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Weathering Any Storm 24/7

Weathering Any Storm 24/7

We are Open 24/7 Before, During and After the Storm

Altus is Committed to Stand By the Community Through Thick and Thin

Through the years, the Altus Community Family has evolved.  Altus Baytown ER has become the preferred ER of Altus Hospital in Baytown, Altus Lumberton has become Altus Lumberton Hospital and Altus Emergency Centers in Waxahachie and Lake Jackson have become CIHQ accredited and now temporarily accept Medicare due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One thing that has not changed through the years is that all of the Altus facilities are a safe haven for their communities, especially during our harsh hurricane season.  Fortunately, all Altus facilities are ready for each, weathering any storm 24/7.  Our Altus Lumberton Hospital Administrator and Risk Manager, Richelle Blackburn, couldn’t summarize it better:

“We go to great lengths to ensure that our patients and staff are safe. We are prepared and open 24/7 before, during, and after any potential emergency including natural disasters.” – Richelle Blackburn.

She and the rest of the brave staff at Altus Lumberton Hospital were positioned directly in the middle of the area strongest hit by Hurricane Harvey.  With Beaumont hospitals shutting down due to the flooding, the facility was almost a “Noah’s Ark” for communities North and South from Lumberton.

Why We Get Prepared During Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting we will have an above-normal hurricane season this year.

During an average hurricane season, we will have 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher. Out of those six, three turn into major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.

This year, NOAA predicts we will likely have between 13 and 19 named storms. Up to 10 of these storms will become hurricanes, and between 3 to 6 could become major hurricanes.

Our VP of Clinical Services, Amir Bashiri reflected upon our response to this potential threat:

“With full knowledge of the potential wreck that our storms, floods and hurricanes can have on our communities, Altus always plans ahead so if all other medical facilities close, we can remain open 24/7, fully functional with medical supplies, technology, ER physicians and back up generators.  Basically, we get ready for the worst and expect the best.” – Amir Bashiri RN, BSN, MBA

The Hurricane COMMAND CENTER

Whenever a tropical storm is forming, from experience, we know that these can result in a life-threatening hurricane.  For this reason, we set up command centers in each of our facilities to ensure that our staff and our patients are fully equipped to weather out the storm.  Last month, hurricane Laura came by and, fortunately, did not escalate.  Still, we were ready for a Harvey or worse.  The following are images of our Hurricane Command Center.

Helping You Plan Ahead

We have been fortunate so far this year as far as hurricanes go, however, there is no room to let our guard down.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this year, we will potentially have a:

“Busy Atlantic hurricane season for 2020”

If you throw COVID-19 into the mix, it’s the recipe for a genuinely challenging time if a damaging storm hits.  We recommend that you check out our free guide on:

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season During COVID-19

This includes:

  • How to Prepare Your Home Emergency Supply Kit
  • How to Create Your Disaster Plan
  • How to Stay Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Look Back at Hurricane Harvey

We could not be prouder of our dedicated staff, who put aside their personal needs during emergencies such as Hurricane Harvey 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.

Through it All, We Remain Open & Ready to Help

We are Always Open and Prepared.

The entire Altus ER Team is proud to be of service to our communities Weathering Any Storm 24/7.

Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency: before, during and after any storm.

Find an Altus ER Near You.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

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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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Child Passenger Safety Week

Child Passenger Safety Week

Every day, parents and caregivers drive young children to and from school, daycare, the store, doctor’s appointments, and around town in car seats and boosters.

What you probably don’t realize is that nearly half of all car seats are incorrectly installed. This means your child may not be traveling as safely as possible.

That is why observing Child Passenger Safety Week is so important.

Danger on the Road

According to the United States Department of Transportation, in 2018, every 32 seconds, a child under the age of 13 traveling as a passenger in a vehicle was involved in a crash.

Furthermore, between 2013 and 2017, 3,313 children under 13 killed were killed while riding in passenger vehicles. In 2018 the death toll reached 636.

These alarming statistics help explain why traffic accidents are a leading cause of death for children in our country.

Child Passenger Safety Week

Reducing the Risk

Car and booster seats, when installed correctly, are proven to help keep children safe while riding in the car. Studies show that car seats can reduce the risk of fatal injury for infants by 71% and 54% for toddlers.

Unfortunately, many of us don’t know how to install a car seat correctly. Thankfully there are ways we can help improve our children’s safety.

