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Employee Spotlight, Brooke Hale

Employee Spotlight, Brooke Hale

Get to Know Our Recent Altus Employee Spotlight

In June, get to know our recent employee spotlight, Brooke Hale, Executive Assistant of Altus Emergency Centers.  You may not see her smiling face as soon as you walk through the doors, but her role is pivotal behind the scenes in the emergency room.  Most will understand that time and quality are crucial during a medical emergency.  Staff roles such as Brooke’s help keep those on the front lines of healthcare going strong.

This Employee Spotlight is the latest in the series of Altus Emergency and Altus Lumberton Hospital Staff articles dedicated to the amazing people behind what is #TeamAltus.

Q.  So, how long have you worked with us at Altus?
A. “I will have been employed with Altus 6 years on July 5th.”

 

Q.  Wow, you have been with us for a long time! Please help us get to know more about your role as an executive assistant.  How do you think this makes a difference in patient’s lives?
A. “While I do not typically work directly with patient care, I do try my best to be there for our staff and provide them with the support they need to be successful in their capacity.  Just a kind word, a smile, or listening to someone tell you about what is going on in their lives, I feel lets them know you truly care about them and they are just not simply another employee.”

 

Q. Brooke, your coworkers truly appreciate you! Those little details go a long way.  I was wondering, what keeps you on Team Altus?  What is your favorite thing about working here?
A.Our bosses are truly the best!  I tell people all the time that working for Altus is the best job that I have ever had.  I really do mean that.  They really care about that staff and always go above and beyond to make sure we have what we need to succeed!!”

 

Q. That’s lovely to hear!  Enough about work, what do you do when you are not working at Altus?
A. “I am a homebody so I am usually at home.  I enjoy spending time with my husband, Trent, and our kids, Tory and Ty.  We started a garden this year so we tend to spend a lot of time outside working in our garden.”

 

Q. Thank you for sharing with us about your lovely family, Brooke! Gardening is a fun and healthy hobby as well.  If you don’t mind, could you give us a fun fact about yourself?
A. “I really enjoy making and canning homemade jams, jellies, pickles and lots of other goodies from our garden.”

Thank you, Brooke Hale for all that you do!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat 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 are here to care for you at 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.

Men’s Health Quotes from Altus

Life Lessons From the Healthy Men of Altus

Men’s Health Quotes from Altus

In honor of Men’s Health Month, we’d like to introduce you to three of the gentlemen from Altus.  At Altus Emergency, Altus Baytown ER and Altus Lumberton Hospital, we not only care about the healthcare of our communities, we try to be an example of health and wellness.  The following are some heart-felt testimonies about how these dedicated Altus staff feel about Men’s Health.

“Being a man is a tough job. Working on your spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health is important to be the best man you can for your family, friends and job. My journey started with Obi taking me to the gym. I remember how sore I was after that first workout! I quickly realized I need a professional personal trainer so I hired Travis. Although he thought I would not last 2 weeks, I am still at it all these years later. Running was always my primary workout, then slowly working out in the gym. I trained for my first marathon several years ago and now enjoy running for the enjoyment. When asked about getting into shape, I always say it is literally one step in front of the other. Start slow and build over time. You will never regret having a workout program. You will only regret never starting.”

“I work out to keep up with my 3 year old. Staying fit is a way of life!”

Obinna Ononobi, MBA, MHA

Obinna Ononobi MBA, MHA

Vice President of Business Development and Marketing Strategy

“I like to keep myself in good shape shape, but i workout more so to keep myself sane. Working out and staying in shape is more mental for me than physical. some days you just don’t want to show up, but mentally you have to push past that. At the end of the day, your health and the health of those around you should be the most important things, so why question taking care of them?”

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Travis Dabel

Marketing Coordinator

As you can see, at Altus good health is a way of life.  Never forget that men’s health matters.  Make time to take care of the health of all of the men in your life through encouraging a healthy lifestyle and prevention.  Part of prevention is knowing where to go during a potential medical emergency.  Please remember that at Altus we are always open and offer free medical screening.  Happy Men’s Health to all from all of us!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

What It Takes to Be an Altus ER Physician

What It Takes to Be an Altus ER Physician

Back in June 2019, Altus Emergency Centers added its own in-house physicians’ group. This means we directly employ every doctor working in our facilities.  Only the cream of the crop qualifies to be an Altus ER Physician.

