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


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.


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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Hurricane Harvey Stories in Images & Video


Real Life Hurricane Harvey Stories from Inside Altus ER

Harvey Stories in Video, Photography, and Testimonies.

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

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


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


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

Powerful Images in Drone Photos

Harvey Flooding from an Aerial Perspective.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

A Street Perspective of Harvey

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


Hurricane Harvey Stories from Within Altus ER Lumberton


Personal Stories of Loss and Survival

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

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

Hurricane Harvey as Lived by Courtney Bell

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

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

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

Courtney Bell RN

Kasey Hebert’s Heart-Wrenching Story

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

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

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

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

Kasey Hebert Registrar

A Tour de Force for Loreal Irvine

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

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

Loreal Irvine RN

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

Kamey Jolly: The Calm During the Storm

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

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

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

Kamey Jolly RN

Finding Inspiration in the Face of Devastation

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

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

Kelsi Strahan RN


Heroes Arrived in Flocks to Save the Day

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

Some Arrived from the Sky

Others Arrived by Land and Water…

All Who Came, Helped and the Help Was Needed.


Through it All, We Remain Open & Ready to Help

We are Always Open and Prepared.

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

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

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Freestanding ERs. Saving Lives 24/7. No Lines.

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Exploring Waxahachie Texas

Exploring Waxahachie Texas

Exploring Waxahachie, Where Fun and History Intertwine

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

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

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


What's in a Name?


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


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


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

Eccentric Neighbors


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

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

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

Scarborough Renaissance Festival®


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

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

Historic Architecture


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

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

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

Parks, Museums, and Recreation


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

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

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

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

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

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

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency

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

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

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

  • Trauma & Injury Care,

  • Cardiology,

  • High-Tech Imaging

  • and a Full Diagnostic Lab On-Site.

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

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

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Freestanding ERs. Saving Lives 24/7. No Lines.

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Waxahachie Director – Obinna Ononobi

Meet the Waxahachie Director: Obinna Ononobi, MBA, MHA

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

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

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

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

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

Studies, Career & Personal Life


A Broad Spectrum of Knowledge & Experience

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


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

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


Professional Background

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


Recipient of the Forty Under 40 Award

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

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

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


The Family Man

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

An Interview With Obi

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

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

A: Obi

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

I like to be challenged. – Obi

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

A: Obi

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


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

A: Obi

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

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

A: Obi

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

Altus creates opportunities. – Obi

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

A: Obi

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

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

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

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


Now We Know Why Obi is the Best!

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

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

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Freestanding ERs. Saving Lives 24/7. No Lines.

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Anderson Elementary Lufkin – 1st Day of School

Anderson Elementary Opens it's Doors

A Visit to Anderson Elementary During the First Day of School 2017

On the morning of Wednesday, August 16th marked the start of many new projects, lessons, homework assignments, teachers, friends and great opportunities for kids at the Anderson Elementary School.


A Great Relationship with Our Lufkin Neighbors

This year, we were able to bear witness to the first day of classes at Anderson Elementary, part of the Lufkin ISD

Representatives from CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center donated first aid kits, school supply pouches, and folders.

During our visit, we were able to chat with the principal, Cindy Tierney and school staff. 


Our main focus is to build a strong learning environment that involves teachers, children, and families working together. We have many opportunities for you to be involved at Anderson this year! I firmly believe that students reach their greatest potential when everyone works together and I encourage your support and active participation this year. – Cindy Tierney

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At CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center, we look forwards to working together with Anderson Elementary on several projects and events during this and future school years.

Working Towards a Common Goal

Together WE Can Help Build a Positive Future for Lufkin Youth!

A highly active Lufkin community member, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial ER is especially happy to work with fellow Lufkin businesses and institutions towards a brighter future for children!  We will always work towards going the extra mile in a helping build a happier and healthier future for all.


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

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

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

Back to School Fest Lumberton 2017 Mission Accomplished

Back to School Fest Lumberton 2017 Was a Huge Success!

“Mission Accomplished” at the 4th Annual Back to School Fest Lumberton 2017

It seems like each year is better than the last! The August 12th morning was filled with teddy bears, informative hand outs, snow cones, music, painted smiling faces, fun and silliness at Altus Emergency Center’s fourth annual Back to School Fest Lumberton 2017.

