggling to recover from the major damage and loss that this natural disaster brought about.  Some lost a little, others lost all, but none are alone.  We at Altus Emergency Center Lumberton, who was the only 24/7 ER Haven in Hardin County Open & Operational during Harvey, encourage everyone to join Altus Gives and Lumberton Civic Women’s League/Caring Hearts in giving back. This year, we are happy to continue our tradition, this being our 4th Annual ThanksGIVING Drive.

Join Us at Our 4th Annual ThanksGIVING Drive



Visit Our Drive-Thru Donation Station!

Let’s help fill their plates, fill their hearts and keep them warm! Just drive up to our Altus Emergency Center Lumberton building, we’ll be right out in front ready to accept your donations.

  • WHEN: Friday, November 17th 8 AM – 12 PM

  • WHERE: Altus Emergency Center 137 North LHS Drive Lumberton, TX 77657

  • BENEFITING: Caring Hearts of Lumberton

    Items to Donate:

    • Non-Perishable Food

    • Baby Food & Formula

    • Winter Coats

    • Blankets

    • Monetary Donations

Thank You & May God Bless You!


Enjoy a Safe & Blessed Holidays!

Thank you for all of us at Altus Emergency Centers.  Please have a fun and safe Thanksgiving Holiday Season. We will be here to take care of you and your loved ones on in case you are in need of Top Quality Adult or Pediatric ER Care.

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.

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ACL Injury Causes and Prevention

Inside ACL Injuries

ACL injuries are an ever-present threat to the health of professional athletes who participate in high demand sports like football, basketball, and soccer. The latest victim being the Houston Texans rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, who suffered a torn ACL during practice this weekend.

However, this type of injury does not only target pro athletes, anyone can suffer an ACL injury regardless of age or gender, from kids playing sports at school to weekend warriors who want to have a little fun outdoors, and yes even us couch potatoes can sustain an ACL injury.


What is an ACL Injury?


The knee joint is comprised of three bones, the femur (thighbone), the tibia (shinbone) and the patella (kneecap). These three bones connect to each other via ligaments that hold the bones together and provide stability to the knee.

There are two kinds of primary ligaments in the knee:

  • Collateral Ligaments: Found on either side of the knee, these ligaments are responsible for controlling the sideways movement of the knee.

  • Cruciate Ligaments: These are inside the knee, there are two of them the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) which is in front and the posterior cruciate ligament located in the back. These ligaments cross each other to form an X and are responsible for controlling the back and forth motion of the knee. The ACL prevents the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur and provides rotational stability to the joint.

An ACL injury occurs when there is a tear in the ligament, more than half of ACL injuries cause damage to other structures in the knee such as cartilage, meniscus, and other ligaments.

Injured ligaments are considered sprains, but, depending on the severity they can be:

  • Grade 1 Sprains: Ligaments are slightly stretched but are still able to keep the knee stable.

  • Grade 2 Sprains: In this type of sprain the ligament has stretched to the point where it becomes loose, this is considered a partial tear of the ACL. This type of injury is rare.

  • Grade 3 Sprains: Known as a complete tear of the ligament. In these cases, the ligament is so severely stretched it splits into two pieces, causing the knee to become unstable.

Causes and Symptoms of ACL Injuries


The most common causes of an ACL injury include:

  • Being hit hard on the side of the knee, as is the case in a football tackle.

  • Overextension of the knee joint.

  • Changing direction rapidly.

  • Stopping suddenly.

  • Slowing down while running.

  • Landing from a jump incorrectly.

  • Pivoting with your foot firmly planted.

Symptoms of an ACL injury include:

  • Feeling or even hearing a pop in the knee at the time the injury occurs.

  • Pain on the outside and back of the knee.

  • Swelling within the first few hours of the injury, sudden swelling is usually a sign of a serious knee injury.

  • Loss of full range of motion.

  • Instability of the knee joint, feeling as if your knee is “giving way” or buckling with weight bearing.

Preventing ACL Injuries


Proper training and exercise is the best way to prevent ACL injuries, the ER Trained Physicians at Altus Emergency Centers recommend:

  • Doing exercises to strengthen your leg muscles, particularly the hamstring to ensure overall balance in leg muscle strength.

  • Exercises to strengthen your core which includes your hips, pelvis, and lower abdomen.

  • Use proper techniques and knee position when jumping and landing.

  • Improve pivoting techniques.

