Poison Prevention – Everyday Items Can Kill You

Poison Prevention Awareness

This week we observe the National Poison Prevention Week, household poisons have been a part of our lives for a long time, they are mostly present in cleaning solutions, insecticides, weed killers and carbon monoxide, but, did you know that medications can also poison you?

Poison Control Centers get 1 Call Every 12 Seconds.

This week Altus ER would shine some light on this very real threat to our communities, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), poison is the leading cause of injury death in the United States, and in their latest report published in November of last year, it was revealed that someone calls in to one of their 55 poison control centers every 12 seconds.

Life-Saving Poison Prevention Tips

Preventing poison-related injuries is the most important thing you can do to help keep your family, friends, and coworkers safe. Because there are many substances that could potentially be poisonous, we will divide these into the most common ones and offer you helpful tips.

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Drugs and Medications

  • – Don’t self-medicate, you should only take prescription medications that have been prescribed by a healthcare professional.
  • – Only take the recommended dose, increasing the amount or frequency with which you take your medication can lead to serious health problems and even death.
  • – Never share your prescription medication, make sure to keep all your prescription and over the counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements in a safe place where only you or the persons taking them can access them.
  • – Don’t mix your medication with alcohol as this could have long-term negative side effects.
  • – Don’t take medications that are expired as these could have turned toxic.
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Household Chemicals and Carbon Monoxide

  • – Always read the labels before using a product that could be poisonous such as insecticides, cleaners, and detergents.
  • – Keep all chemical products in their original containers, don’t use any type of food containers such as bottles, jars, or cups to store chemicals, cleaners, or beauty products as children and elderly people could mistakenly come into contact with them.
  • – Never mix household cleaning products together, as an example mixing products containing bleach with those containing ammonia could result in toxic fumes.
  • – Wear protective gear such as gloves, and masks when spraying pesticides or other chemicals.
  • – Make sure the rooms are well ventilated when using household cleaners or chemicals.
  • – Install safety locks on cabinets where you store household cleaners, detergents, or pesticides and other chemicals.
  • – Never leave poisonous products unattended while in use.
  • – Have your heating system, water heater, and any gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a certified technician at least once a year.
  • – Install battery-operated CO detectors in your home, and make sure to replace the batteries periodically.

When to Go to the Emergency Room

If you suspect you or a loved one has come in contact with a poisonous substance, but they are stable, the first thing you should do is call the National Too-Free Poison Help Hotline 1-800-222-1222, this is a nationwide 24/7 service.

You should come to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if any of the following symptoms arise:

  • – Bluish Lips
  • – Difficulty Breathing
  • – Dizziness
  • – Vomiting
  • – Double Vision
  • – Drowsiness
  • – Heart Palpitations
  • – Loss of Consciousness
  • – Muscle Twitching
  • – Seizures
  • – Loss of Bladder Control
  • – Skin Rash or Burns

All our centers are equipped to handle emergency poison situations, therefore if the any of the above symptoms begin to manifest do not delay, rush to the nearest Altus ER center for immediate medical attention.  This could save a life and possibly prevent any life-long side effects.  Help us spread this poison prevention information!  Together, we can help save lives.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

National Kidney Month – Kidney Health

Show Your Kidneys Some Love!

Your kidneys are so important, they have a whole month dedicated to them; you guessed it, March is National Kidney Month.

Altus Emergency Center doctors, nurses and admin staff will be working hard this month to raise awareness of the importance of a healthy lifestyle for proper kidney health. The following are ways to protect yourself from developing chronic kidney disease and other kidney related disorders like kidney stones.

Why are Kidneys So Important?

When thinking of the function of our kidneys we can compare them to our body’s natural chemical plant, they are responsible for:

  • Regulating Fluid Levels
  • Activating Vitamin D which helps keep bones strong
  • They filter waste out of 200 liters of blood every day
  • They release hormones that help regulate blood pressure
  • They control the production of red blood cells

They keep blood minerals (sodium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and acid content) balanced.

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What Happens When Your Kidneys Don’t Function Well?

As you can see from the list above, the kidneys stay pretty busy, so when they suffer damage it inevitably affects other organs, these are some of the problems kidney disease can cause:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Heart Attack
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Stroke
  • Nerve Damage
  • Anemia
  • Weak Bones
  • Kidney Failure
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Kidney Health Statistics in the US: Are You at Risk of Developing Kidney Disease?