This family friendly free event was held for the fourth consecutive year as a last “summer fest” before the start of the school year at the Altus Emergency Center Lumberton location: 137 North LHS Drive Lumberton, TX 77657.


An Incredible Way to Close Summer

Three Hours Packed with Excitement at the Back to School Fest Lumberton 2017

The day was a pure delight! How we managed to pack so many fun activities in three hours is sincerely incredible. We started the event with door prizes for our guests full of school supplies, donated by Altus Emergency, Boogie & Tootsie’s Deli and Neches Federal Credit Union. We had Extreme Bouncers and Slides bring out a bounce house and a water slide for kids to enjoy. This was a big hit with the younger kids!


That was just the tip of the iceberg… Other exciting activities at the Back to School Fest Lumberton 2017 included: a rock painting station, cotton candy station, free snow cones from Kona Ice, a face painter, the Lumberton Police, Fire and Swat team and two photo booths with live DJ Rayman playing music. Additionally, we had local vendors come out and provide services and giveaways for the people attending: Christy Boudreaux DDS, Lumberton Chamber of Commerce, Sprint Print, Girl Scouts, Cricket Wireless, Fuller Options, Chiropractor Ana Bumstead, MET Head Start, Sassy Southern Salon and Boutique, Crestwood Baptist Church, and Julie Rodgers Gift of Life.

Thank you for all who attended our fourth annual Back to School Fest Lumberton 2017!

The Donations Rolled in!

There Were Lots of Giving Hearts at the Back to School Lumberton 2017

What a joy to be a part of something so special! The purpose of the Back to School Lumberton 2017 is not only to pave the way for the next school year in fun but also to help make a difference through worthy causes. Nothing is better than giving children encouragement to prosper and grow.

Thank you to everyone who donated to help the Lumberton Civic Women’s League/Caring Hearts #BacktheBackPack Cause during the Back to School Fest Lumberton 2017. We as a staff also collected 27 backpacks full of school supplies for local kids, which was our Altus Gives charity for August. In addition, we had LifeShare doing a blood donation. During this fine event, we exceeded our blood donation goal! Thank you to the 14 donors that supplied blood and a plasma donation during the Altus Emergency Lumberton event.

A Mix of Happy Pics!

Photo Fest Recap

Here are just a few of hundreds of fun photos that were taken during the memorable Lumberton Back to School Fest 2017. The best highlights from event can be found at the two photobooths! Over 300 silly willy photos were taken during Altus Emergency Center Lumberton‘s free family event this Saturday. Check to see if you or a friend are here: Photo Fun #1 and Photo Fun #2 Galleries.

It’s super easy to share with your friends directly to your social media page. Go ahead and share to have a fun memory to look back at and smile! 

See you next year!

Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones.

Have a Safe and Fun Back to School

We wish all parents and children a wonderful school year filled with many great accomplishments.

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

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Back to School Bonanza 2017

Back to School Bonanza Highlights

7th Annual Back to School Bonanza Was a Hit! An Estimated 3,200 Backpacks Given to School Aged Children


Saturday, August 12th left many children happy after their visit to the 7th Annual Back to School Bonanza.


This was the seventh year that the  Junior League of Lufkin
hosted this free event for Angelina county school aged children together with churches, businesses and service organizations.  The event was held from 8 am – 2 pm at the Pitser Garrison Convention Center. Both parents and children poured in to take advantage of the freebies to help kiddos get ready to go back to school among those: free backpacks, school supplies, health kits, school uniforms, new tennis shoes, haircuts, dental checks, and much more.  Children from the Lufkin area will be able to return back to classes well prepared to tackle the happy opportunities of school. 


Enjoy some of the highlights from the Back to School Bonanza

A Happy Joint Venture in Community Outreach

The Tools for a Successful Start

The Back to School Bonanza is essential in supplying children with the necessary tools to enter school with a good self esteem which is instrumental in successfully undertaking the challenges of school, fitting in and constructing the foundation for a bright future.