Working in an emergency room is one of the most demanding jobs in the world. The demands are both physical and mental, after all, people’s lives are at stake, and not everyone is up to the task.

From the first day since we opened our doors, our first and most important goal has been to offer the highest standard of emergency care to our patients.

Our commitment to our patient’s wellbeing is the reason why we have gone to extremes to ensure our doctors are the most qualified for the job.

What is an ER Doctor?

Before we discuss what it takes to be an Altus ER Physician, let’s get to know the role of an ER doctor.  An emergency room doctor is one who knows about every aspect of the human body because their job is to diagnose, stabilize, and provide treatment to any patient who comes into the ER.

ER physicians are trained to handle acute (severe or critical) medical problems. They are also trained to use various medical devices to stabilize and save the lives of their patients.

These are some of the tasks ER doctors routinely perform:

  • Evaluate and examine patients
  • Order tests and blood work to help diagnose the patient’s condition
  • Order or administer medications to treat the patient’s injury or illness
  • Consult with other doctors, nursing staff and support staff to decide on the best treatment course for the patient
  • Explain procedures, diagnoses, tests, and available treatments to patients and their families
  • Work closely with specialists who will care for the patient once they leave the emergency r

What Training Do ER Physicians at Altus ER Have?

At Altus Emergency Centers, we hold our staff to very high standards, especially our doctors and nurses. When it comes to selecting the right person to work at any of our facilities, we, of course, take into consideration the preparation and experience of each physician.

Training to become an emergency room physician is not easy; it takes time and a lot of hard work. To become an ER doctor, a person must:

 

1. Earn a College Degree

Aspiring doctors need a bachelor’s degree to apply to medical school. Although there is no specific major required, its vital that they complete science-related courses in their bachelor’s degree program

 

2. Pass the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)

Medical schools use the scores from this exam to determine if the applicant has the critical thinking, problem-solving, and writing skills necessary to succeed in the field of medicine.

 

3. Earn a Medical Degree

Medical degrees involve four more years of studies. The first two years focus on theory and laboratory experiences. While the last two years include clinical rotations in different fields. During this time, students will begin working with patients, taking medical histories, and completing necessary procedures under the supervision of experienced physicians.

4. Obtain a Medical License

Before they can practice medicine, medical doctors need to obtain a license from the state of Texas. To do this, doctors must pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).  The examination tests applicants on their ability to care for patients and work in a medical and emergency setting.

 

5. Complete a Residency

An emergency medicine residency lasts three years and consists of:

  • Conferences: These conferences cover specific areas of emergency medicine, like cardiovascular or pulmonary treatment.
  • Lab Work: During lab work, ER doctors are trained in specific skills like airway management, repairing of wounds, and orthopedics.
  • Clinical Simulations: Working with mannequins’ students are placed into simulated situations that they might face on a day-to-day basis in a healthcare setting.

 

Additionally, emergency medicine residency also includes:

  • Peer reviews
  • Seminars
  • Supervised clinical training in a real-world environment.

 

6. Complete a Fellowship

Emergency room physicians who wish to specialize in a subspecialty must complete a fellowship program.  Subspecialties include:

  • Pediatric emergency medicine
  • Pain management
  • Disaster medicine
  • Toxicology

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

What Makes Altus ER Physicians Outstanding?

As we mentioned before, we hold our doctors to higher standards than those established by the state board.

There is more to a good doctor than just their academic accomplishments. Our doctors stand out because, in addition to being gifted physicians, they are extraordinary human beings.

 

Here are just a few of the qualities that are expected from an Altus ER Physician:

  • Confidence
  • Humility
  • Great Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Compassion
  • Empathy
  • Honesty
  • Courage
  • Respect
  • Optimism
  • Passion

 

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are always looking for great talent. If you believe you have what it takes to become part of our family, we invite you to apply at ERjobs@altusemergency.com.

