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Baytown December Employee Spotlight – Robin Permenter

An Interview with the Baytown Rad Tech, Robin Permenter

Baytown December Employee Spotlight

In December, our employee spotlight for Altus Baytown ER is Robin Permenter our ER Rad Tech.  Emergency radiology is an important subspecialty of medicine that has helped save countless lives in our emergency centers.

Here are a few details about what Robin Permenter is like:

Our Baytown December Employee Spotlight is the latest in the series of Altus Staff articles dedicated to the amazing people behind what is #TeamAltusER.

Baytown December Employee Spotlight - Robin Permenter

Q.  How long have you been a rad tech?
A.  I have been a rad tech for twelve years.

 

Q.  What is your Favorite Restaurant?
A.  My favorite restaurant is Tia Juanitas.

 

Q.  What can you not resist?
A.  Chocolate.

 

Q.  An ability you wish you had?
A.  I wish I had the ability to see into the future.

 

Q.  Favorite Movie?
A.  My favorite movie is Tombstone.

 

Q.  Favorite music?
A.  Anything with a good beat that makes me want to dance along or catchy lyrics.

 

Q.  Favorite part of working at Altus?
A.  My favorite part of working with Altus is the family-like atmosphere and the way everyone looks out for everyone.

 

Q.  What are you thankful for?
A.  I’m thankful that Hadlee is thriving and happy and healthy.

 

Q.  Do you have any New Years’ resolutions?
A.  My new year’s resolution is to travel and make more memories, to find myself again.

 

Thank you, Robin Permenter for all that you do!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks 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.

Lake Jackson December Employee Spotlight – Kim Gries

An Interview with the Lake Jackson Patient Advocate, Kim Gries

Lake Jackson December Employee Spotlight

In December, our employee highlight for Altus ER Lake Jackson is Kim Gries, our Patient Advocate.  She’s your best friend after a medical emergency!  Our ER Trained Physicians get you well, and our Patient Advocate helps give you peace of mind. After receiving medical care, the Patient Advocate is a caring, knowledgeable professional that helps take the guesswork from deciphering the billing and insurance claim process.

Here are a few details about what Kim Gries is like:

The December Employee spotlight is the latest in the series of Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Staff articles dedicated to the amazing people behind what is #TeamAltus.

Lake Jackson December Employee Spotlight - Kim Gries

Q.  How long have you been a patient advocate?
A.  I have been the patient advocate going on for almost 2 years now.

 

Q.  What is your Favorite Restaurant?
A.  My favorite restaurant is Gringos Mexican restaurant.

 

Q.  What can you not resist?
A.  Something I can’t resist, it’s a toss of between cake and puppies.

 

Q.  An ability you wish you had?
A.  I wish I had the ability to time travel.

 

Q.  Favorite Movie?
A.  My favorite movie is Runaway Bride.

 

Q.  Favorite music?
A.  Favorite music is pop and Christmas music.

 

Q.  Favorite part of working at Altus?
A.  One of my many favorite things about working at Altus is the friends I’ve made. Everyone here is helpful and supportive of one another, at work and outside of work.

 

Q.  What are you thankful for?
A.  I’m thankful for the health of my family.

 

Q.  Do you have any New Years’ resolutions?
A.  My new year’s resolution will likely be to get more exercise

Thank you, Kim Gries for all that you do!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks 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.

Waxahachie December Employee Spotlight – Keri Chiles

An Interview with the Waxahachie Registration Clerk, Keri Chiles

Waxahachie December Employee Spotlight

In December, our employee highlight for Altus Emergency Waxahachie is Keri Chiles, who is the first smiling face you get to see as soon as you walk through the doors.  During the moments of a medical emergency, time is crucial.  This is why the job of a registration clerk is pivotal.  They help ensure that you get swift attention the moment you walk in through the door.

Here are a few details about what Keri Chiles is like:

The December Employee spotlight is the latest in the series of Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Staff articles dedicated to the amazing people behind what is #TeamAltus.