  • Wear footwear and padding that is appropriate for the type of activity you are engaging in.

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When Should You Head for the Nearest Altus Emergency Center?

Seek immediate medical attention if you display any of the symptoms listed above; if you suspect you have an ACL injury, suspend any sports playing or other activity you might have been doing and go to the nearest Altus ER to get a proper diagnosis of your injury.

Before arriving at the ER, try to keep your leg above the level of the heart, apply ice, and if the pain is too severe you may take a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (such as ibuprofen).

If you notice your leg or foot is cool and turning blue, seek immediate medical attention, as this could signal the knee joint has dislocated and the blood vessels to the foot were injured.

Altus Emergency Centers are fully equipped to diagnose and treat ACL injuries. All our facilities have on-site x-rays, CT Scans, and specialists that will have you back on your feet in no time.

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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10 Deer Hunting Season Safety Tips

Deer Hunting Season Safety

According to the latest Texas Parks and Wildlife hunting incident analysis, the number of hunting accidents across the state has significantly decreased since the hunter education program became mandatory in 1988.

Last year, there were 24 reported hunting accidents involving either a firearm or a bow and another 3 non-firearm/bow hunting-related incidents. Out of the 24 incidents involving a firearm/bow, 5 were fatal, and 2 of the non-firearm/bow hunting-related incidents resulted in death. Sadly, all these incidents were easily preventable, had the hunters followed correct hunting protocols.

This weekend marks the start of the general deer hunting season for white-tailed deer, while mule deer hunting season will commence on November 18th. The staff of Altus Emergency Centers is all too familiar with hunting-related accidents, which is why we would like to remind the members of our communities how easy it is to avoid incidents by just following these safety tips.

Enjoy Deer Hunting Season the Safe Way

  • Make Yourself Visible: Texas law requires that all hunters on public hunting lands wear at least 400 square inches of hunter orange material, of which 144 must be on the chest and back areas, orange headgear is also mandatory. Avoid using colors and patterns that blend with your surroundings.

  • Always Point the Muzzle in a safe direction: Never rest the muzzle on your foot, always point the muzzle in a safe direction. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire and never fire your hunting weapon unless you are sure your target is an actual deer.

  • Assume Every Gun is Loaded: Whenever you up a firearm point the muzzle in a safe direction and check if it is loaded. Be sure the chamber and the magazine are empty, and the action is open until ready to fire. Always have the safety on until you are ready to fire.

  • Identify your Target and Know what is In Front of and Beyond It: Use binoculars to properly identify game animals, never use your scope to identify them. Make sure there are no hunters or dogs in front of or beyond your target. Never shoot at an animal is on top of a hillside since you don’t know what lies beyond it. Understand how far your bullets or arrows can travel to determine the chances of hitting an unintended target.

  • Never Shoot at Flat Hard Surfaces: Bullets ricocheting off rocks, the ground and unbelievably even water can cause terrible injuries to people nearby.

  • Handle Firearms and Bows Carefully: Guns and hunting bows are not toys, never leave weapons unattended around children, always unload firearms and unstring bows when not in use. Store and transport firearms and ammunition separately, make sure they are under lock and key. Carry arrows in a protective cover or quiver.

  • Know Your Safe Zone: Hunters should be spaced 25 to 40 yards apart and always in sight of one another. A hunter’s safe zone of fire normally spans about 45 degrees in front them, but, the hunting party should make the final determination based on how experienced the hunters are. For safety purposes, there should be no more than 3 hunters in a party, for young or inexperienced hunters 2 is preferable.

  • Don’t Drink Alcohol or Take Drugs When Hunting: The use of alcohol and drugs impairs physical and mental abilities, they affect emotions, judgment, vision, and reflexes, increasing the chances of injury.

  • Be Careful When Using a Tree Stand: Always use a full body safety harness when climbing up or down the tree stands, don’t remove it until you are safely down from it. Use your own tree stand and make sure it is installed properly.

  • Keep Your Loyal Companion Safe:  Make sure that you equip your pet with proper deer hunting gear and train them accordingly to keep them safe.

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Have a Fun & Safe Deer Hunting Season!

Deer hunting season is meant to be a fun recreational activity, but, it is not without its dangers, which is why we at Altus Emergency Centers advocate for education and safety, and if an unfortunate accident should happen to you or a loved one, all our centers are fully equipped to handle all types of deer hunting incidents, our no wait times policy means you will receive immediate medical attention that can save your life.

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.

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