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 to the 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!

Employee Highlight Katie Lucas, Credentialing Department

Employee Highlight – Katie Lucas, the Heart of Our Credentialing Department

When patients visit one of our facilities, they trust us to ensure our staff is qualified and dully licensed to practice medicine and that the doctor or nurse taking care of them is the best at what they do.

That responsibility falls on the unsung heroes of our credentialing department. Their job is to make sure that everyone working at our centers has the proper certification, license, or credential that allows them to practice in the state of Texas.

Additionally, they are responsible for vetting providers to guarantee they comply with all legal requirements to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.

Katie Lucas is not only a credentialing assistant; she is the heart of the department. Friendly, caring, generous, and dedicated to her job, Katie has become an invaluable member of our work family, and we are grateful to have her with us.

We wanted to know a little more about Katie and her role within Altus, so we sat down with her to ask a few questions.

An Interview with Employee Highlight Katie Lucas

We enjoyed a lovely chat with Katie while she shared about her vision, purpose, family, and becoming a new mom. The following are some highlights of our interview with Katie.

Q: What do you do at Altus?”

A:  Katie

I am the credentialing assistant. I work with Richelle to create and keep up-to-date files for providers who request work for our Hospital and ER locations. Additionally, we ensure the physicians are properly licensed and certified to work in the state of Texas and make sure that they can provide excellent quality care.

 

Q: “How do you think this makes a difference in patients’ lives?”

A:  Katie

By making sure our Physicians/Providers are suitably licensed and certified, our patients can rest easy and feel safe and comfortable in our facilities, knowing they will receive the best care possible.

 

Q: “How long have you been at Altus?”

A:  Katie

I started working at Altus in 2012 when I was only 16 in the Medical Records department. I later moved to the Credentialing department in 2016 and have been here ever since.”

 

Q: “What is your favorite part about working for Altus?

A:  Katie

Because I’ve been with Altus for so many years, my favorite thing about working here is the friendships we have. Altus is like a second family to me and not just a job.”

 

Q: “What do you do when you are not working at Altus?

A:  Katie

When I’m not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.”

 

Q: “How does it feel to be a new mom?”

A:  Katie

My twins are an absolute blessing! It’s tiring but at the same time so rewarding, and I love every minute of it.”

 

Thank you, Katie Lucas for all that you do!

Thank you, Katie, for the extraordinary work you do in our Credentialing department!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top-of-the-line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays.

National Radiology Tech Week

Happy National Radiology Tech Week!

Beaming With Pride!  Honoring National Radiology Tech Week

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

This week, in honor of the 126th anniversary of the discovery of the X-Ray’s by Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen, we celebrate the National Radiologic Technology Week. The week-long celebration aims to shine a light on the important work medical imaging professionals perform every day in our emergency centers helping us save lives and improve patient care.

What Does Being a Radiologic Technologist Imply?

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

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

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

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Why are Radiology Techs Important?

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

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

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Meet the Altus Emergency Radiology Techs!

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

Thank You to All of Our Rad Techs!

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

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

Altus RT’s are the BEST!

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

Our Caring Emergency Trained Personnel Are Here for You

We Are Just Around the Corner When You Need ER Help

 

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!

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 2021 – Front Line Heroes

Happy ER Nurses Week 2021!  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,  these past two years have been particularly challenging and revealing years for ER nurses across the globe.  More than ever before, the vital role of healthcare professionals including the ER nurses has been acknowledged.  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 2021.  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.

 

During this year, we have seen a massive surge in hospital overcrowding which has complicated receiving care for every patient in need of ER care.

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.  We are currently offering low wait times. 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 2021!  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 ER Baytown, 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!

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!

Employee Spotlight Lauren Frazier, Regional Director of QI/Risk

Employee Spotlight Lauren Frazier, Regional Director of QI/Risk

Tradition is beautiful, especially when it’s about uplifting incredible people from our communities that truly deserve it.  In honor of the wonderful tradition that we have established at Altus, today we are honored to take the time to spotlight Lauren Frazier, the Regional Director of QI/Risk and Project Management for Altus Emergency Centers, and Altus Lumberton Hospital.  If you are ever in an emergency at any of our Altus facilities and enjoy a quality experience, you can thank our wonderful staff including Lauren.  Today we are doing an employee spotlight on Lauren Frazier as we are proud to have her as one of the stars of Team Altus.