Waxahachie December Employee Spotlight - Keri Chiles

Q.  How long have you been a registration clerk?
A.  Almost 4 years!

 

Q.  What is your Favorite Restaurant?
A.  Anything Mexican food

 

Q.  What can you not resist?
A.  Coffee and chocolate

 

Q.  An ability you wish you had?
A.  A photographic memory.

 

Q.  Favorite Movie?
A.  Sweet Home Alabama.

 

Q.  Favorite music?
A.  Anything Country.

 

Q.  Favorite part of working at Altus?
A.  My coworkers.

 

Q.  What are you thankful for?
A.  My family and the Jeep community

 

Q.  Do you have any New Years’ resolutions?
A.  Travel more!

Thank you, Keri Chiles for all that you do!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks 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.

The Importance of Radiology During an Emergency

The Importance of Emergency Radiology

Emergency radiology is an important subspecialty of medicine that has helped save countless lives in our emergency centers.

The main responsibility of an emergency radiologist is to provide a quality diagnosis of ill or injured patients using CT Scans, X-Rays, and Ultrasound machines.

Happy National Rad Tech Week 2020 to all of our wonderful radiologic tech professionals who are instrumental in helping ER physicians get to the correct diagnosis during an emergency.

Time Factor in Emergency Radiology

In the ER, time can be both our greatest ally and our worst enemy. The first hour after trauma or the beginning of symptoms is considered the golden hour.

When our doctors can accurately diagnose a patient’s condition in that first hour, patient survival rates go up, and the risk of long-term or permanent damage decreases. 

However, for doctors to accurately diagnose a patient’s injury, they rely on the expertise of our emergency radiologists who are always on site, ready to perform the necessary tests.

X-ray emergency radiology

Technology Used in Emergency Radiology

As we mentioned earlier, having the capability to immediately and correctly evaluate and diagnose a patient, helps doctors formulate the best treatment course, which will alleviate the patient’s pain, and save lives.

The key is to have access to the results as quickly as possible. And this is where technology comes in to play. 

All Altus Emergency Centers have access to the most advanced imagining technology, that provides accurate results in minutes, not hours.

CT Scan

CT Scan or CAT Scan provides clear and detailed images of the soft tissue, bones, and blood vessels in the body. 

The images produced by our CT Scans allow our emergency radiologists and physicians to diagnose and treat internal injuries and diseases.

 

CT Scans are recommended in the following cases:

  • To Diagnose Infectious Diseases
  • To Identify Muscle Disorders
  • To Visualize and Evaluate Bone Fractures
  • To Pinpoint the Location of Tumors 
  • To Study the Blood Vessels and Other Internal Structures
  • To Assess the Extent of Internal Injuries and Internal Bleeding
  • To Diagnose Heart Disease

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

X-Rays

X-rays have been used for years to diagnose internal organs and bones. 

At Altus Emergency Centers, we utilize digital x-rays which offer additional benefits compared to conventional x-rays. 

Benefits include lower radiation exposure, and better processing and storing of images.

 

In the ER, X-rays are mainly used to diagnose or evaluate the following conditions:

  • Infections Including Pneumonia
  • Broken Bones
  • Digestive Problems, including Damage to the Stomach or Intestines
  • Diagnose Kidney, Bladder, and Gallstones
  • Blocked Blood Vessels
  • Enlarged Heart
  • Locate Foreign Objects in the Body

Ultrasound

Ultrasound tests use high-frequency sound waves to capture images of the inside of a patient’s body.

The sound frequency used in ultrasounds is inaudible, and it is continuously adjusted during the procedure depending on how deep the tissue or organ being evaluated is. 

High-frequency ultrasounds are ideal for superficial imaging, while low frequencies can penetrate deeper.

 

Doctors may request an ultrasound for a patient when:

  • Abdominal Trauma
  • Acute Abdomen, Liver, Gall Bladder and Urinary Pain
  • Infection
  • Are Pregnant

All our radiology tests are safe, non-invasive, and painless. The best part is results are available within minutes, which allows our doctors to formulate a personalized treatment course for each patient.

In addition to having the most advanced radiology equipment, Altus Emergency Centers employs the best emergency radiologists who have the experience and knowledge necessary to save lives.

Altus Rad Tech Gallery

At Altus, we are blessed to have some of the most brilliant rad techs within our ranks.  We have four locations within our Altus Family:  Altus Baytown ER, Altus Emergency Lake Jackson, Altus Lumberton Hospital and Altus Emergency Waxahachie.  All four facilities are open 24/7 with on-site imaging technology and ER rad tech professionals.  Let’s get to some them!

