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Meet the Baytown Administration – Kristin Kappler

Meet the Baytown Administration

Introducing Kristin Kappler, the Newly Appointed Baytown Assistant Admin at Altus Emergency 

We are happy to announce that on Thursday, February 1st, 2018, Kristin Kappler became the assistant administrator of Altus ER Baytown.  Since its ribbon cutting ceremony on September 3rd, 2012, Altus Emergency Center Baytown, has become an invaluable active member of Baytown and it’s surrounding communities.  Altus Emergency Centers, which prides itself on employing the most caring and experienced ER Healthcare Staff, looks forward to seeing Kristin help maintain and build upon its tradition of top quality ER services.

It was a pleasure to work with Kristin in Lake Jackson where she began her career at Altus three years ago. So it was with great excitement that we brought her back to the Altus family as the Assistant Manager of our Baytown ER. She has great leadership skills that will add to her success in Baytown.

-Kris DeVries, Administrator of Lake Jackson

Meet the Baytown Administration is the latest in the series of Altus Staff articles dedicated to the amazing people behind what is #TeamAltusER:  Team Work Makes the Dream Work!

Studies and Formation

Kristin Kappler earned a Bachelors in Kinesiology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Bachelors in Nutrition from the University of Houston.

The newly appointed Baytown Administration point person first learned about Altus Emergency upon returning to her hometown in Lake Jackson after having graduated from college. During our interview, Kristin expressed that when she initially worked with Altus Emergency, she was also a full-time student pursuing a degree in Nutrition at the University of Houston.

After having worked with Altus Emergency, she spent some time in the non-profit world utilizing her degree in Nutrition and working for a program called Brighter Bites.  Kristin describes, “We provided fresh produce and nutrition education to families in underserved areas.”

“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to ever work harder than you” -Derek Jeter

An Athlete with a Hardworking Spirit

The new Altus ER Baytown Administration professional grew up in Lake Jackson as the oldest of four girls. An active sportsperson, Kristin played sports since the age of four years old.  Kristin’s athletic skills and determination helped earn her a Division I collegiate scholarship to the University of Texas at San Antonio where she earned her degree in Kinesiology. Upon returning to her Lake Jackson hometown, she commuted to the University of Houston to pursue a degree in Nutrition.

Awards & Accomplishments

Pre-Professional Career

  • Received a full-ride Division I softball scholarship to the University of Texas at San Antonio (2007-2011)
  • Southland Conference 3rd Team All-Conference as a 3rd baseman
  • Southland Conference All-Tournament Team
  • Winner of Provost’s Undergraduate Research Scholarship at the University of Houston. Kristin worked with Dr. Daphne Hernandez on a study with adaptive wheelchair rugby athletes.

Professional Awards

  • Altus Gives Award (2016)

The Girl from Lake Jackson, Texas

Get to know the new Baytown Administration Professional.

We enjoyed a lovely chat with Kristin while she shared about her family, hobbies, and passions. The following are some highlights of our interview with Kristin.

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

A:  Kristin:

Healthcare administration creates true leadership opportunities and the knowledge to grow in the ever-changing field of healthcare.

Q:  “What or who have been your biggest influences or your mentor?”

A:  Kristin:

My parents have and will always be my biggest influences. They raised four daughters and gave us the opportunity to pursue and accomplish whatever we chose in life. All of my accomplishments are a true testament to their unfailing support of all my endeavors.

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

A:  Kristin:

My biggest accomplishment so far has been earning a Division I collegiate scholarship. I was able to achieve this through a commitment that started from a young age and spanned into my adult life. This journey taught me everything about teamwork and using your talents as an individual to contribute to a common goal.

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

A:  Kristin:

During my time spent with this company I have come to truly appreciate the staff and their commitment to the Altus mission.

Q:  “Any Hobbies or passions?

A:  Kristin:

My hobbies include anything and everything outdoors. All sports, hiking, biking and exploring new places in Houston!