 

In an emergency, not only does every second matter, every detail matters. A troubling moment can be agonizing or an incredible relief depending on how the experience is for the patient.  During the current COVID-19 pandemic, everything has been particularly trying to everyone.  During these challenging times, we are ever so grateful to have super troopers on board as we are always looking for the best experience for our patients.  Among our unsung healthcare heroes, Lauren has a good deal to do with the incredible quality within our Altus Emergency and Altus Lumberton Hospital healthcare centers.

Read more to get to know about the Employee Spotlight: Lauren Frazier.

Who is Lauren Frazier?

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Lauren began at Altus through the Fellowship Program under the mentorship of Kevin Herrington, President of Altus Emergency Centers and Altus Lumberton Hospital.

Since then, Mrs. Frazier has been instrumental in the development of the high-quality emergency room experience.   She continues to works with staff and patients to assure that they always receive the very best quality in healthcare.

A Hometown Girl with International Flair

Lauren Frazier, the director of quality improvement, risk, and EOC, studied health sciences and minored in corporate communication and public relations, also obtaining a concentration in Biochemistry at Baylor University.  An adventurous spirit, Lauren has also been involved in international studies and practice in order to expand her perspectives.

I received my MBA with a specialization in Healthcare Administration at Lamar University. My early days were very focused on the clinical side with countless hours in labs and patient care and experience. I have completed countless days of hands-on-experience throughout my studies and career, including spending time in Costa Rica and Panama solely to help administer patient care and  assess the disparity and continuum of care.

The Fellowship Program

“During this time, I was able to lead significant efforts and gain thorough experience in all management departments including Communications and Marketing, Executive Office, Finance, Operations, Private Equity, Billing and Management, and other Regional Services associated with Altus Health. There is no training period for the rigorous program.”

It has been a long road to this point in my career. However, it is one that has been most rewarding.

Greatly respected by all, president Kevin Herrington expressed about her as, Lauren has been a stellar employee and has a great ability to observe, analyze and make sound judgment calls.” 

Lauren is one of our excellent health care executives that has obtained valuable first-hand experience through the Fellowship Program.  

An Interview with our Employee Spotlight Lauren Frazier

We enjoyed a lovely chat with Lauren while she shared about her vision, purpose, family, and becoming a new mom. The following are some highlights of our interview with Lauren and her experience of working with Altus for over five years.

Q: “So, please explain, what is your role at Altus?”

A:  Lauren

I handle Quality/Risk, Governance, and oversee Environment of care/Asset maintenance for all locations together with a team. I also manage organizational projects, as assigned by our President.”

 

Q: “How do you think this makes a difference in patient’s lives?”

A:  Lauren

All my areas of responsibility roll down to patient care, which is the center of all decisions. All decisions have a ripple effect right down to the patient.

 

Q: “Wow this really sounds impacting in all that it encompasses, could you explain a little more about this?”

A:  Lauren

At Altus, we have a patient centered focus, and we’re willing to make necessary moves in a timely manner to benefit patient experience and care.”

“In healthcare, timing is everything. What everyone sees on the surface is just the tip of the iceberg.”

 

“Behind the scenes, there are a lot of moving parts and decisions that allow for that patient perspective and experience the public sees and feels when they walk through our front doors at any of our locations. Our facilities have a local atmosphere that our patients appreciate and the personalized service that makes all the difference during their emergencies.

 

Q: “What is your favorite part about working with Altus?

A:  Lauren

The best part about working for Altus is being a part of a healthcare organization that is able to provide quality healthcare in a comfortable environment for our patients. Our model also offers convenience and increases access to healthcare. Additionally, we have a team dedicated to the organization.”

 

Q: “What do you do when you are not working at Altus?

A:  Lauren

Outside of working at Altus, I spend time with my family, friends, and  support my husband, who is a local high school band director. I am also a grad member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, where I serve and give back to the community.