 

Enjoy a slide show of our rad techs at work and play.  If you should recognize one, don’t be shy about thanking them for the great service they provide to our communities.

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!

ER Nurses Week 2020 – Front Line Heroes

Happy ER Nurses Week 2020!  Celebrating our Front Line Heroes

Today we kick off a much-needed celebration honoring those in the front lines, ER Nurses Week 2020.  It takes a special heart to become a nurse, but an extraordinary soul to go into the emergency nurse profession.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic,  this year has been a particularly challenging and revealing year for ER nurses across the globe.  More than ever before, the vital role of healthcare professionals including the ER nurses has been at the focus of our lives.  We see them on the news and when we go to the doctor, but we can’t begin to understand the amazing sacrifices they make each day in honor of caring for our health.

Just like you and I, ER Nurses are Real People. 

During the COVID-19 pandemic, real people feel fear, get tired, frustrated, anxious, and even depressed.  However, the ER Nurse has to put aside their fears and remain strong and focused to care for their patients.  Armed with their PPE gear, they bravely continue on tirelessly and unite with their healthcare coworkers as a tribe to keep pushing forward.  Yes, they miss their families and their families miss and worry about them but understand the importance of their mission.  Still, this is not their biggest concern during Nurses Week 2020.  Like many other healthcare professions, ER nurses are concerned about patients greatly needing emergency care staying away from hospitals and emergency rooms out of worry that they could become ill.  Some individuals will have chest pains for days before getting treatment.  On behalf of Altus ER Nurses, we want everyone to understand the following:

You will be safe coming to any Altus facility.  We are open 24/7, offering safe private rooms.  You will not come into contact with any other patient.  We offer Free Medical Screening, do COVID-19 testing & accept Medicare. There is no good reason to stay at home when you need ER care.  Do not risk your life. Get ER Care.

Altus is proud to celebrate Emergency Nurses Week along with the most talented and dedicated group of ER Nurses ever assembled. While we are grateful every day for the hard work these professionals do, this week we take special care to honor their dedication and commitment to helping patients.

A Look Back into ER Nurses Day From Previous Years

As you can see, at Altus, we have been celebrating ER Nurses Week since we first opened.  You may recognize some of the smiling faces.  This year, we will be releasing updated photos and videos of our ER Nurses.  The difference may be the PPE gear, the glowing smile underneath will still be the same.  Happy ER Nurses Week 2020!  Now, let’s explore, why these special ladies and gentlemen deserve our appreciation.  We will overcome the COVID-19, but there will always be battles to fight.  May we never forget to honor these brave individuals on the front lines of healthcare.

Why Do Emergency Nurses Deserve Special Appreciation?  

Nurses across the country do exemplary work. However, emergency nurses deserve special recognition because the environment in which they must work requires quick thinking and nerves of steel. 

The Emergency Room staff needs to make split-second life or death decisions. Nurses are often the first person a patient sees when they enter our Emergency Room. These people are often in severe pain, shock, and scared. The reassurance, compassion, and empathy of ER nurses make all the difference to these patients and their families.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Role of ER Nurses

Every day, emergency nurses must tackle diverse tasks with professionalism, efficiency, and above all—caring.

Patient-Care: Working at an emergency center means ER nurses will need to care for a wide range of injuries and illnesses. Some might be mild emergencies, while others may involve trauma, heart attacks, or traumatic brain injuries. The wide variety of patient conditions requires that ER nurses have specialized training and qualifications. In addition, a strong character that can keep its cool in extremely stressful situations is indispensable.

Education: The nurses at Altus are outstanding members of the communities that we serve. As such, they are always available to help us promote our wellness programs, and educate the public on how to prevent injuries. Additionally, nurses are the most prominent advocates for patients who visit our ER centers. Not only do they assist the patient during their stay at our facilities, but they also explain the care needed to ensure a speedy recovery once the patient goes home.

Leadership: Part of the company culture at Altus focuses on working as a unit. Our nurses are perhaps the best liaisons in our organization. They work closely with administrators, lab technicians, doctors, and of course, patients. Because of this, emergency room nurses must have strong leadership skills that allow them to build solid relationships with every member of our team.

A Special Thank You to Our Invaluable Nurses

At Altus Health which includes Altus Baytown ER, Altus ER Lake Jackson, Altus Lumberton Hospital, and Altus ER Waxahachie, we know the quality of the people that work with us. Moreover, every patient we see gets a chance to meet the most amazing, professional, and caring nurses ever!