My biggest passion is flipping and renovating homes. I recently flipped a home last year and I’m in the process of renovating my 2nd. I love taking a home that is in ruins and restoring it to its former glory. It’s so special to see a transformation like that from beginning to end!

 

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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!

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

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

Kevin Herrington Harvey Testimony Texas Senate HHS Hearing

Kevin Herrington Harvey Testimony before the Texas Senate HHS Hearing

For 5 Days, Altus Emergency was the Only Healthcare Facility Open & Operational in Hardin County

Kevin Herrington, TAFEC Board member and President of Altus Emergency Centers gave a solid testimony at the Texas State Capitol on November 8th, 2017 about the importance of Freestanding Emergency Centers in Texas.  The following is a video clip from the Texas State Capitol, Senate Committee on Health and Human Services Interim Charge Hearing followed by highlights from his testimony.

A decision was made to stay open and serve the community, because of this decision, lives were saved.

VIDEO CLIP of Kevin Herrington's Testimony

Kevin Herrington’s Testimony on Freestanding Emergency Centers During Hurricane Harvey.

Altus Emergency Centers President Speaks at the Texas State Senate About Harvey’s Impact Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.

President of Altus Emergency Centers, Kevin Herrington, MBA, FACHE, spoke openly at the Texas Senate HHS Hearing making it clear that “we are fully capable of handling all types of emergencies.”

During Hurricane Harvey, Lumberton just North of Beaumont became an island.  Due to the decision of remaining open, prepared and operational, Altus Emergency Center Lumberton became the only healthcare facility in Hardin County to take 911 calls during five of the most crucially impacted days of Harvey.

We worked multiple days, 6 – 8 days straight with the supplies that we had on our hand which were for about 3 days of supplies. – KH.

Although requests were made on several occations for additonal supplies and were refused all times, “We were able to provide for ourselves the additional days of supplies through other sources.”  Today, the residents of Hardin county are grateful for the care Altus Emergency Centers delivered during Harvey.

Among the patients treated, there were life and death cases. 

The types of patients that we would see were critical patients, they were traumas, electrocutions, broken bones an oxygenated patient on a respirator. 49% of the patients were on compensated care.

During Kevin Herrington’s testimony, he stressed the importance of the lessons learned during Harvey.  The four main points that we should keep in mind for the future of Texas:

1.  We have proven that we can manage emergencies.  Altus Emergency Center Lumberton demonstrated that we are well capable of handling emergencies.

2.  Help us allow Medicaid in Freestanding Emergency Centers.  This will allow us to help save more lives during times of urgency.

3.  Help us with the code related to Texas Emergency Centers which is currently restrictive to allow for more scope of care to provide more assistance to the communities that we serve.  “For example,” expressed KH, “the only CT machine can only be used for emergency patients and not for the outpatient population.”

4.  This is a good model to follow.  If we are recognized by Medicare / Medicaid and our scope is flexible, this is a good resource for rural Texas. This will allow freestanding emergency centers to into rural communities to provide much needed high quality healthcare.

Read more about the Story of the Storm that Became One of the Most Destructive and Costliest Hurricanes in History

Thank you to the Altus Emergency Center staff, which put their own personal needs aside, and banded together to put the lives of our Texas communities first.  With all of your help we were able to keep our facilities in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie open before, during and after the storm.  Thank you Team Altus ER for always offering 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.

We are Always Open and Prepared.

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

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

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

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National Radiology Tech Week

Happy National Radiology Tech Week!

Seeing Right Through You – Honoring National Radiology Tech Week

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

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

What Does Being a Radiologic Technologist Imply?

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

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

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

 

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Radiology Techs are Crucial in an Emergency

Why are Radiology Techs Important?

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

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

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Meet the Altus Emergency Radiology Techs!

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

Thank You to All of Our Rad Techs!

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

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

Altus Emergency RT’s Are the Best!

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

 

Our Caring Emergency Trained Personnel Are Here for You

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At Altus Emergency Centers, we are proud to be a part of our Texas communities and are honored to employ talented and dedicated emergency care staff. We look forward to serving you for years to come.