 

Q: “How does it feel to be a new mom?

A:  Lauren

Being a new mom is such a blessing for me. I am honored to be my daughter Ava’s mother. It is one of the most difficult, yet rewarding jobs I’ve ever had.  It is a journey with lots of learning and twists, but it also has lots of love and laughs along the way.”

“I wear quite a few hats, but in the end you ultimately receive what you give.

 

Thank you, Lauren Frazier for all that you do!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat 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 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top-of-the-line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays.

Staff Promotions Announced

Important Staff Promotions Announced

We are pleased to announce the staff promotions of our key leadership.  Two staff members are transitioning to new roles to elevate the Altus facilities.

Obinna Ononobi, MBA, MHA

Obinna Ononobi, MBA, MHA

Vice President of Business Development and Marketing Strategy
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Richelle Blackburn

Vice President of Operations

Implications of Our Recent Staff Promotions

Congratulations to our all-star, Obinna Ononobi, for your recent promotion to becoming Vice President of Business Development and Marketing Strategy!  The following was his reaction about the recent role change within one of the finest healthcare organizations of Texas:

 

Q:  What does this role change mean?

A:  This means, I am responsible for the business growth and overall brand development for Altus ERs and Hospital.

 

Q: What responsibilities come with this? In other words, what is the different job description?

A:  In my new role, as the Vice President of Business Development and Marketing Strategy, I will partner with senior leadership in leading multiple ERs and Hospital. My primary responsibility will be cultivating strategic partnership and developing growth agendas and will be intimately involved in the hospital’s/ERs strategic planning, capital planning, Marketing and physician relations. I will continue to have complete oversight of Altus Emergency Center Waxahachie.

 

Q:   What is a great quote to summarize your reaction to when you first heard this great news?

A:  “Onward and upward”

We are equally thrilled to congratulate the lovely Richelle Blackburn, for her recent promotion to Vice President of Operations.  With twenty nine years in the healthcare industry, this excellent lady genuinely puts her heart into ensuring the care of each patient that comes through the Altus locations.  The following is her reaction to her new role:

 

Q:  How would you summarize your new role?

A:  With the promotion to VP of Operations, I will be responsible for operations at each of our ER’s and the Hospital. 

 

Q:  What type of opportunities do you foresee in the future?

A:  This promotion provides me the opportunity to continue to provide positive leadership at all our facilities.  

Congratuations to both Obi and Richelle for their recent staff promotions.  We are very much looking forward towards witnessing the positive impact your new roles will have on the healthcare of our communities.  At Altus, it is our mission to continuously strive for ensuring the best possible access to healthcare for all ages.  Thank you to all of the healthcare heroes of Altus.  A much deserved round of applause for each and every one of you!

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

Employee Highlight Shannon Seymour Quality

Employee Highlight Shannon Seymour

Introducting the June 2021 Employee Highlight, Shannon Seymour.  It is truly a pleasure and honor to work with each and every one of our staff members. You are not just coworkers and colleagues but part of the Altus Family.

This month we will be highlighting one of our wonderful staff members, which is Shannon Seymour.

Shannon Seymour is none other than the Director of Quality Improvement.  This means that she is here to ensure that each time you visit an Altus location, you will have the very best patient experience.

What Does Our Shannon Seymour Do?

Our Director of Quality Improvement, Shannon Seymour, oversees the development, management, implementation, and sustainability of all improvement activities and compliance procedures while cultivating exceptional care and services in the healthcare industry.

Let’s Get to Know Shannon Seymour

We sat down with Shannon to ask her a few questions about their work and personal experience working with the Altus facilities. Here is what we learned.

Q/ What do you love about working for altus?

 

A/My co workers are always there for me in patient care.

 

 

Q/ What do you love about quality?

 

A/ “Quality of work never goes out of style!”

 

 

Q/ How does quality help us keep patients safety and overall patient satisfaction in line?

 

A/ “The goal of the Quality Dept is to insure we are always following the most current safety guidelines for our patients and staff. We also monitor patient satisfaction surveys given to improve patient satisfaction and look for potential areas of improvement.”