Get a Professional to Check Your Car Seat

The best way to know if you’ve installed your car seat correctly is to have a Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician check it.

These professionals can also answer questions for you this way; you can be confident you are using the car seat correctly.

If you don’t know a certified child passenger safety technician, you use this simple search tool to locate one nearby.

Child Passenger Safety Week

Don’t Forget to Register Your Car Seat

When you purchase a car seat or a booster seat, make sure you register it with the manufacturer. All seats come with a postage-paid registration card for you to mail, or you can also register your purchase online.

Doing so will ensure the manufacturer will notify you if they find a manufacturing defect. This way, you can either get your seat repaired or replaced.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Use the Right Seat

Finding the right seat for your child is extremely important. As children grow, they will need to transition to a more size appropriate seat.

If you are not sure, check to make sure you’re using the right car seat, booster seat for your growing child.

What to Do If Your Child is in a Car Accident

Even minor car accidents can cause severe injuries in young children. Therefore, even if you don’t see any visible trauma, it’s best to visit the nearest Altus Emergency Center.

The impact could cause concussions and sprains that could go undetected and possibly cause complications later on.

For your peace of mind, all our locations have pediatric examining rooms and specially trained physicians and nurses to help take care of your child. Our staff will care for your child as if it were their own because, at Altus, you are family.

 

Did you know that Insurance Companies Must Cover ER Trips Involving Traffic Accidents?

 

Yes!  It’s important to remember that insurance companies are obligated to offer emergency room coverage in their policies. If you are involved in a car accident and need to go to the emergency room, your insurance policy will cover your visit.

Some injuries are more time-sensitive than others, in these cases it is better to transfer the patient to a ER facility such as any of the Altus Emergency Centers where they can be treated by a licensed emergency physician right away, rather than transport them to a Hospital ER where their treatment might be delayed due to overcrowding issues.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Preparing for Hurricane Season During COVID-19

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season During COVID-19

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this year, we will potentially have a:

“Busy Atlantic hurricane season for 2020”

During an average hurricane season, we could potentially have 13 to 19 storms.  Six to ten of which could become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher and three to six potentially becoming major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher. 

In Texas, we are no strangers to hurricane season.  However, this particular year, we have an extra element added into the mix which is COVID-19.

With such an active hurricane season, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to be prepared is highly important. Here is a helpful guide to help you get organized and prepared in case of a hurricane disaster.

Do Not Forget That We are Still in the Middle of a Pandemic

Please keep in mind:  Symptoms, Prevention & Treatments.  Follow all state and local guidelines in order to not only keep yourself safe, but keep others around you safe as well.  It’s not a time to panic but it is a time to remain vigilant and responsible:

  • Wear a mask
  • Keep your hands clean
  • Maintain a safe distance

At Altus, We Are Safe, Prepared and Open 24/7 Before, During & After Storms & Hurricanes

When planning for hurricane season during 2020, it’s equally crucial to know where to go in case of an emergency.  At Altus, we ensure that we have taken all necessary precautions to ensure that we will remain open 24/7 to care for your medical needs even when other medical facilities shut down.

 

We’re OPEN 24/7, Before, During & After the Storm

Prepare Your Home Emergency Supply Kit

Should a hurricane make landfall in our area, roads will be flooded or blocked by debris, power lines, and water supply pipes may be damaged, leaving us no choice but to stay home.

Having an emergency supply kit is essential to survive at home during a disaster.

What to include in your Emergency Supply Kit?

Your supplies should last at least two weeks, and should include:

 

  • Easy to prepare nonperishable food
  • Drinking water, you should have one gallon per person per day
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Disinfectant
  • Soap and other personal hygiene products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Copies of personal documents make sure to include a list of medications you are taking and any illnesses or allergies you have
  • Emergency contact numbers of family, friends, and local authorities
  • Emergency blankets
  • Extra cash

Evacuation Emergency Kit

Have an evacuation emergency kit ready in case you need to leave your home. Prepare your go-bag in advance; make sure to include food and water supply to last at least 3-day.

To help protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, make sure you include:

  • Reusable face coverings for everyone in your family, however, these are not recommended for children under age 2
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and other personal hygiene items
  • A change of clothes
  • Emergency blankets
  • A 1-month supply of any prescription medication you take

Medications

If you take any medications, you should speak to your doctor to ensure you have a one-month prescription on hand in case of a disaster. Remember, many pharmacies could be closed, and medications may be hard to find.

