Dr. Mitchell Honored as a Life Member for ACEP

Dr. Mitchell Honored as a Life Member for ACEP

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

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

ACEP membership

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

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

 

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

Staff Quotes

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

Excellent and knowledgeable physician – Lynn Miller

Impeccable “bedside” manner – Cody Brown

Genuinely cares for all his patients – Florence Bulawin

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

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

Life Member Recognition

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

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

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

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

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Dr. Mitchell’s Professional Journey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We’re Proud of You, Doctor Mitchell!

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

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

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

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!

Quick Survey $100 Gift Card Sweepstakes!

Quick Survey $100 Gift Card Sweepstakes!

Answer Our Quick Survey for a Chance to Win a Free $100 Gift Card!

 

At Altus, we are always searching for ways to improve our service.  For this reason, we are happy to reward one (1) randomly drawn survey submission with a Free $100 gift card on us!

$100 Bucks are Up for Grabs!

There will be one lucky winner randomly selected from all survey submissions made in on the social media pages of the participating locations: Altus Emergency Lake Jackson, Altus Emergency Waxahachie, Altus Baytown ER, and Altus Lumberton Hospital.  It’s free to participate with no purchase necessary.

At Altus, we are here for all of your emergency medical needs and would like to thank you for choosing us as your preferred ER.  It’s great to know that we can be here for you to get you well fast and back to enjoying life. We invite all of you to enter our Quick Survey $100 Gift Card Sweepstakes!

IT’S FREE! How it Works

HOW TO PARTICIPATE

It’s Easy to Participate!  The winner will be announced on Friday, February 14th, 2020.  All Sweepstakes Official Rules Apply.

Please select the location nearest to you and click on the survey link.  The survey takes less than 2 minutes to answer.

Only one submission is permitted per individual and only valid information is allowed.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is

Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Center Lake Jackson Texas

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, and 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.  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!

Happy To Be Part of the Red Oak – Waxahachie Community

Happy To Be Part of the Red Oak – Waxahachie Community

We are nearing our third anniversary here in Waxahachie. As we prepare to celebrate, we couldn’t help remembering all the good times we have shared with the lovely members of the communities we serve.

As some of you will recall, we had our ribbon-cutting ceremony back in March of 2017, and we opened our doors shortly after that.

We cannot thank you enough for the warm welcome and the great relationships we have built with the members of Red Oak and Waxahachie. We consider you all family, and we know you feel the same way about us.

When we decided to open an Altus Emergency Center here, our primary goal was to provide quality emergency care to the growing communities of Red Oak and Waxahachie.

As a company, we share the same strong family values you all do. That is why we hire local doctors, nurses, and physicians whenever possible. This way, you will always see a familiar face when you come to our ER.

Over the course of these years, we have strived to become an active participant in local health and educational events. Giving back is the least we can do to show our appreciation for the love and support you have shown us since the beginning.

The Altus Emergency Difference

We think health care services, especially those required in an emergency, should be fast, personalized, convenient, and affordable.

Because of this at Altus Emergency Centers, we do things differently.

Location

We chose a site location which is convenient not only for the residents of Wachahaxie but also to those living in the beautiful town of Red Oak.

We are just 10 minutes away from Red Oak, offering ample parking and easy access.

Emergency Care

Our services aim to provide world-class emergency care to all patients, including children. We have certified doctors and nurses working at our ER 24/7. There will never be an instance where you come in, and there won’t be a doctor available.

Quick, Convenient, Quality Service

There are no lines at our facility. We work hard to ensure every patient who comes to us for help is seen by a doctor right away.

When you visit us, you will be welcomed by friendly, caring individuals who want to provide you with the best emergency care possible.

There is no room for indifference in our ER. We understand the urgency of your situation, and we will do everything in our power to make you happy and healthy again.

 

Affordable Care

We can all agree that quality emergency medical services shouldn’t bankrupt you. That is why we took control of the billing in our facility.

We hired doctors to work directly with us, and we negotiated their doctor fees to ensure you never have to overpay for emergency care again. 

We have taken great measures to simplify our billing process. Unlike other ER’s that bill you separately for radiology and lab services, with us, you will only receive two bills.

One bill will include all the ER services you received. The other one will consist of the doctor’s fees, which, as we mentioned, are significantly lower than those charged at other facilities.

If you ever have a doubt about your medical bill, we urge you to please reach out to our friendly, expert Patient Advocate Lendall Baker.

He is here to help ensure you get the most from your insurance coverage.  Please call or email him now if you have recently received a medical bill. 

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

At Altus Emergency at Waxahachie, we are proud of the contributions we have made to improve the safety of our patients and help educate the public in health care matters.

But mostly, we are honored for the opportunity you have given us to serve you, and we look forward to many more years of growing together.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

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

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

Letters to Eddie – Christmas Wish Giveaway

Letters to Eddie Clause. Making Christmas Wishes Come True!