Did you know that 1 in 3 adults in the US has a high risk of developing kidney disease?

What’s worse 1 in 9 American adults already has kidney disease yet most don’t even know it. 

These are some of the leading causes or risk factors for chronic kidney disease:

  • Diabetes
  • A Family History of Kidney Disease
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Being over 60

Other risk factors include:

  • Unhealthy lifestyle
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol Abuse

Kidney Disease Treated in the ER

The most common kidney disease treated in the emergency room is kidney stones which can be extremely painful.

It is estimated that 13% of men and 7% of women in the United States will develop kidney stones at some point in their lives.

To make matters worse, the likelihood of reoccurrence has been estimated to be as high as 50% within 5 years from the first occurrence.

What Causes Kidney Stones?

One of the most common kidney health problems is kidney stones. Kidney stones are nothing more than crystalized calcium deposits, sometimes they contain uric acid or amino acids, they start as small specks, but they can quickly bind and become larger.

Kidney stones can be caused by many factors including:

  • Gout (high levels of uric acid)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Obesity
  • Dehydration
  • High Protein Diet
  • Prolonged Exposure to a Hot Climate or High Altitude
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Family History of Kidney Stones
  • Being Inactive for an Extended Period of Time
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Kidney Stone Symptoms

Most patients that visit our centers who are diagnosed with kidney stones show one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Severe Flank and Lower Back Pain (This may radiate down to the groin area)
  • Presence of Blood in Their Urine (Hematuria)
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Heavy Sweating
  • Difficulty Urinating

Kidney Stone Diagnosis and Treatments in the ER

Although your symptoms may indicate you have a kidney stone, doctors will require additional tests like x-rays, ultrasounds and in some cases a CT Scan, this will help them determine the size and location of the stone which will then dictate the proper medical treatment.

Kidney stone treatments will vary depending on the severity, size, and location of the stone, small stones will often pass through the urine on their own, and these are usually treated with pain medication and observation. Larger stones or those which have caused other side effects such as infection or kidney failure may require surgery.

Preventing Kidney Disease

If you know you have a higher risk than normal of developing kidney disease the best thing to do is to try and prevent it, in order to do this, should get checked regularly, have a urine test and blood test done at least once a year.

Your kidneys work hard every day, show them love by drinking plenty of fluids, eating a healthy balanced diet, exercise regularly, don’t smoke or abuse alcohol.

Kidney Friendly Candy!

You can care for your kidneys and keep your sweet tooth happy as well!  Whether you are treating a chronic kidney disease or just want to ensure proper kidney health, the following is a list of candy that is kidney diet friendly (Source: Davita.com)

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Kidney Diet Candy:

  • Hard candy
    • Sweetarts®
    • Jolly Ranchers®
    • LifeSavers®
    • Lemonhead® candies
    • Candy canes
    • Sugar free hard candy
    • Charms® sour balls
    • Lollipops (Dum Dum Pops® or Charms® lollipops)
    • Smarties® (known as Rockets® in Canada)
    • Runts®
    • Mike and Ike® candy
  • Gumdrops
  • Jelly beans
  • Gummy Bears and fruit slices
  • Starburst®
  • Hot Tamales®
  • Peeps® marshmallows
  • Now and Later®
  • Jawbreakers
  • Conversation hearts (usually found around Valentine’s Day)
  • Air Heads®
  • Laffy Taffy®
  • Peach and apple rings
  • Sour Patch® Kids®
  • Skittles®
  • Shortbread cookie-type candy
  • Fondant (type of cake icing)

Now that you know more about good kidney health, make sure that you keep them in mind when planning a healthy lifestyle for you and your loved ones.

Altus Emergency Centers is Open 24/7 at all locations with the on-site technology necessary to diagnose and treat a kidney emergency.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Tips to Enjoy a Safe & Fun Spring in Texas

Spring in Texas is Simply the Best!

Spring has finally sprung here in our wonderful state of Texas, the days have gotten longer, the weather is turning a little warmer, birds are singing, flowers are blooming, and trees are bearing fruit.

Spring in Texas is the best time of year, the days are warm, but the extreme summer heat is still a few months away, the land is bursting with life, bluebonnets are in full bloom and trees are all green. Simply put this is perfect weather to go out and have some good old-fashioned Texas Fun!

