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Honoring Nurses Week

Celebrating Nurses Week: They are the Heart and Soul of Healthcare

Altus Emergency Honors Nurses Week

This week we honor those who have proven to be the heart and soul of our healthcare system our invaluable nurses!

Not to brag, but at Altus Emergency Centers we have some of the most impressive nursing professionals in Texas, we are sure our patients will attest to this.

Nursing has been ranked as one of the most honest and ethical professions for the last 16 years, no other field either in healthcare or otherwise has had this type of recognition, and to us that says a lot about the quality of humans that make up this incredible profession.

Nurses are the closest thing to an angel on Earth that anyone of us will ever encounter, and this Nurses Week we celebrate them and their profession.

President Ronald Regan proclaimed May 6th as National Nurses Day, but, one day is simply not enough to celebrate the amazing work that nurses do each and every day in every medical field, therefore the celebration has now been extended to Nurses Week, starting on May 6th and ending on May 12th Florence Nightingale’s birthday.

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Nurses Can Choose from a Wide Variety of Specialties

Nursing is a special calling.  This Nurses Week 2018, we’d like to acknowledge the training and expertise of nurses.  Nursing has many applications and fields of specialty, including:

  • Emergency Room Nurses – Those who specialize in emergency room care.
  • Pediatric Nurses – Those special angels that take care of our children.
  • Geriatric Nurses – Amazing souls who take care of the elderly.
  • Oncology Nurses – Those supporting nurses who help patients during their cancer treatments.
  • Nurse Anesthetist – These assist surgeons during procedures that require anesthesia.
  • Psychiatric Nurses – They asses and care for patients with psychiatric disorders.
  • Forensic Nurses – These incredible professionals asses victims of violent crimes, they are responsible for evaluating and collecting biologic evidence of criminal cases to be presented in court.
  • Holistic Nurses – They advocate for a more wholesome approach to healing, one that integrates traditional medical care, with spirituality and self-reflection.
  • Home Health Nurses – They work directly in patient’s home, often taking care of the elderly or chronically ill patients who need long-term care.
  • Learning Disability Nurses – And invaluable asset for children and adults who have been diagnosed with a learning disability.
  • Managed Care Nurses – Like home health nurses, managed care nurses work with patients who have a chronic or terminal illness and require specialized care for the rest of their lives.
  • Nurse Midwife – They help bring little bundles of joy into this work, they also assist in pre and post-natal care.
  • Neonatal Nurses – These courageous angels work in the Neonatal (newborn) Intensive Care Unit, caring for very sick or premature babies.
  • Military Nurses – A special shout out to those brave souls that help save the lives of our brave men and women in uniform.
  • School Nurses – We are all grateful to these amazing professionals who help keep our children healthy or nurse them back to health during school hours.
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Thank a Nurse Today!

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are honored and blessed to be able to work side by side with nursing professionals who no matter how stressful the situation, is always willing to share a sincere smile, a few encouraging words, and even a joke or two to lighten up the mood.

They hold our hands and those of our patient’s, they inspire all of us to become better human beings.  They are truly the heart and soul of our organization, and for this, we salute and honor you every day.

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

National Radiology Tech Week

Happy National Radiology Tech Week!

Seeing Right Through You – Honoring National Radiology Tech Week

They work behind the scenes and most of the time they go unseen, and yet they have the power to see right through you. No, we are not talking about spies or psychics, we are of course referring to our brilliant team of radiology technologists.

This week in honor of the 122nd anniversary of the discovery of the X-Ray’s by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, we celebrate the National Radiologic Technology Week®. The week-long celebration aims to shine a light on the important work medical imaging professionals perform every day in our emergency centers helping us save lives and improve patient care.

What Does Being a Radiologic Technologist Imply?

For starters, the profession requires individuals have good physical stamina, the hours are long and most of the time it is spent standing, moving heavy equipment, and mobilizing injured patients.

Attention to detail is critical, emergency radiologists help Altus ER physicians diagnose and treat sudden illnesses as well as injuries, therefore providing quality imaging is of the utmost importance.

Patience and great communication skills are also important, what most people do not understand is that to obtain a quality diagnostic image that will provide all the necessary information for the doctors to make a correct diagnosis, Radiology Tech’s or R.T.’s must position the patient perfectly, and provide accurate and detailed instructions of what to do and not do during the procedure. This is not always an easy task, as patients who enter the emergency room are for the most part in pain, they are most certainly scared, and agitated, this is especially true when the patient is a child.

 

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Radiology Techs are Crucial in an Emergency

Why are Radiology Techs Important?

The work an R.T. does is invaluable, most people simply assume the imaging professionals attended a training course and learned how to use a machine, but, to become a radiologic technologist takes a lot of time and effort.

Individuals must complete at least two years of formal education in an accredited hospital-based educational program or complete an educational program at an academic institution, these programs can have a duration of two to four years. In addition, all aspiring R.T.’s must pass a national certification examination before they can become licensed practitioners, but, that is not all, to remain registered they must continue to earn education credits to ensure they are trained and qualified to operate the most advanced medical imaging technology.

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Meet the Altus Emergency Radiology Techs!

During all of National Radiology Tech Week, we will be posting photos of our Super Rad Techs here and on our social media pages.  The next time you see them around the neighborhood, at an event or anywhere else, please say hello and remember, that they are here to see right through you to find out how to help you heal best!

Thank You to All of Our Rad Techs!

Aside from having the most advanced medical imagining equipment available, we also have the most qualified radiologic technologists in the area, one of the things Altus Emergency Centers is extremely proud of is the quality of patient care we offer, and this is only possible when you employ not only the best professionals but also the kindest, most dedicated human beings, those that truly care for the well-being of the patients and their co-workers, and that is why our incredible team of medical imaging professionals has no rival.

We appreciate and value their hard work every day, and hope you join us to celebrate and honor their valuable contributions not just this week, but every week.

Altus Emergency RT’s Are the Best!

Thank you to all the awesome men and women RT’s of Altus Emergency Centers!

 

Our Caring Emergency Trained Personnel 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.

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.

Find an Altus ER Near You.

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.

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!

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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!

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