Also, prepare to have over the counter medications at home, including cough syrup, pain killers, and fever-reducing drugs.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Updating Your Disaster Plan

You may already have a disaster plan in place from previous years; however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some shelters may no longer be available.

Make sure to contact your local authorities to obtain an updated list of shelters in your area.

 

Stay Informed

 

  • Subscribe to weather apps to receive updated weather information.
  • Follow social media accounts of community leaders and agencies to receive emergency alerts
  • Learn the jargon used in emergencies, for example; a “watch” means you should get ready to act; a warning means you should spring into action immediately.

 

Stay or Go

 

If your local authorities recommend evacuation, don’t hesitate. Grab your emergency evacuation kit, gather your family, including your pets and leave.

Make sure you have a list of shelters available in your community or have plans to stay with family or friends outside the affected area.

Make sure you have a planned route for how to get to your safe place that includes alternate routes.

Set a place where you and your family can meet in case everyone is not home at the time of the evacuation.

 

Altus Emergency Centers will always be here for you and your family. We stayed open during hurricane Harvey, and we will remain open should another similar disaster impact our community.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Group Interactions Impacting COVID-19

How Are Group Interactions Impacting COVID-19

Are group interactions impacting COVID-19 and it’s spread?  As our communities undertake measures to reopen businesses and reactivate our economies, we need to consider how our daily activities impact the success of these efforts.

The first thing we need to come to terms with is the fact that nothing we do will guarantee zero risks of infection. For this reason, it’s important to understand how our daily interactions can put us at risk and which prevention measures can help protect us.

How Does the Virus Spread?

We are still learning a lot from this virus. However, scientists believe SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads from person to person mostly through respiratory droplets released when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.

These droplets are typically small and not always noticeable. Because of their size, they can readily travel through the air and land in our hands, mouths, or noses where we can accidentally inhale them into our lungs.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

How Can Group Interactions Put You at Risk

In general, the more closely and longer your interaction with others is, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.

There are other factors of social interaction that can raise our risk of infection, such as:

  • The more people you interact with, the higher your risk of infection will be
  • Being in a group where people aren’t social distancing or wearing face coverings significantly increases your risk
  • Engaging with people who are not part of your usual social unit (e.g., those that live with you) can also raise your risk of contagion
  • Not everyone who has the virus has symptoms. The closer you are to other individuals who may be infected and not know it, the higher your risk of getting sick
  • Social interaction indoors where it might be harder to keep people apart, and proper ventilation might be an issue, tends to be riskier than group interaction taking place outdoors

Things to Consider Before You Participate in A Group Gathering

Before deciding to rejoin group activities, there are things to consider that can help minimize your risk of infection.

 

 

Keep Yourself Informed

Follow updates from local health officials to understand the situation in your community. You can check

Review updates issued by your local health department to know how the virus is spreading in your town. You can search The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention directory to find resources in your community.

 

Know Your Risk Factors

Everyone experiences the disease differently. Some people who have the virus never develop symptoms; others only experience mild ones, while others might get severely ill.

Certain groups, including older adults and people of any age who have chronic underlying medical conditions, have a higher risk for severe illness and developing complications from COVID-19.

Additionally, you need to consider if someone in your household has an increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you live with older adults or someone how has heart disease, diabetes, or cancer, then you and your family should take extra precautions to minimize risk.

Wash Your Hands, Keep Your Distance, And Wear a Mask

 

As a rule, you should continue to follow the general prevention guidelines, which include:

 

  • Washing your hands with soap and water several times a day
  • Maintaining a distance of at least 6-feet between you and others
  • Wearing a moisture-resistant face mask when out in public

At Altus Emergency Centers, we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in our community closely. All our facilities follow strict prevention protocols that exceed those suggested by local and federal healthcare agencies.

Our patient’s safety and welling continue to be our top priority; for this reason, our ER’s remain open to treat all medical emergencies. If you need us, we are here.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Sun Safety During the Pandemic

Practice Sun Safety During the Pandemic

We are fast approaching that time of year where the temperature in Texas reaches the high 90’s, and you feel like you, and everything around is ready to melt.

After weeks of being indoors, many of us are eager to spend time outside. Whether it’s fresh air you seek or an extra dose of the Immunity-supporting vitamin D – Aka “the sunshine vitamin,” staying safe in the sun is the priority.

Safe and Easy Summer Tips

Follow our tips to prevent dehydration, sunburns, and heatstroke and ensure your time outdoors is as memorable and fun as you dreamt it!