Our organization could not provide the care needed by our communities, were it not for the hard work and dedication that our nurses put into every minute of their workday. 

These brave, compassionate angels help us save lives every day, and we could not be more proud and grateful to have them by our side.

To all of you who give so much to both patients and colleagues, “Thank You” from the bottom of our hearts for a job well done!

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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!

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

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!

Lake Jackson August Employee Highlight

An Interview with the Lake Jackson Lead Registration Clerk, Silvia Munoz

Introducing – Silvia Munoz, our August Employee Highlight!

In August, our employee highlight for Altus ER Lake Jackson is Silvia Munoz, who is the first smiling face you get to see as soon as you walk through the doors.  During the moments of a medical emergency, time is crucial.  This is why the job of a registration clerk is pivotal.  They help ensure that you get swift attention the moment you walk in through the door.

Here are a few details about what Silvia Munoz is like:

The August Employee highlight is the latest in the series of Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Staff articles dedicated to the amazing people behind what is #TeamAltus.

Q.  Favorite part of working at Altus?

A.  I have great coworkers!  They are like family and only two blocks away from home.

 

Q.  What is your Favorite Restaurant?
A.  My favorite restaurant is NAM.

 

Q.  What can you not resist?
A.  Spending time with my grandkids.

 

Q.  An ability you wish you had?
A.  I wish I could have more family time.

 

Q.  Favorite Movie?
A.  The Lion King

 

Q.  Favorite music?
A.  Classic Rock

Thank you, Silvia Munoz for all that you do!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks 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.

Baytown August Employee Spotlight – Ronda Rodriguez

An Interview with an Amazing Nurse, Ronda Rodriguez

Introducing – Ronda Rodriguez.

In August, our employee spotlight for Altus Baytown ER is Ronda Rodriguez.  Our fantastic ER nurses make a difference in the lives of our patients and their colleagues every day. With their compassion, empathy, and passion for what they do, they provide help make our days brighter and our lives fuller.

Our August employee highlight for Baytown is the latest in the series of Altus Staff articles dedicated to the amazing people behind what is #TeamAltusER.

Let us get to know a little more about what Ronda is like.

Q.  How long have you been a nurse?

A.  I have been a nurse for 35 years.

 

Q.  What is your Favorite Restaurant?
A.  Rouxpours- Cajun seafood!

 

Q.  What can you not resist?
A.  I can’t resist a opportunity to travel!

 

Q.  An ability you wish you had?
A.  I wish I had the ability to come up with a cure, by cure I mean all sorts of illnesses, drug addiction, cancer, COVID-19. There’s a lot of sick people out there that need our help, and I wish that I had the ability to help them all. That’s what I hope to do as a nurse, find the cure.

 

Q.  Favorite Movie?
A.  Steel Magnolias.

 

Q.  Favorite music?
A.  Fleetwood Mac, Def Leppard, Mary J Blige, Drake. Basically all music!

My favorite part of working at Altus is the upbeat people I work with. Even when we are super busy, the staff always has a positive vibe!

Thank you, Ronda Rodriguez for all that you do!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks 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.

Waxahachie August Employee Highlight

An Interview with the Waxahachie Rad Tech, Cody Brown

Introducing – Cody Brown.

In August, our employee highlight for Waxahachie is Cody Brown our ER Rad Tech.  Emergency radiology is an important subspecialty of medicine that has helped save countless lives in our emergency centers.

Here are a few details about what Cody Brown is like:

Our August employee highlight for Waxahachie is the latest in the series of Altus Staff articles dedicated to the amazing people behind what is #TeamAltusER.

Q.  Favorite part of working at Altus?

A.  The family vibe we have here and the opportunity to do all types of tasks when it comes to patient care. In addition to radiology, I get to start IVs, splint fractures, assist in procedures with the doctors and perform a wide range of lab testing.

 

Q.  What is your Favorite Restaurant?
A.  El Mexicano Grill In Waxahachie

 

Q.  What can you not resist?
A.  Dessert!

 

Q.  An ability you wish you had?
A.  I wish I could speak multiple languages

 

Q.  Favorite Movie?
A.  Remember the Titans

 

Q.  Favorite music?
A.  I like most types of music

Thank you, Cody Brown for all that you do!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks 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.