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

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Hurricane Harvey Stories in Images & Video

HURRICANE HARVEY

Real Life Hurricane Harvey Stories from Inside Altus ER

Harvey Stories in Video, Photography, and Testimonies.

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

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

 

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

 

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

Powerful Images in Drone Photos

Harvey Flooding from an Aerial Perspective.

HURRICANE HARVEY’S HISTORY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

A Street Perspective of Harvey

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

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Hurricane Harvey Stories from Within Altus ER Lumberton

TESTIMONIES FROM INSIDE THE ER

Personal Stories of Loss and Survival

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

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

Hurricane Harvey as Lived by Courtney Bell

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

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

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

Courtney Bell RN

Kasey Hebert’s Heart-Wrenching Story

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

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

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

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

Kasey Hebert Registrar

A Tour de Force for Loreal Irvine

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

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

Loreal Irvine RN

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

Kamey Jolly: The Calm During the Storm

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

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

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

Kamey Jolly RN

Finding Inspiration in the Face of Devastation

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

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

Kelsi Strahan RN

THE HEROES

Heroes Arrived in Flocks to Save the Day

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

Some Arrived from the Sky

Others Arrived by Land and Water…

All Who Came, Helped and the Help Was Needed.

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Through it All, We Remain Open & Ready to Help

We are Always Open and Prepared.

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

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

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

Find an Altus ER Near You.

Waxahachie Director – Obinna Ononobi

Meet the Waxahachie Director: Obinna Ononobi, MBA, MHA

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

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

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

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

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

Studies, Career & Personal Life

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A Broad Spectrum of Knowledge & Experience

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

Internship

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

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

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Professional Background

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

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Recipient of the Forty Under 40 Award

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

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

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

MEET THE WAXAHACHIE DIRECTOR

The Family Man

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

An Interview With Obi

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

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

A: Obi

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

I like to be challenged. – Obi

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

A: Obi

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

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

A: Obi

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

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

A: Obi

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

Altus creates opportunities. – Obi

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

A: Obi

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

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

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

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

EVERYBODY LOVES OBI!

Now We Know Why Obi is the Best!

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

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

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Meet the Lufkin Administrator – Lauren Frazier

Meet the Lufkin Administrator: Lauren Frazier, MBA

Introducing Lauren Frazier, the Newly Appointed Lufkin Administrator, CHI St. Luke’s Health Memorial Emergency Center

On Monday, July 17, 2017, one of our very own Southeast Texas professionals, Lauren Frazier became the administrator of Lufkin’s Finest Emergency Center.  Lauren recently completed the rigorous Fellowship Program under the mentorship of Kevin Herrington, President of Altus Emergency Centers and Executive Vice President of Development – Healthcare Division ZT Wealth and ACHE Fellow.  

As Kevin describes, She has been part of the Lufkin project from the beginning and has lead significant marketing initiatives over the last year.”  Lauren has been a great asset, team member and mentor to her staff and peers over the years and will be even more so now as Lufkin’s new on-site administrator.

Meet the Lufkin Administrator who is dedicated to the amazing people behind the company, they are the stars that help us shine!

Studies & Formation

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A Hometown Girl with International Flair

Lauren Frazier, the Lufkin Administrator, 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.

Last summer, she did a Study Abroad MBA program in China which included projects and learning sessions in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.

The Fellowship Program

After a year in the fellowship program, Lauren is more than ready to tackle the leadership as the Lufkin administrator. The fellowship program was created for post-graduate students to thoroughly develop and begin their career as a well-rounded Healthcare Executive.  “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 announced her new role as Lufkin Administrator with great pride, 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.  

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MEET THE LUFKIN ADMINISTRATOR

Get to know this Port Arthur, Texas native.

We enjoyed a lovely chat with Lauren while she shared about her vision, purpose, family, and love of music. The following are some highlights of our interview with Lauren.  