Go Sit in a Field of Flowers

The official flower of the state of Texas the Bluebonnet is overtaking fields and highways all over the state, so why not go out and take a few selfies in a field of blue with your family?

beautiful field of bluebonnets spring in texas

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – To wear insect repellant.
  • – Watch where you are going as there could be ants, or snakes lurking in the fields.
  • – If you have known allergies, take precautions, carry antihistamines or epi pens with you.

Visit an Orchard and Pick Your Own Fruits

During March strawberries are in season, find a local grower and go pick your fill. Other fruits like peaches will be ready for picking in May, but, start looking for the best peach orchards now so you can reserve a spot for when they are ripe.

orchard fruit picking fun spring in texas

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – If you need to climb a ladder to pick the fruit always have someone with you hold the ladder for support.
  • – Wear sunscreen designed to block both UVA and UVB rays, the fairer your skin the higher the SPF protection should be, but regardless of your skin tone, you should wear a sunscreen with an SPF 15.
  • – Take a refillable PBA-free water bottle, so you won’t become dehydrated.

Go Sleep Under the Stars!

Spring in Texas is a great time for families to go camping, the weather is great, and the scenery is breathtaking, you can take advantage of the many parks that offer camping spaces, most of these provide the basic amenities so you won’t have to tough it out so much.

camping safety spring in texas

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – Stay within the limits of the camping area and follow all the rules and instructions established by the park.
  • – Never leave a fire unattended, always put bonfires out before going to sleep.
  • – Don’t leave food outside as the smell might attract wild animals.
  • – Always be extra cautious and keep a lookout for snakes.

Go on a Nature Hiking Adventure

Texas offers some spectacular hiking trails, and there is no better way to experience the great outdoors than to go for a hike with friends and family.

hiking safety spring in texas

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – Don’t go hiking alone, there is a high risk of falling or injuring yourself during a hike because of this it is better to have a companion who can go get help in case you should injure yourself.
  • – Always let someone know where you will be hiking if possible provide a map of your intended hike as well as estimated return time.
  • – Wear bright colored clothes that will make it easy to find you in case you get lost.
  • – Always carry snacks and a PBA-free water bottle when you go for a hike.

Organize a Picnic

There’s always time for fun during Spring in Texas!  If you can’t find the time to get away for a whole weekend, then organize a picnic.  It’s fun, easy and inexpensive.  First, pick your favorite park, and pack some food and drinks. Next, put the kids and the dogs in the car and enjoy the day!

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Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – Sit in the shade, but still remember to wear sunscreen whenever you are outdoors.
  • – Store food properly.  The consensus is that hot foods that fall below 140°F is safe for about two hours, and cold food which temperature rises above 40°F is safe for about the same amount of time after that food will start to spoil and can cause foodborne illnesses.
  • – Stay hydrated.

Plan an All Out Texas Barbeque

Although anytime is a great time for a barbecue, for some odd reason during Spring in Texas it’s simply magical.  Nothing beats spending time with friends while cooking up juicy brisket, slow cooked BBQ ribs and basically everything that you pile on your plate.  Is it the weekend yet?

bbq safety tips spring in texas

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – Keep your BBQ or grill away from flammable objects.
  • – Before you turn on the gas, make sure all knobs are turned off.
  • – When using a smoker, set it in an area that’s well-ventilated area away from vegetation, and buildings.
  • – Keep children and pets away from the hot BBQ or grill.
  • – Don’t drink too much alcohol when you are working with fire.

Take a Road Trip

Aborigines in Australia go walkabout, here in Texas we go for road trips! Taking a road trip with your family or friends is a great way to get to know the amazing state we live in.

road trip safety tips spring in texas

Safety Tips to Keep in Mind:

  • – Make sure your automobile is in good driving condition before you set out on your road trip.
  • – Buckle up and make sure any children are in age-appropriate safety seats.
  • – Never drink and drive.
  • – Respect all traffic signals and road signs.
  • – Stop frequently to stretch your legs, walk around a little to get the circulation going.
  • – Schedule breaks every 100 miles or 2-hours, it’s a good policy to rotate drivers every few hours.
  • – Don’t drive if you are feeling drowsy or are extremely tired.

Spring in Texas is a lovely time to enjoy outdoor activities, so go and have as much fun as you can.