Dr. Mitchell Honored as a Life Member for ACEP

Dr. Mitchell Honored as a Life Member for ACEP

Dr. Terry Mitchell, Medical Director of the Altus Emergency Center in Waxahachie, was recently honored by the American College of Emergency Physicians® (ACEP) with the Award of “Life Member.”

The American College of Emergency Physicians® represents more than 38,000 emergency physicians, ER residents, and students. Thanks to the support of members like Dr. Mitchell, the organization can promote the highest quality of emergency care and continue its advocacy for emergency physicians and their patients.

ACEP membership

To become a member of ACEP, candidates dedicate a significant portion of their medical activities to emergency medicine. Additionally, membership candidates must meet at least one of the following conditions:

  • Have completed an emergency medicine residency program accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • Completed a subspecialty training program in pediatric emergency medicine accredited by the ACGME
  • Possess a primary board certification from an emergency medicine certifying body which is recognized by ACEP

 

All members are elected or appointed by the Board of Directors and must hold a current, active, full, valid, unrestricted, and unqualified license to practice medicine in the state in which they practice.

Staff Quotes

Here are some quotes from the Altus Emergency staff that work side by side with Dr. Mitchell.

Excellent and knowledgeable physician – Lynn Miller

Impeccable “bedside” manner – Cody Brown

Genuinely cares for all his patients – Florence Bulawin

Very entertaining…loves to tell his “stories” and also a few “corny” jokes as well – Janet Justice

He is a good Christian man and very family oriented too. – Lendall Barker

Life Member Recognition

The honor of Life Member is reserved for those individuals who have been a member of the College for a minimum of 30 years.

The membership provides several benefits, discounts, and recognition both at their national convention and in several of their publications.

Dr. William Jaquis, ACEP president, thanked Dr. Mitchell for the years he has aligned himself with ACEP with a lifetime commitment to the College and the field of Emergency Medicine.

He cited Dr. Mitchell’s unwavering determination during the growth of our specialty and his help in the fight to maintain its position in the house of medicine in its first 50 years. He went on to say that he has helped ACEP stand ready to usher in the next 50 years of excellence in Emergency Medicine, one of the youngest specialties in the house of medicine.

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Dr. Mitchell’s Professional Journey

Dr. Mitchell came out of Family Medicine training in 1983, and for eight years, did all of Family Medicine in McKinney, TX., including obstetrics.

He had a large clinic and hospital practice and was Medical Director at 4 of 9 nursing homes where he attended patients. Additionally, he was the Medical Director of a hospital inpatient eating disorder unit, did pharmaceutical research, and for a brief time, had a radio talk show on Christian radio in the Dallas market.

During this time, the American Academy of Family Practice awarded Dr. Mitchell, the title of Fellow (FAAFP).

In 1991 Dr. Mitchell made the transition from Family Practice to Emergency Medicine. In a short time, he was the Medical Director of Emergency Services for the hospital and local EMS.

He took certification teaching courses and taught Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Basic Trauma Life Support for EMS, nursing, and physicians.

In 1995, he joined the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). In 2010, in recognition of non-residency trained Emergency Physicians like Dr. Mitchell, who have made significant contributions to the specialty, a one-year door was opened to apply for Fellow of ACEP.

Dr, Mitchell applied with the three required recommendations, including one board member for whom he was Medical Director at the time. He had been Medical Director for several different Emergency Departments, 3-counties for EMS, and served for many years on a 9-county Trauma Advisory Council, serving on several committees and in all offices including President.

He served in 3 ACEP national sections: Rural Emergency Medicine, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, and Workforce Section. On the state level, he has served on the governmental committee. Therefore, in 2010, ACEP awarded Dr. Mitchell, the title of Fellow (FACEP).

And now, the high honor of Life Member has been added. ACEP President Dr. Jaquis, on behalf of ACEP, expressed his gratitude for the exemplary commitment Dr. Mitchell has demonstrated for the specialty and his patients. He has truly earned the right to sign his name: Terry Mitchell, MD, FAAFP, FACEP.

We’re Proud of You, Doctor Mitchell!

Altus Emergency Centers is proud to have Dr. Mitchell serving as the Medical Director for our Waxahachie ER. His accomplishments in the field of emergency medicine coupled with his inmense humanity make him an exception asset to our organization.

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