Add More Fruits and Veggies to Your Summer Diet

 

Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants that can help boost our immunity as well as protect our skin against sun-damage, premature aging, and skin cancer.

Pro Tip: Snack on refrigerated or frozen fruit or make yourself a refreshing fruit smoothie

 

Stay Hydrated

 

During the summer months, our Altus ER Centers get slammed with dehydrated patients. Dehydration is a real concern during the summer months, as it increases the risk of heat exhaustion and, in more severe cases, heatstroke.

Pro Tips to prevent dehydration:

  • Carry a refillable BPA Free water bottle with you when outdoors
  • Follow the 20-minute rule; this means you should drink water every 20 minutes when outdoors.
  • Avoid sugary and alcoholic beverages
  • While engaging in an outdoor sport, we recommend you hydrate with a low sugar sports drink to help replenish lost minerals.

 

Don’t Forget the Sunscreen

 

Applying sunscreen should be a daily habit regardless, but it is especially important these days. Remember, we’ve been sheltering indoors due to the pandemic for months, and our skin will need time to adjust to sun exposure again. 

Before you go outside, please remember to:

  • Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Broad-spectrum means ti will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays
  • Apply the sunscreen onto dry skin 15 minutes before going outside
  • For best results, re-apply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating profusely.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Protect Your Eyes

 

According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, high levels of exposure to UV light increases your risk of developing certain eye diseases such as, growths on the eye, cataracts cancer, and photokeratitis is a painful eye condition that is like having a sunburned eye

Pro tips to prevent damage to your eyes

  • Wear UV-blocking sunglasses and broad-brimmed hats whenever you are outside, even if the day doesn’t seem to be too sunny
  • Shield your eyes from dust by wearing sunglasses
  • Wear goggles when swimming in the pool to protect your eyes from harsh chemicals
  • Use artificial tears if your eyes become dry
  • Avoid looking directly at the sun
  • Don’t stand too close to lit grills or open fires

 

Wear Cool Protective Clothing

 

During your outings, choose lightweight fabrics in light colors, and preferably use loose-fitting clothing. Additionally, wear a wide-brimmed hat that can provide shade to your eyes and keep your head nice and fresh while you are out in the sun.

 

Maintain Social Distancing, Wear a Mask, and Wash Your Hands

 

We live in a new reality, one in which we must follow the guidelines of health officials to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

We urge you to please wear a mask when interacting with people outside of your immediate circle. Continue to wash your hands frequently with plenty of soap and water and maintain a social distance of at least 6-feet.

Flattening the curve is everyone’s responsibility.

Altus Emergency Centers continues to work 24/7, providing quality emergency medical services at an affordable price in a safe and friendly environment. If you require medical attention, don’t hesitate to visit us, your wellbeing is our priority.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

We Stand with Our Community

We Stand with Our Community

These past few months as a community, we’ve faced some hard times with the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic affected us all in one way or another; our children can’t attend school; many workplaces closed down, and we had to learn about social distancing.

Through this entire ordeal, Altus Emergency Centers has remained open, taking care of our friends and neighbors, and we plan to continue doing so.

That is why we wanted to share with you how we are helping our communities cope with the public health crisis and stay safe and healthy.

Can You Get Tested for COVID-19 At Altus Emergency Centers?

The first thing we wanted to address is our testing capabilities. As of right now, the Department Of State And Health Services (DSHS) does not allow freestanding ERs, such as Altus Emergency Centers, to do outpatient testing.

Therefore, if you come to us with symptoms related to COVID-19, we can examine you as an ER visit and take a sample and send it to an authorized laboratory for testing if the physician deems necessary.

How Altus Emergency Centers Is Helping to Care for the Community

In these uncertain times, we understand how scary it is to deal with a medical emergency, especially if you have symptoms associated with COVID-19.

We want you to know Altus Emergency Centers is here for you, and we will not leave you alone in your time of need.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Free Medical Screenings

All patients who visit our emergency centers receive a free medical screening by one of our physicians. After the evaluation and based on symptoms, the physician will make a medical decision to order or not order a COVID-19 test.

As a patient, you have the right to agree or disagree to be seen by a physician. If you agree, your visit is considered an emergency room visit.  For those with commercial insurance, the CARE Act ensures no out of pocket expenses related to the diagnostic test.  Altus Emergency Centers are required to follow these federal rules.