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

A:  Lauren

“Healthcare Administration is a field where you are able to truly value each person within an organization because you know each person contributes to its success. You must be able to work with everyone from housekeeping to senior level executives. Throughout my studies and career, I have had very high-level and microscopic views of healthcare companies and organizations.”

 

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

A:  Lauren

“I know most have one mentor. However, I’ve met several who played significant roles in guiding me, largely because I always asked ‘Why’ and ‘How.’  These people were willing to do more than just simply return with a short answer. Throughout my path, I have met many mentors, who have helped shape me and my future. The individuals who have had a truly lasting impression and helped shape me as a professional are Diana Kendall, PhD; Scott Garner; Rosalind Kennerson-Baty, Ph.D.; Dr. Terri Woods; Dr. Peter Isaac; Jeff Dyson and last but certainly not least Kevin Herrington.”

My parents instilled in me at an early age that you do something right or you don’t do it at all. That has driven me all my life.

“All of these people are remarkable and have left lasting impressions.”

Q: “Who is the Lufkin Administrator at Home?”

A:  Lauren

“Born and Raised in Port Arthur, Texas I have a true appreciation for hometown and local love. By day I am a Healthcare Executive and by night I am a loving wife to a High School Band Director, Alex Frazier.” 

Affectionately known as a band wife, my path is uncommon but one I wouldn’t trade.

“We have a French bulldog named Luca.  Music is obviously big in our household. I am really creative and enjoy spending time with my family.”

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Better Ways to Clean Children’s Ears – Emergency Medical Services for Children Day 2017

ALTUS SAFETY TIPS:
Better Ways to Clean Children's Ears

We’ve All Heard About the Dangers of Cotton Swabs.  What are Better Ways to Clean Children’s Ears?

Over the years there has been a lot of debate centered around what are better ways to clean children’s ears.   In honor of Emergency Medical Services for Children Day 2017 (EMSC), we think it is vital to shed light on this subject.  Despite the amount of information available these days, most parents still do not know that a human’s ear canal is designed to be self-cleaning.

The ear canal is lined by skin that slowly moves out of the canal pushing the wax out towards the pinna or outer ear where it will become dry and flaky and eventually fall out on its own.

Having self-cleaning ear canals is great, but as every parent knows, children have an uncanny ability to get dirt and small objects into tiny orifices, so, these must be checked and cleaned regularly. If when inspecting your child, you find that they have inserted a foreign object into their ear canal, it is crucial that you do not attempt to remove it on your own, as you may cause serious damage to your child, instead head out to the nearest Altus Emergency Center to have one of our expert ER doctors and nurses safely remove the object.  Below we list five better ways to clean children’s ears.

There Are Better Ways to Clean Children's Ears

Time to Move Away from the Cotton Swab Tradition and say, “Hello” to Altus Safety Tips!

Pediatricians have been warning parents about the hazards of using cotton swabs to clean a child’s ear for some time now, which prompts the question of which are the best ways to clean children’s ears on a routine basis.  We want to keep them safe!

The following are Five Alternative Ways to clean your child’s ears:

  • #1 Wash Cloth: Since only the outer ear needs to be cleaned, the safest way to do it is with the use of a soft wash cloth. This is best done after a bath or shower as the moisture will soften the wax and any dirt that may have lodged itself in the outer ear. Be gentle and never insert your finger or other object into the ear canal.

  • #2 Mineral Oil: If you suspect your child’s ear wax has hardened or that they may have a buildup, you can use a few drops of mineral oil or olive oil. The oil should be the warmed up to skin temperature, have your child lie on their side and use a dropper to apply the oil to affected ear. After a few minutes, have your child sit up and let the oil and buildup wax drip out.

  • #3 Hydrogen Peroxide: The use of hydrogen peroxide mixed with water in small children is not advisable, it may cause dizziness and vertigo not to mention it may scare and even traumatize the child.

  • #4 Ear Drops: For school age children, the use of over the counter ear drops like Debrox can be useful, but you should consult your pediatrician before applying them.