Altus Emergency Centers will always be available to treat any emergency that arises, but, we cannot stress enough how important is to take precautions and be vigilant to prevent injuries from happening.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Meet the Baytown Medical Administration – Victoria Henye

Meet the Baytown Medical Administration

Introducing – Victoria Henye, BSN, RN, the Emergency Nurse Manager at Baytown at Altus Emergency 

Emergency Nurses are those that are there for all.  Which is why Altus Emergency Centers would like to highlight those special, caring, compassionate individuals that help save lives each day.  Since its ribbon cutting ceremony on September 3rd, 2012, Altus Emergency Center Baytown, has become an invaluable active member of Baytown and it’s surrounding communities.  Altus Emergency Centers prides itself on employing the most caring and experienced ER Healthcare Staff.  We invite you to get to know Victoria Henye, one of our caring Nurse Managers who 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 all the while keeping both patients and loved ones reassured.

“Victoria is a great person. What makes her great is she is strong enough to tolerate anything and soft enough to understand anyone.”

– Amir Bashiri, RN, BSN, MBA VP of Clinical Services

Meet the Baytown Medical Administration is the latest in the series of Altus Staff articles dedicated to the amazing people behind what is #TeamAltusER:  Together Everyone Achieves More!

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Studies and Formation

Victoria Henye, the Emergency Nurse Manager of Baytown at Altus Emergency graduated from Sandra Day O’Connor high school in Helotes, TX.  Then, she proceeded to obtain an Associate Degree in Nursing at Houston Community College, Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington, pursuing Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas at Arlington.

I am a lifetime learner. I love gaining understanding of new areas in life because it helps me to be a well-rounded individual and humbles me. I am not the same person I was yesterday, last week or five years ago.

A Professional with a True Calling

Her professional background includes having worked as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at Houston Methodist from 2012 to 2016.  As Victoria states, “…and now I’ve been fortunate enough to work at Altus Emergency Center in Baytown.”  She was officially appointed the Emergency Nurse Manager on March 1st, 2018.  In addition to being in the ER full time, she’s also been an educator and psychiatric nurse.

I enjoy nursing because at the end of the day, I really believe I’ve helped someone achieve their goals and helped them feel better. There is no other feeling like helping someone.

The Girl from H-Town

Get to know the new Baytown Health Administration Professional.

We enjoyed a lovely chat with Victoria Henye while she shared about her family, hobbies, and passions. The following are some highlights of our interview with Victoria.

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

A:  Victoria:

I want to help the staff feel like this is their home and really feel I can bring that attitude of gratitude so we learn to love each other more. Laughter and smiling is one of the best environments to be in so why not create that environment of caring and compassion for each other.

Q:  “What or who have been your biggest influences or your mentor?”

A:  Victoria:

It’s difficult to say I’ve had one mentor or one big influence. My preceptors when I was a new graduate nurse, Roy and Derek, made the transition from student nurse to graduate to ER nurse a more than pleasant experience. Amir, my director has really guided me in every transition since our paths have aligned and those conversations have been priceless. Anil Menon, a friend and coworker has provided vast motivation and helped me center myself and grow emotionally and spiritually. My parents have been there from square one and always had my back. I’m beyond words to express how thankful I am for everyone in my life. I’m a very lucky and blessed person.

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

A:  Victoria:

My biggest accomplishment has been to learn see the world with renewed faith after negative trials and tribulations. I am elated with my professional and personal progress and am excited to see what the future holds. Each accomplishment is a celebration so I cannot quantify just one.

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

A:  Victoria:

Family. We really care here. We do. I am happy to come to work and I feel like that is a goal everyone wishes to achieve.

Q:  “Any Hobbies or passions?

A:  Victoria:

I really love learning and new experiences. I enjoy yoga, being active, traveling, board games and Netflix! Almost anything from TEDTalks, comedy, and psychological thrillers. I can’t get enough of my cats; I’m in love with animals. I’m also addicted to laughter and hugs.

Q:  “Any Quotes that You Love in Particular that You Relate to?

A:  Victoria:

Two quotes I love to meditate on that my parents passed on to me.

“Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it,” by George Ellis.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change,” by Wayne Dyer.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Dunbar Primary Student Wellness Fair

Dunbar Primary Student Wellness Fair in Lufkin Rocks!

At the Science Fair

Nothing is better than experiencing science live! Last Friday, March 9th, 2018, staff from CHI St. Luke’s Health – Memorial enjoyed teaching kids from the Dunbar Primary School in Lufkin, Texas through science!  How did this happen?  Well, it was not one, but two fun stations that were sponsored to teach kids valuable health and prevention tips they can treasure for a lifetime.

What Did The Children Learn?