Partnerships for Non-Emergency Needs

It’s not always easy for us as patients to determine if our symptoms or injury requires emergency attention or not, especially when we are scared.

You don’t have to worry; you can come to any one of our centers and let our medical staff evaluate your situation.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we don’t just take care of your health; we also take care of your wallet. We have partnered with local urgent care and other community facilities to provide more cost-effective options for those interested with a non-emergency need.

Additionally, we also can refer patients without symptoms to our county resources.

We are living in difficult, stressful, and scary times. However, Altus Emergency Centers is proud to be a member of the community. The outpouring of support from the local authorities and neighbors who are organizing to look after each other inspires us every day.

 

Altus Emergency Centers stands with our communities. We are confident we will get through this by working together and taking care of one another. Stay safe and healthy.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Tips to Reopen Your Business Safely Texas!

Tips to Reopen Your Business Safely Texas

The number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, sparking a debate of when and how to re-open our economy.  The question on all of our minds is, “How to Reopen Your Business Safely?”

The timeline for reopening is subject to how the pandemic evolves.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order halting the state’s plans to ease lockdown restrictions.

The topic of how to safely reopen businesses is creating much anxiety amongst business owners who are left to navigate a new world of social distancing, face coverings, decreased in-store capacity, and stricter cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

To help businesses in our communities reopen safely, we’ve prepared a set of tips to formulate and execute a plan.

The following information will be of great value to business owners to safely resume operations while safeguarding the wellbeing of their staff and clients and regaining the trust and confidence of the public.

Tips to Re-open Your Business Safely

Prepare Your Establishment for the Transition

It’s crucial to stay informed, as local, state, and federal guidelines can change daily for specific industries as the COVID-19 pandemic evolves.

Business owners might need to physically rearrange their stores to comply with the strategies for community mitigation set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

To help mitigate the spread of the virus, owners may have to do one or more of the following:

  • Install physical barriers in their stores or office space
  • Changing the layout to create more space between workstations
  • Close communal spaces
  • Stagger shifts and breaks to minimize any unnecessary interactions
Tips to Re-open Your Business Safely

Create an Employee Wellness and Education Plan

Public health officials encourage business owners to allow employees to work remotely when possible. For those companies that require employees to work on-site, preparing a wellness and education plan is imperative.

First, come up with a sanitation program, all employees must follow when at work. Your wellness program should include the following:

  • Providing personal protection equipment (PPE) or face coverings:  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires specific industries to use standardized PPE like N95 masks. However, for most businesses providing cloth face coverings will be enough.
  • Temperature checks before commencing work: We can safely expect temperature checks to be a requirement for re-opening businesses, and even if it is not, it’s a good idea to implement it. Designate one person, such as a manager or supervisor, as the recorder to keep better control of the data.
  • Daily wellness checks: Provide your employees with a short daily “symptom survey” to be completed before entering the workplace.

You should schedule a staff training session to cover all aspects of your wellness program and give employees to ask questions before you implement it. Make sure you educate your employees on the proper way to use personal protection equipment (PPE), proper handwashing techniques and require social distancing.

Tips to Re-open Your Business Safely

Safety Measures for Retail Stores

Non-essential retail stores and restaurants need to introduce additional health and safety protocols. These measures are not only a useful, practical public health strategy; they can also help instill confidence in your customers; knowing owners are doing everything they can to keep them safe.

Here are a few tips to minimize person-to-person contact at your place of business:

  • Promote the use of cashless payment methods. Cash touches lots of hands, which can increase the risk of infection. Promoting the use of virtual payment methods or contactless credit/debit cards can help protect your employees and customers.
  • Set up a “pick-up station” at the store entrance. Enable your customers to place an order online and alert them when it’s ready to pick up. This idea will help comply with store capacity guidelines.
  • Install barriers and Delimit Spaces. Delimit spaces to comply with social distancing guidelines. Many people don’t know how far they need to stand apart from others, by setting visual marks for people to stand in line at, you can help guarantee everyone practices safe social distancing.
Tips to Re-open Your Business Safely

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Increase Communication

Customers need to know and understand the new rules of engagement established by stores and offices.

Place signs at the entrance and throughout your workplace. Use a unified message across all channels and repeat it often through regular transaction touchpoints.

Your message should be simple and clear, letting people know what they need to do. If you require your clients to apply hand sanitizer when entering your establishment, then you need to have signs and hand sanitizer readily available. If the use of face coverings is mandatory, the poster needs to be outside the establishment or on the front door.