  • #5 Candling: This method is not recommended for several reasons. First there is a risk of burn injury to the child, inserting the candle in the ear canal may cause damage to the ear drum, not to mention there is no real evidence that candling has any real effect in ear wax removal.

Keep an Eye Out for Any Signs of Danger

Know the Signs – When to Visit an ER

The Following are Three Signs of Alert

  • #1 – If you notice any blood or pus oozing from your child’s ear,

  • #2 – If they are experiencing pain or discomfort in one of both ears,

  • #3 – Or have any change in their hearing.

Hearing is one of the five senses.  The fact that a child’s ears are fragile and are in development must be taken seriously.  You can prevent permanent damage.  If they experience any of the three symptoms listed above, visit the nearest Altus Emergency Center for a thorough evaluation and treatment.

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

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

Thank You Marian Skinner – RN & Director of Quality Assurance Retires

THANK YOU MARIAN!

After an Amazing Ten Years at Altus Emergency Centers, Marian Skinner, genuine Pillar of the ER Industry is Retiring.

Marian Skinner, a RN responsible for Quality & Risk Management at Altus Emergency Centers has retired after ten glorious years of exemplary service.  In honor of Marian’s Retirement, We’d like to extend a Warm and Heartfelt “Thank You Marian!” from all of us at Altus Emergency Centers.  You have made us better professional and better people.  We will miss you dearly and treasure the memories of the times we shared. We laughed, cried, argued, prayed, forgave and above all, learned from you.  You are and will always be an example of the best of the ER industry and as an amazing human being as a whole.  Thank you Marian for being YOU!

 

WE HAD A BLAST!

Marian’s Retirement Altus ER Celebration

We all had a great time saying farewell, to a great professional, coworker, mentor and friend, Marian Skinner.  The event was a mixture of fun and nostalgia.  The Altus ER Staff enjoyed food, fun, laughter and tears during Marian’s Retirement Celebration.  The highlight of the event was the Marian Retirement Video in which all had the honor of sharing a personal farewell and best wishes to Marian on her retirement.  Thank you Marian!  We’ll miss you!

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HEARTFELT THANK YOU QUOTES

Messages to Marian

Marian Skinner caused a lasting impression on the Altus Emergency Staff.  The video speaks of itself.  The following are excerpts on Staff Quotes taken from the “Thank You Marian Video”:

Garrett Syphrett

“You are my Catholic mother…keeping me on the straight and narrow path. Everything I’ve needed and I you’ve ever needed, we’ve worked well together.”

Nick Duplan

“Marian, I hope you enjoy your time and I love you a lot.”

Richelle Blackburn

“We’re going to miss you like crazy. You’ve been my greatest friend, my strongest ally, my biggest supporter. You’re always there to encourage me, to lead me in the right direction…answered to all my questions… I’m still going to have to call you for those pow wow sessions…”

Kevin Garner

“Marian, you’re not allowed to retire… Thank you very much for all of the guidance, mothering and emotional support…”

Lorrie Soffes

“You know how I feel. You are my best friend, I love you.”

Lauren Frazier

“You will truly be missed… Very kind, warm and supportive. You definitely made sure that I understood that you appreciated what I was doing and encouraged me. Small tidbits and words of wisdom…I thank you for them. Straight shooter and honest personality.”

Kim Bowling

“You’ve made a lasting impression on me… A scripture verse that stuck with me, Let nothing be done through strength and glory. Love you!”

Lisa Huebele

“…The best thing that I liked about you is that you were always cheerful. You always had a smile on your face and just so positive about everything…”

Kelly Curtis

“We are going to miss your sweet smile…”

Mary Royal

“From 2007 until today, Marian, you’ve been an amazing voice of encouragement to me. You’ve prayed for me and my family… You were the angel that shadowed over me… You would always smile, you would always say something nice…”

Bradley Jackson

“I owe my career in healthcare to you.  I am grateful for you and your leadership and kindness…”

Reagan Gillespie

“You’re an awesome woman… Thank you for being you… Thank you for being a Proverbs 35 woman during these last nine years. Thank you for strengthening all of us in helping us get through each day…being a shoulder to cry on and ears to listen…”