Station 1

At the Dunbar Primary Student Wellness Fair, Station 1 was a hand washing training station where students learned how to properly wash their hands. The children rubbed a safe liquid on their hands and placed them under a black light. This revealed that on the surface our hands appear clean. However, germs are everywhere. After properly washing the hands for 15 seconds, students returned to the black light to observe their hands were “clean.” This was a demonstration stressing the importance of proper hand washing.

THE CHILDREN LEARNED

If you don’t clean your hands properly, you risk having harmful germs on your hands and spreading them to others!  Learn to wash your hands correctly and frequently to avoid the spread of yucky germs!

Station 2

Now it’s time for Station number two.  At the Dunbar Primary Student Wellness Fair, students practiced staying calm and calling 911 individually on the large keypad board display, without forgetting to press the “Call” button to actually place the call. This is a step that children often forget. Children also have an issue knowing how to get into the phone app to reach the keypad.

 

After this exercise students learned about several medical instruments, such as the stethoscope and what they are used for and when. By the end of the session, they were able to identify each and know their proper function and use. They easily identified toy versions that would light up or mimic the results of the professional instruments. For example, the toy stethoscope would light up and mimic a heartbeat. Instruments covered were the X-Ray machine, stethoscope, ear thermometer, and syringe.

THE CHILDREN LEARNED

 

A bunch of cool stuff!  Not only did they learn how to dial 911 but they also learned about various medical instruments.  The super cool kids enjoyed taking X-Rays of their hands and giving us all shots! Ultimately they know the doctor is not scary, and we simply go there to receive treatment to become well.

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Fun Times at Dunbar Primary School: Photo Gallery

Seeing is believing! Thank you to all of the wonderful staff from Dunbar Primary Student Wellness Fair for giving us the opportunity to teach children valuable lessons about health and prevention. In the photos are admin Lauren Frazier, a presenter at the science fair, along with two other CHI St Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center employees.  Enjoy the photos, we will treasure the amazing memories!

We’re Here for You & Your Child When You Need Help the Most

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.

 

YES! We Do Accept Medicare & Medicaid

CHI St. Luke’s Health Emergency Center is In-Network, Accepting Medicare and Medicaid.  Your trusted source for Fast 24/7 ER Care. We’re reliable, convenient, and will not turn anyone away who is emergent.

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

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

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

CALL US: 1 936-699-5900

Friendly ER Visit to Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool

Smiles & Cheer at Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool

Our Staff & Health Bear Were Thrilled to Entertain Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool!

Last Friday, March 9th, 2018 was a treat for many adorable preschoolers and their teachers at Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool.  It was a day filled with smiles and lessons learned. The daycare and preschool in Huntington, Texas whose motto is, “Learn and Grow Together” received a special treat!  The staff from CHI St. Luke’s Health Emergency Center and their life size Teddy Bear entertained the children with story time.  It is natural for both adults and little ones to be afraid of a trip to the doctor.  However, in the event of an emergency, it’s important that they learn that a trip to the ER is a good thing.  At CHI St. Luke’s Health Emergency Center, we are here to help take care of their “ouches” and “boo-boo’s” as fast as possible.

Highlights from our Visit to Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool!

Fun Times at Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool: Photo Gallery

Happy children, teddy bears and lots of hugs!  The children learned all about a trip to the ER and each took home a mini version of the CHI Teddy Bear to ease their fears of the ER and hospital. We really enjoyed the kids of Another Pumpkin Patch Preschool and hope they take home their lessons learned. 

We’re Here for You & Your Child When You Need Help the Most

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.

 

YES! We Do Accept Medicare & Medicaid

CHI St. Luke’s Health Emergency Center is In-Network, Accepting Medicare and Medicaid.  Your 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!

 

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

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

CALL US: 1 936-699-5900

We Are OPEN in Baytown

We Are OPEN in Baytown 24/7!

The Best ER in Baytown is Here for You

Don’t let the construction cause confusion.  We are open in Baytown and ready to see patients, in spite of the distractions.  When you are in need of immediate emergency care, it’s a relief to know that you can find the highest quality services near you.  At Altus Emergency Center Baytown, we understand that time is of the essence during a medical emergency.  This is why, when you arrive at our Baytown facility you will notice that there is no one waiting in line!  Our Emergency Trained Physicians are here to help you with all major and minor emergency situations for all ages.

Providing Affordable Access to a Fully Equipped Facility.