Thank you, Shannon Seymour, for all that you do to help ensure that our patients come out feeling “all better”.  The complexity of how this takes place is unknown to most but the end success stories fill our hearts with gladness.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

Assistant Administrator Job Opening in Waxahachie

Assistant Administrator – Job Opening in Waxahachie

This is an excellent opportunity to work with one of the finest Emergency Rooms in Texas.

Altus is currently seeking to fill the position of an Assistant Administrator – Job Opening in Waxahachie to work at Altus Emergency Center in Waxahachie. Please review the following job requirements and Submit your Resume Now.

Assistant Administrator Position Summary

Aid in general operations of the Center, manage employee personal and health files, participate in the Governing Board, management and review of outside vendor contracts, and aiding in the oversight of the processes of registration.

 

The staffing of the Center is based on a teamwork concept. Employees may be cross-trained in other areas of the Center and may be expected to perform duties other than their normal ones as staffing and patient needs change.

Assistant Administrator Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for maintaining and aiding in the day-to-day operations of the Center.
  2. Aiding in general maintenance of the facility and resolving problems as they occur. Following up and ensuring routine maintenance is completed within the facility.
  3. Management and security of policies and procedures that govern employees of the Center.
  4. Work with management on implementation of quality management plan
  5. Helps in different community marketing event. Acts as liaison to the community
  6. Responsible for managing contracts of outside vendors, making sure contracts are up to date and business associate agreements are signed if needed. Conduct an annual review/audit of pricing and services provided by vendor.
  7. Serves as a member of the Medical Executive Committee, Governing Board, and other committees as necessary.
  8. Creates and maintain the minutes and information provide to the Professional Standards Committee and the Governing Board.
  9. Ensure the proper function of equipment and ordering of office supplies.
  10. Work with management on utilization review to ensure cost-conscious use of all resources.
  11. Aid management with CQI processes to ensure compliance with regulations of governing bodies and accrediting organizations by continually monitoring the facility’s service delivery and initiating changes as required, according to the quality management plan.
  12. Provides basic marketing duties and attends beneficial functions in the community, including events that are after hours.
  13. Abides by and supports established Center policies and procedures.
  14. Maintains confidentiality of patient and Center related business.
  15. Develops and maintains an effective working relationship with patients, families, visitors, medical staff members and Center employees.
  16. Organization of facility invoices and assurance of payments to vendors.
  17. Aid management in oversight of registration processes and medical records.
  18. Reconciliation of payments/batching by the registration staff.
  19. Preparing for state and federal audits as well as maintaining good standing and compliance for the facilities state and federal licensing.
  20. Auditing of facility safety program and assurance that proper safety is being maintained. Reviewing that the appropriate safety drills are being performed and documented.
  21. Overseeing of the human resources processes for the facility and maintaining employee personal and health files.
  22. Auditing of the human resource processes for the other emergency facilities.
  23. Assistant to the Administrator, aiding in all functions for all the emergency centers.
  24. Other Jobs duties.

Qualifications

  1. Bachelor Degree required and Masters preferred.
  2. Healthcare experience is a plus.
  3. Computer skills
  4. Type minimum of 45wpm
  5. Basic office skills
  6. Knowledge of medical terminology
  7. Must be alert, honest and of good character

Special Skills and Knowledge

None.

Essential Function

  1. Ability to read and write (legibly)
  2. Ability to communicate appropriately and effectively
  3. Ability to respond quickly, physically and mentally as the need arises
  4. Compliance with facility personnel policies
  5. Ability to function independently without constant supervision

Physical/Mental Requirements for Position

  1. Ability to frequently utilize full range of motion, including crouching, stooping, reaching bending and twisting
  2. Ability to constantly utilize manual dexterity
  3. Ability to see and hear
  4. Ability to understand simple written and verbal instructions
  5. Ability to solve simple problems
  6. Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks

Bloodborne Pathogen Classification

Category 3-No occupational exposure

The above material reflects the general qualifications considered necessary to describe the principle functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all the work required that may be inherent to the position.

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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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