Highly active in the Lufkin community, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial ER participated in the Back to School Bonanza by giving out information about health, safety and prevention.  “There was a great turnout we had steady traffic throughout the entire event.” Parents and students from the Lufkin area attended. Pre-registered students were in line since 3 am Saturday morning.

It was great to see so many smiling faces with their families preparing for the new school year. – Lauren Frazier, MBA Lufkin Administrator

Several kids went home feeling safe and sound with their new Eddie Rescue teddy bear.  These mini replicas of the real life Eddie Rescue from CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center were given out as gifts during the event.  We hope that they will serve to help remind both parents and children that life is precious.  During a medical emergency, there is no time to waste.  There is an option that involves short wait times versus hours.  At CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center, we are always open, always ready and always fast when caring for your loved ones.  Visit our Facebook or Instagram pages to stay up to date with our Lufkin Community activity participation, safety tips and great photos.

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Midlothian Mayor’s Back to School Bash

The Midlothian Community Comes Together During the Mayor's Back to School Bash

Over Ten Years of the Mayor’s Back to School Bash

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, hundreds of Midtholian parents and students took home fun and lively memories from the Mayor’s Back to School Bash. This free family event sponsored by the local community outreach Manna House together with the United Way of Ellis County, Midlothian ISD, the First Church and the City of Midlothian has become a much-anticipated celebration, a prelude of the beginning of the new school year.  This year, the Mayor’s Back to School Bash, held at the Frank Seale Middle School was filled with a rich variety of exciting activities such as a live DJ, carnival games, water slides, snow cones, a candy cannon, zip lining, bounce houses and face painting, vendors and a huge hot dog cookout.

The highlight of the event is to witness Midlothian Mayor Bill Houston get soaked in the dunking booth all in good fun.


Altus Emergency Waxahachie Joins in the Fun at the Mayor's Back to School Bash

Midlothian Families Now Have an Option that Doesn’t Involve Waiting in Line.

Eddie Rescue made a special appearence at the Mayor’s Back to School Bash spreading cheer, smiles and warm bear hugs. This year, Altus Emergency Waxahachie joined the Midlothian community festivities by highlighting the importance of health, safety and making parents aware that in the event of an emergency, they have the option of getting high quality ER care without having to drive long distances or wait in line.  We understand that nothing can be more important to a parent than to give their child immediate attention during a medical emergency.  Altus Emergency Waxahachie follows in the Altus Emergency Center tradition of community outreach, awareness and providing premium ER care without lines.

Altus Emergency and Friends

At Altus Emergency Centers, we believe in partnering with our local communities to help build a more positive future for all.  It is a pleasure to partake in activites that influence and build up in a positive manner.  As you can see from the photo highlights, we made many new friends and enjoyed a genuinely lovely time. 

Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones.

Have a Safe and Fun Back to School

Waxahachie ER is the newest addition to the Altus Emergency Center Family. Having celebrated it’s ribbon cutting ceremony on March 27, 2017, this High Quality 24/7 Freestanding Emergency Center went operational on April 4th, 2017. The Waxahachie ER provides innovative, high-quality care to residents of Waxahachie and the surrounding areas.

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 when it’s more than urgent.

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Back to School Fest Lumberton 2017

Join us at the Back to School Fest Lumberton

Fourth Annual Event

It’s that time of the year again! In celebration of the new school year, Altus Emergency Centers is hosting the fourth annual Back to School Fest Lumberton.  This fun free event being held on Saturday, August 12th from 9 am to 12 pm at the Altus Emergency Center Lumberton location: 137 North LHS Drive Lumberton, TX 77657.

This family friendly event is targeted towards spreading the excitement and positive mentality towards education.  With the start of every school year comes many challenges for both children and parents, this is a wonderful opportunity to get started on a positive note. On an average, 1500 people attend the event.  We invite everyone to come and join the back to school party!

What We Have In Store for You

Back to School Fest Lumberton Event Activities.

This year, Altus Emergency Centers has gone out of their way to ensure that the Back to School Fest Lumberton is a huge success. Among the event’s festivities are:

  • Free snow cones from Kona Ice

  • Bounce houses from Extreme Bouncers and Slides, LLC,

  • A dunking booth, photo booths, rock painting, vendor booths and face painting

  • Tunes from DJ Rayman. 