Since its grand opening in 2012, the Baytown Freestanding Emergency Center owes it’s excellence to it’s highly experienced team of medical emergency experts, including technicians, nurses and board certified physicians. The Baytown ER Center makes the most innovative technologies in: CT scans, X-rays, ultrasounds and a full service diagnostic lab accessible. Located on 1404 West Baker Road, Altus Emergency Center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and during the holidays.

We are excited to provide the residents of Baytown with access to first-class emergency medical care and comfort for all ages – With No Waiting In Line!

Meet the Baytown Administration

Introducing Kristin Kappler, the Newly Appointed Baytown Assistant Admin at Altus Emergency

We are happy to announce that on Thursday, February 1st, 2018, Kristin Kappler became the assistant administrator of Altus ER Baytown.  Get to know the friendly girl with a hardworking spirit that is here for you at Altus ER Baytown.  Altus Emergency Center Baytown, has become an invaluable active member of Baytown and its surrounding communities.  Altus Emergency Center, which prides itself on employing the most caring and experienced ER Healthcare Staff, looks forward to seeing Kristin help maintain and build upon its tradition of top quality ER services.  Get to know Kristin.

 

 

Altus Emergency Cares About Baytown

At Altus Emergency Centers, we take pride in our beautiful Texas communities and work with its leaders to help ensure a better future for all.  Not only do we treat each patient with the care and urgency they deserve, we also give back to the community.  Thank you for your trust and support!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We’re proud of our top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts, who are prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Cheerleading Safety Month – Cheer Safe!

National Cheerleading Safety Month

Cheering for Safety

Give us an S, an A, an F, E, T, Y!  What do we have? SAFETY! Why are we cheering? Because March is Cheerleading Safety Month, and as always, the staff at Altus Emergency Centers is cheering for your child’s safety.

Cheerleading has come a long way since it’s early days, and it is now a highly competitive and demanding sport, and like with any other sport, cheerleaders are susceptible to sports injuries. There has been a lot of debate regarding the number of injuries sustained by cheerleaders, some claim it is on the rise while others feel critical injuries have diminished in recent years thanks to new safety rules applied to the sport.

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Common Cheerleading Injuries

 

Both are correct, thankfully catastrophic cheerleading injuries have declined considerably during the last decade, however, the number of cheerleader emergency room visits for non-catastrophic injuries has increased, these injuries include:

• Ankle Sprains

• Knee Injuries

• Wrist Injuries

• Shoulder Injuries

• Lower Back Pain, and Concussions

Altus ER Tips to Cheer Safe!

School cheerleading programs must have a certified cheerleading coach managing the program, and there are safety guidelines that must be followed to ensure the wellbeing of the athletes, these include:

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Using the Right Equipment

The use of landing mats is not currently mandatory either during practice sessions or performances, but these are recommended.

Most cheerleading-related injuries occur during practice especially when learning new maneuvers, it is advisable to always practice using 4-inch landing mats to avoid serious injuries.

Footgear is an important factor in injury prevention, cheerleaders should wear properly fitting rubber-soled shoes with adequate cushioning and ankle support. Additionally, flyers should consider wearing a cheering vest during practice to protect themselves from bruising and injury.

Choose a Safe Place to Practice

Back in the day when cheerleading was mostly about waving pom-poms and chanting, it was safe to practice out in the open. Because cheerleading now involves advanced acrobatics and gymnastics, practice spaces should be chosen carefully. Never practice on wet or uneven surfaces like grass or turf, instead look for smooth, level, and dry places to practice in which are clear of obstacles that may cause injury.

Stay in Shape

Cheerleading requires a great deal of strength and balance, and therefore athletes should take great care of their fitness all year-round.

Like with any sport it is important not to overdo it, cheerleaders should take time to rest between training sessions to avoid overuse injuries.

Given that cheerleading now requires gymnastic skills, it is not a bad idea to enroll your child in a gymnastics program, this will serve to improve the child’s skills, and confidence which will help prevent injuries.

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Stretch, Warm Up, and Cool Down

We cannot stress how important warming exercises and proper stretching techniques are, these have been proven to reduce muscle strain and prevent injuries, however, cool down exercises and after workout stretching exercises are just as important in injury prevention.

Follow Stunt Progression

The saying you need to learn to crawl before you learn to walk applies to everything in life, especially advanced gymnastic sports. Coaches need to ensure cheerleaders learn the basic skills before introducing more advanced movements and stunts.