Kris Jenkins

“It has been a pleasure and honor to work with you for these nine years… I’m really going to miss your leadership, your guidance and your expertise and your support…most of all your love and support… You kept us out of trouble… You’re family to me…”

Kevin Herrington

“Thanks for all the years of support that you’ve given me… I appreciate everything you’ve done for me. You were here when it started, you where here throughout all of the difficult times. Thank you for everything in my personal life that you’ve helped me with…  You’ve been the buffer…”

Christia Malonga

“Thank you for everything that you’ve done for the company and for being such great help when we had our new point orientation in Waxahachie…”

Obi Ononobi

“Thank you all that you’ve done for me. The past four years that I’ve been at Altus you’ve been a big support for me… You’re still family…”

Sandy Page

“Thank for all of your help being a great resource…”

Gay-Lynn Jones

“I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the years working together…”

Amir Bashiri

“Thank you for everything you taught me, I gained a lot of knowledge working with you.  I’ve always considered you a friend and a mentor…”

Nathan Willis

“I’ll always remember the laughs and jokes that we had to share. You’ve always taught me to be honest and straight up and just encouraged me in everything I do and that’s the reason why I’m always prepared and ready…”

Melissa Williamson

“In the past three plus years, I’ve learned more from you than anyone in my entire nursing career. You’re the most amazing woman I’ve ever met. You always had everyone’s best interest at heart and you truly want everyone to succeed. Altus is truly missing the most valued employee they have ever had…  I love you from the bottom of my heart.”

Lisa Lawler

“You have been a blessing to work with and I thank you for your guidance and your encouragement that you’ve shown me directly.  You’ve helped me and so many other coworkers…”

Kris DeVries

“…You have made me be a better manager and for that I thank you… You’ve made us all better, better at our jobs and better people…”

Justin Smith

“I appreciate you and very thankful to work with you for the last, probably going on ten years now. You’ve helped me a lot in my professional career…you always had the right things to say at the right time and always were an encouragement to me…”

Dane Anne Davis

“Thank you for all that you’ve done for me and for all that you’ve taught me… You’ve become a sister that I have never had.”

Thank You!  From All of Us at
Altus Emergency Centers!

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

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

Altus Lumberton ER Team Joins Volunteers Assisting Texas Flood Victims

Altus ER Team Joins Relief Efforts for Texas Flood Victims

Altus Lumberton ER Team Joins Volunteers Assisting Texas Flood Victims – Giving Back to the Community!

DEWEYVILLE, TX (March 30, 2016) — A team from Altus Emergency Center Lumberton spent the day with Samaritan’s Purse as they assisted flood victims in Deweyville.

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Pictured (left to right, clockwise): Ashley Stevens, LVN; Tracie Lutz, RN; Katie Fortenberry, Credentialing Assistant; Monique Batson, eMarketing Communications Specialist; Richelle Blackburn, Regional Director of Administrative Services; Bradley Jackson, Administrative Assistant; Kevin Garner, ER Administrator; Obinna Ononobi, Project Director; Mary Royal,
Billing; Melissa Thompson, RN; and Lauren Schopper, Registrar.
The twelve staff members worked to gut the home of Larry and Joyce, who had lived in their house for 51 years before it took in more than three feet of water earlier this month. They are just one of more than 200 homes that will need the organization’s assistance in the coming days. While they have had several people and groups volunteer to work with them, they are in need of many more.  An estimated 2,000 homes were damaged or destroyed in Orange and Newton counties earlier this month by historic flooding that resulted in a federal disaster
declaration for three counties. Areas like Deweyville sustained roof-high water to schools and homes in the worst Sabine River flood since the late 1880s.
Should you want to volunteer as an individual, family, or group (participants must be at least 14 years old), please call (409) 238-4926.

Updated Story:  Photos of Altus Lumberton ER Team Joins Volunteers Assisting Texas Flood Victims

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