  • Free vision check by Walmart Optical.

  • An appearance and reading time with everyone’s favorite teddy, Eddie Rescue.

  • A special appearance by the Lumberton Police, Fire and Swat team.

  • A Back Pack giveaway at the top of the hour.

A Chance to Make a Difference.

Come to the Back to School Fest and get a chance to contribute to the community through Pack the Backpack and Life Share Blood Drive.  During the Back to School Fest Lumberton, Altus Emergency will be collecting school supplies through the #PacktheBackpackDrive to be donated to the local Lumberton Charity, Caring Hearts. The supplies collected go towards making sure that all children enjoy a great start this school year.  Together, we can ensure that school aged kids will receive the supplies they need for the upcoming year.  free event for all children, that we correlate with the collection of school supplies that go to the local charity (caring hearts) and they distribute.


The event is mostly a fun, free event for all children, that we correlate with the collection of school supplies that goes to the local charity (Caring Hearts) and they distribute. So far, we have collected over 25 backpacks for local children. – Bradley Jackson

In addition, visitors to the event will have the opportunity to donate blood through the Life Share Blood Drive. Mark the event on your calendars and share with friends that may wish to attend.  Remember that sharing is caring!

See You at the Fest!

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 Back to School Event.

Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones.

Have a Safe and Fun Back to School

We encourage you to visit the Back to School Fest Lumberton 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 when it’s more than urgent.

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

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Texas Parks to Visit and Recreation Safety Tips to Enjoy

Texas Parks to Visit and Recreation Safety Tips to Enjoy

Let’s Learn About Park and Recreation Safety

In celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month, Altus Emergency Centers is challenging the community to improve their quality of life by going out and enjoying one of the many parks around their city. The best way to plan out a great time outdoors is to first learn about park and recreation safety.

Spending time outdoors promotes a healthy vibrant community life, whether it’s summer camp, a sports league, exploring a trail, playing chess in the park, or organizing play dates for the kids; parks are the perfect gathering place.

To ensure you experience a safe outing, we have prepared a handy list of Park and Recreation Safety Tips to keep in mind!


National Parks & Recreation Month: Keeping it Safe and Fun


Playground Safety Tips.

The most common summer activity is a trip to the playground.  The following park and recreation safety tips are important to keep in mind during your visit the the playground:

  • Wear Proper Shoes: Make sure your kids footwear is adequate to play and run, never let your child play barefoot at the park as they may be bitten by insects, step on a thorn or small rock or burn their feet on hot surfaces.
  • Watch Out for Hot Surfaces: During summer, slides, swings, monkey bars, merry-go-rounds and even picnic tables may become overheated by the sun, so, always check the surface temperature.
  • Stranger Danger: Teach your children not to speak or follow adult strangers, and to immediately run towards you or someone they know to report the incident. While not everyone has bad intentions, it is best for kids not to engage in conversation with adults they do not know.

Hiking Safety Tips

Hiking is an excellent acivity for all ages.  You may choose the pace and distance that you wish to hike and enjoy the scenery during your voyage. The following park and recreation safety tips are important to keep in mind when planning on your next hiking quest:

  • Tell People: Always inform friends and family the route you’ll be taking and how long you expect to be gone; if possible always travel with a companion.
  • Carry ID: Make sure to carry some sort of ID that includes your name, phone number, address, pertinent medical information, and emergency contact information.
  • Carry a Whistle: This will help scare wild animals or signal for help should you be injured.
  • Plan Your Route: Become familiarized with a trail before you head out, do not venture into unknown hiking trails by yourself.

Camping Safety Tips

If you’re a woodsy person at heart, camping is wonderful to replenish the mind and spirit.  It is particulary important to heed the park and recreation safety tips while on your home in the wilderness away from home.