Altus Emergency Cares About Cheerleading Safety

At Altus Emergency Centers, we applaud the level of commitment and skill being a cheerleader requires, we encourage students to challenge themselves, improve their skills and push themselves to do things they never thought were possible, but, we urge, parents, coaches, and athletes alike to always put safety first.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

Meet the Baytown Administration – Kristin Kappler

Meet the Baytown Administration

Introducing Kristin Kappler, the Newly Appointed Baytown Assistant Admin at Altus Emergency 

We are happy to announce that on Thursday, February 1st, 2018, Kristin Kappler became the assistant administrator of Altus ER Baytown.  Since its ribbon cutting ceremony on September 3rd, 2012, Altus Emergency Center Baytown, has become an invaluable active member of Baytown and it’s surrounding communities.  Altus Emergency Centers, which prides itself on employing the most caring and experienced ER Healthcare Staff, looks forward to seeing Kristin help maintain and build upon its tradition of top quality ER services.

It was a pleasure to work with Kristin in Lake Jackson where she began her career at Altus three years ago. So it was with great excitement that we brought her back to the Altus family as the Assistant Manager of our Baytown ER. She has great leadership skills that will add to her success in Baytown.

-Kris DeVries, Administrator of Lake Jackson

Meet the Baytown Administration is the latest in the series of Altus Staff articles dedicated to the amazing people behind what is #TeamAltusER:  Team Work Makes the Dream Work!

Studies and Formation

Kristin Kappler earned a Bachelors in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelors in Nutrition from the University of Houston.

The newly appointed Baytown Administration point person first learned about Altus Emergency upon returning to her hometown in Lake Jackson after having graduated from college. During our interview, Kristin expressed that when she initially worked with Altus Emergency, she was also a full-time student pursuing a degree in Nutrition at the University of Houston.

After having worked with Altus Emergency, she spent some time in the non-profit world utilizing her degree in Nutrition and working for a program called Brighter Bites.  Kristin describes, “We provided fresh produce and nutrition education to families in underserved areas.”

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to ever work harder than you” -Derek Jeter

An Athlete with a Hardworking Spirit

The new Altus ER Baytown Administration professional grew up in Lake Jackson as the oldest of four girls. An active sportsperson, Kristin played sports since the age of four years old.  Kristin’s athletic skills and determination helped earn her a Division I collegiate scholarship to the University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned her degree in Kinesiology. Upon returning to her Lake Jackson hometown, she commuted to the University of Houston to pursue a degree in Nutrition.

Awards & Accomplishments

Pre-Professional Career

  • Received a full-ride Division I softball scholarship to the University of Texas at San Antonio (2007-2011)
  • Southland Conference 3rd Team All-Conference as a 3rd baseman
  • Southland Conference All-Tournament Team
  • Winner of Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship at the University of Houston. Kristin worked with Dr. Daphne Hernandez on a study with adaptive wheelchair rugby athletes.

Professional Awards

  • Altus Gives Award (2016)

The Girl from Lake Jackson, Texas

Get to know the new Baytown Administration Professional.

We enjoyed a lovely chat with Kristin while she shared about her family, hobbies, and passions. The following are some highlights of our interview with Kristin.

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

A:  Kristin:

Healthcare administration creates true leadership opportunities and the knowledge to grow in the ever-changing field of healthcare.

Q:  “What or who have been your biggest influences or your mentor?”

A:  Kristin:

My parents have and will always be my biggest influences. They raised four daughters and gave us the opportunity to pursue and accomplish whatever we chose in life. All of my accomplishments are a true testament to their unfailing support of all my endeavors.

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

A:  Kristin:

My biggest accomplishment so far has been earning a Division I collegiate scholarship. I was able to achieve this through a commitment that started from a young age and spanned into my adult life. This journey taught me everything about teamwork and using your talents as an individual to contribute to a common goal.

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

A:  Kristin:

During my time spent with this company I have come to truly appreciate the staff and their commitment to the Altus mission.

Q:  “Any Hobbies or passions?

A:  Kristin:

My hobbies include anything and everything outdoors. All sports, hiking, biking and exploring new places in Houston!

My biggest passion is flipping and renovating homes. I recently flipped a home last year and I’m in the process of renovating my 2nd. I love taking a home that is in ruins and restoring it to its former glory. It’s so special to see a transformation like that from beginning to end!

 

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies.  We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times.

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