If possible, have a member of your staff at the door to greet and help people navigate safely through your store.

Provide updates when needed, be ready to accept feedback, and adapt your operations accordingly.

Altus Emergency Centers is here to support business owners in our community. As members of the communities we serve, we are committed to doing everything we can to help kickstart our economy and support local businesses.

For more resources on guidelines to help re-open your business safely, please visit:

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24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

June is Men’s Health Month, a full month dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of keeping the men in our lives healthy. For this reason, we’ve decided to list the top Common Reasons Men Visit the ER and offer ways to improve the overall health of men in our communities.

These are the top reasons men visit our ER’s

Chest Pains

Every year we treat many patients who come to us complaining of chest pains. Although this type of pain is usually associated with cardiac arrest or heart attack, it can also indicate the presence of other health problems.

Chest pains are of particular concern for anyone who has other chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, or heart disease.

Chest pains that are also accompanied by pressure-like or “burning sensation, nausea, sweating, or shortness of breath needs immediate medical attention.

Abdominal Pain

Altus Emergency Centers is synonymous of excellence among providers of emergency medical care in all the communities they serve.

Their decision to become CIHQ accredited is proof of their continued promise of providing the best care to the residents of Waxahachie and Lake Jackson.

Having accreditation status helps ensure that patients receive excellent emergency care that far exceeds minimum standards for safe, quality healthcare. This way, patients can rest easy knowing they are in the best hands.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

Sprains and Broken Bones

Both injuries can happen to anyone regardless of their age or physical condition. Sprains and broken bones are often the results of accidents or twisting of joints while playing sports or doing other physical activities.

Mild sprains don’t require medical attention. By just letting the joint rest for a few days, the injury will usually pass. However, if the injury causes severe pain or it makes moving the joint difficult, you need emergency medical attention.

Likewise, if you suspect you’ve fractured a bone, come to the ER to get evaluated.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Upper Respiratory Infections

Most upper respiratory infections are the result of viral infections, although in some cases, bacteria can also cause infections.

Most of the visits at the ER are due to complications from the common cold and flu viruses, which, if left unattended, could lead to more severe conditions.

Cuts and Contusions

Cuts and contusions are common reasons to visit our ER’s. Most cuts are the result of accidents while handling knives, power tools, and other machinery.

Deep cuts that require stitches or those with severe bleeding need immediate medical attention.

Contusions or bruises are typically the results of trauma. Trauma to the head, neck, or back requires medical attention. Severe injury to other parts of the body should also be evaluated by a medical professional.

Back Pain

Back pain-related ER visits are more common than you might think. Accidents, sport-related injuries, lifting heavy items, and repetitive motion at work are the most common causes of back pain.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

5 Ways To Improve Men’s Health

Most men already know that eating well, not smoking, drinking less alcohol, and staying physically active is essential for staying healthy.

Here we offer a few additional tips to help improve the health of the men in the communities we serve.

 

Protect Yourself

 

We know you love to stay active and do handy work around the house but protecting yourself while you do what you love needs to be a priority.

Make sure you use the right protective gear like helmets, safety goggles, and gloves when doing handy work. Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen and insect repellant when outdoors.

 

Manage Stress

 

Take time every day or at least a couple of days a week to do something you enjoy; you deserve it!

Do your best to keep a positive attitude. This doesn’t mean masking your emotions for the sake of others; it’s about embracing the small blessings we each get every day and see how these simple things help make our lives better.

Get plenty of sleep; experts recommend you get between 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

 

Get Regular Check-Ups and Screenings

 

Regular check-ups and health screenings to address the unique healthcare needs of men can go a long way in protecting your health. Speak to your family doctor about your risk factors for certain diseases and formulate a plan to lower the risk or improve the management of your condition.

Common Reasons Men Visit the ER

At Altus Emergency Centers, we know the best way to save a life is through prevention. We are committed to helping men in our communities improve their overall health so they can live longer fuller lives.

We want to remind you that all our centers remain open 24/7 to attend any emergency you face.

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting we will have an above-normal hurricane season this year.

During an average hurricane season we will have 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher. Out of those six, three turn into major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.

This year, NOAA predicts we will likely have between 13 and 19 named storms. Up to 10 of these storms will become hurricanes, and between 3 to 6 could become major hurricanes.

With such an active hurricane season, the need to be prepared is highly important. Here is a helpful guide to help you get organized and prepared in case of a hurricane disaster.