  • Stay Away from Wildlife: Clearly one of the joys of camping is to commune with nature, but, it is better to enjoy the wildlife from afar. If you do come face to face with a wild animal, regardless of if it’s a bear or a squirrel do your best not to disturb them, this will keep you out of trouble and possibly a visit to one of our centers.
  • Respect the Fire Rules of the Park: Most parks that offer camping sites have clear rules when it comes to camp fires, make sure you find out what they are and that you respect them. Unattended or poorly managed campfires have been known to start wildfires that can destroy thousands of acres, kill wildlife, and endanger human population as well.
  • Store Food Carefully: Again, check the food regulations with park officials before you set out on your camping trip. Food should be properly stored for several reasons, preventing food poisoning while camping and, avoiding a close encounter with dangerous animals.

General Park Safety Tips

No matter which outdoor activity is your cup of tea, the following are universal park and recreation safety tips to always take into consideration:

  • Wear Sunscreen: We cannot stress the importance of sunscreen enough, make sure to reapply every couple of hours to avoid getting sunburned.
  • Stay Hydrated: Carry a water bottle, and, if you plan to go for a hike, make sure to take snacks along with you.
  • Check for Ticks: Lyme Disease is a serious illness, it can be easily treated when diagnosed early, but, if left untreated, it can linger for years and cause serious side effects. After a day at the park, make sure you check yourself and your family for ticks.
  • Watch Out for Poisonous Plants: Learn to identify the different poisonous plants that grow in these parts, poison ivy and poison sumac can both cause nasty rashes just by touching them, but poison hemlock can actually kill you. If you come in contact with any of these plants head to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for treatment, if possible take a picture of the plant so we can identify it and administer the proper treatment.

Texas Parks to Visit

We are blessed with so many wonderful parks in our beautiful state of Texas! The following are just some of the many great options to consider for this weekend.  There are so many, you can plan to visit a new park every weekend!  Have a lovely time and share your photos on our social media pages!

Baytown, Texas Parks

The following are just a few of the many beautiful parks in Baytown, Texas:

  • Jenkins Park
  • Goose Creek Park
  • Allenbrook Park
  • Baytown Nature Center
  • Blue Heron Park
  • Roseland Park
  • Hollaway JC Park
  • WC Britton Park
  • Wayne Gray Sports Complex
  • McElroy Park
  • Eddie Huron Park
  • Bicentennial Park
  • Bayland Park
  • Edna Mae Washington Park
  • Brownwood Park
  • Unidad Park
  • W.C. Britton Park

Lake Jackson, Texas Parks

The following are just a few of the many colorful parks in Lake Jackson, Texas:

  • Brazos Oaks
  • Brazoswood Key Club
  • Brazoria Natural Wildlife Refuge
  • Captain R.R. Terry Park
  • Dunbar Park
  • Fireman’s Park
  • Garland Park
  • Jasmine Park
  • James F. Crews Park
  • MacLean Park
  • Morrison Park and Shy Pond
  • Shadowglen Park
  • Wilderness Park

Lufkin, Texas Parks

The following are just a few of the many breathtaking parks in the area of Lufkin, Texas:

  • Azalea Trail
  • Angelina National Forest
  • Davy Crockett National Forest
  • Chambers Park
  • Kiwanis Park
  • Grace Dunne Richardson Park
  • Jones Park
  • Wetlands Garden Park
  • Herty Park
  • Winston
  • Mantooth Park
  • Louis Bronaugh Park

Lumberton, Texas Parks

The following are just a few of the many vibrant parks in Lumberton, Texas:

  • Village Creek State Park
  • Big Thicket RV Park
  • Thompson Lake Park
  • Red Cloud RV Park
  • State Park Fishing Spot

Waxahachie, Texas Parks

The following are just a few of the many fun-filled parks in Waxahachie, Texas:

  • Getzendaner Park
  • Chapman Park
  • George Brown Plaza
  • Lions Park
  • Brown Singleton Park
  • Brown Chiles Park
  • Richards Park
  • Lee Penn Park
  • Belle-Vue Park
  • Wags-a-Hachie Dog Park
  • Waxahachie Sports Complex
  • Waxahachie Lake Pavillion
  • A&F Thompson Memorial Park
  • Waxahachie Creek Hike & Bike Trail

Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones.

Have a Safe and Fun National Parks and Recreation Month!

At Altus Emergency Centers we encourage you to get outdoors to enjoy a safe, fun and healthy time with the family.  Enjoy!

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 when it’s more than urgent.

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

Find an Altus ER Near You.


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