Prepare Your Home Emergency Supply Kit

Should a hurricane make landfall in our area, roads will be flooded or blocked by debris, power lines, and water supply pipes may be damaged, leaving us no choice but to stay home.

Having an emergency supply kit is essential to survive at home during a disaster.

What to include in your Emergency Supply Kit?

Your supplies should last at least two weeks, and should include:

 

  • Easy to prepare nonperishable food
  • Drinking water, you should have one gallon per person per day
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Cell phone with chargers
  • Disinfectant
  • Soap and other personal hygiene products
  • Hand sanitizer
  • First Aid Kit
  • Copies of personal documents make sure to include a list of medications you are taking and any illnesses or allergies you have
  • Emergency contact numbers of family, friends, and local authorities
  • Emergency blankets
  • Extra cash

Evacuation Emergency Kit

Have an evacuation emergency kit ready in case you need to leave your home. Prepare your go-bag in advance; make sure to include food and water supply to last at least 3-day.

To help protect yourself and your family from COVID-19, make sure you include:

  • Reusable face coverings for everyone in your family, however, these are not recommended for children under age 2
  • Hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and other personal hygiene items
  • A change of clothes
  • Emergency blankets
  • A 1-month supply of any prescription medication you take

Medications

If you take any medications, you should speak to your doctor to ensure you have a one-month prescription on hand in case of a disaster. Remember, many pharmacies could be closed, and medications may be hard to find.

Also, prepare to have over the counter medications at home, including cough syrup, pain killers, and fever-reducing drugs.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Updating Your Disaster Plan

You may already have a disaster plan in place from previous years; however, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some shelters may no longer be available.

Make sure to contact your local authorities to obtain an updated list of shelters in your area.

 

Stay Informed

 

  • Subscribe to weather apps to receive updated weather information.
  • Follow social media accounts of community leaders and agencies to receive emergency alerts
  • Learn the jargon used in emergencies, for example; a “watch” means you should get ready to act; a warning means you should spring into action immediately.

 

Stay or Go

 

If your local authorities recommend evacuation, don’t hesitate. Grab your emergency evacuation kit, gather your family, including your pets and leave.

Make sure you have a list of shelters available in your community or have plans to stay with family or friends outside the affected area.

Make sure you have a planned route for how to get to your safe place that includes alternate routes.

Set a place where you and your family can meet in case everyone is not home at the time of the evacuation.

 

Altus Emergency Centers will always be here for you and your family. We stayed open during hurricane Harvey, and we will remain open should another similar disaster impact our community.

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Free Tips to Reopening Your Business Safely & Successfully!

Free Tips to Reopening Your Business Safely & Successfully!

This is a 100% Free Event to Learn to Help Safeguard Your Business!

Tune into our transmission safely from your home or office with our Quality Director, Shannon Seymoure, RN, BC, HACP.

We will be doing a zoom conference please contact us to learn more! This is a joint effort with the Chambers of Commerce in our Communities.

Chambers of Commerce

We are so proud to announce that we are supporting out communities in these days that they need it the most.  We are holding your hand and helping you by getting to know each and every one of you.  Please come on by to the conference Free Tips to Reopening Your Business Safely & Successfully!   View on Event Brite

 

The following are the Chamber of Commerce that we are proud to be working with:

Get to Know Sharron Seymour

Presenting, Shannon Seymour!  She is our dedicated presenter to help your businesses reponen!

 

Shannon Seymour is the Director of Quality Improvement at Altus Lumberton Hospital. She oversees the development, management, implementation and sustainability of all improvement activities and compliance procedures while cultivating exceptional care and services in the healthcare industry.
Shannon obtained her bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from Sam Houston State University.  She is also a RN with a professional certification in pain management and recently completed the Healthcare Accreditation Certification Program with CIHQ.  With over 25 years of healthcare experience she will tell you, “you never stop learning”.

Shannon calls Beaumont, TX home with her husband Scott, daughter Shelby, two dogs (Jasmine and Winn) and several head of cattle(all with names of course).  When she manages to get away with her family, they enjoy fishing or taking in an Aggie football game.

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All Altus Emergency Centers follow strict sanitizing and screening protocols to help protect our patients, their family members, and our staff. If you need medical attention, please don’t hesitate to visit us, you are in good hands.

A prompt diagnosis accompanied by appropriate medical care can lower the risk of permanent organ damage.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

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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, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

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