At Altus Emergency, our best friend Eddie Rescue, simply loves making children happy.  Not only that but he is also an old pal of Santa himself!  In order to bring an extra dose of healthy cheer, this year Eddie decided that he will help Santa spread the Christmas spirit.  It’s just like Eddie to help out!  Well, he understands that Santa has a ton of mail to go through so he requested that we create a Letters to Eddie mailbox so that he can help Santa sort out his mail and more kids happy!

We encourage you to enter the Letters to Eddie Christmas Wish Giveaway!

Eddie Wants to Hear from You!  Write Him Today to Enter!

It’s super easy to participate in the Letters to Eddie Free Christmas Wish Giveaway.  He can’t wait to read your letters and see your beautiful drawings.  You have actually three ways to enter the giveaway!

It’s free to participate with no purchase necessary.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are here for all of your emergency medical needs and would like to thank you for choosing us as your preferred ER.  It’s great to know that we can be here for you to get you well fast and back to enjoying life. We invite all of you to enter our Letters to Eddie Free Christmas Wish Giveaway.

IT’S FREE! How it Works

It’s 100% FREE to Participate in Letters to Eddie

We are giving away Christmas gifts to randomly chosen participants.  The winners will be announced on Friday, December 20th, 2019.  Please see below for terms and conditions. All Sweepstakes Official Rules Apply.

1.  IN PERSON!

  • Come on over and pay us a visit! Visit the location of your choice: Waxahachie, Lake Jackson, or  Baytown ER (now the preferred Outpatient ER of Altus Hospital accepting Medicare).
  • Printed copies of Letters to Eddie forms and Eddie’s mailbox located at the reception desk of each facility.

2.  THROUGH FACEBOOK

  • Visit the location of your choice’s Facebook page: Waxahachie, Lake Jackson, or  Baytown ER (now the preferred Outpatient ER of Altus Hospital accepting Medicare).
  • Locate the Letters to Eddie post and submit the “Letters to Eddie” form.

3.  FROM RIGHT HERE! Use the Letters to Eddie form below.

Please feel free to fill in the form below to participate in the Free Letters to Eddie Christmas Wish Giveaway.

For more information on the four prize options, please see terms and conditions below.

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!

Letters to Eddie Terms & Conditions:

  • Four Prize Options:  Bicycle, Game System, Ball (football, basketball or baseball and bat), Toys (Barbie, Hot Wheels, etc.)
  • Disclosure:  Please keep in mind that filling in the form doesn’t guarantee a gift and you will not be added to the drawing if the entire information is not filled out.
  • For Waxahachie and Lake Jackson:  One winner picked per category.
  • For Baytown: One winner total, not per category.

Free Cowboys Tickets Sweepstakes 2019

Free Cowboys Tickets Sweepstakes 2019!

Enter the Free Cowboys Tickets Sweepstakes 2019! You could be the lucky winners of 2 FREE TICKETS sponsored by Altus Emergency.

Who’s playing the Cowboys?

The game will be for Dallas Cowboys vs. Green Bay Packers Sunday, Oct. 6th 3:25 pm at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

There will be one lucky winner selected from our Waxahachie location.  It’s free to participate with no purchase necessary.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are here for all of your emergency medical needs and would like to thank you for choosing us as your preferred ER.  It’s great to know that we can be here for you to get you well fast and back to enjoying life. We invite all of you to enter our Free Cowboys Tickets Sweepstakes 2019!

IT’S FREE! How it Works

It’s 100% FREE to Participate in the Free Cowboys Tickets Sweepstakes 2019

It’s Easy to Participate!  We are giving away two (2) tickets to the Dallas Cowboys versus the Green Bay Packers game on October 6th.  The winners will be announced on Friday, October 4th.  All Sweepstakes Official Rules Apply.

1.  THROUGH FACEBOOK

  • Visit our AltusERWaxahachie Facebook account & Comment your predicted Game Score.
  • Invite a Friend along to the game! You can tag them if you believe the will be interested.
  • If you think this is a great special, we encourage that you like our page!

2.  THROUGH INSTAGRAM

3.  THROUGH TWITTER

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is

Here for You 24/7

altus emergency center waxahachie

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!

Dr. Terry Mitchell Waxahachie Medical Director

Introducing Dr. Terry Mitchell, Our Waxahachie Medical Director

We are excited and proud to announce that Dr. Terry Mitchell will be our new on-site Medical Director for the Altus Emergency Center in Waxahachie.  Another excellent addition to our Altus Physicians Group.

We were delighted to sit down with Dr. Mitchell to get to know him a little bit; here is an excerpt of our conversation.

Getting to Know Dr. Terry Mitchell

Q: Where were you born?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

I’m a Texas boy through and through. I was born in McKinney, Texas.

 

Q: What did you dream of becoming when you grew up?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

The first thing I remember wanting to be when I grew up was “on vacation.” Our family vacations were so much fun!

 

Q: Did you have a nickname growing up?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

Before college, people just called me “Mitch.” Then during my freshman year in college, while I was playing in my first of 5 intramural single tennis tournament finals, I got a new nickname.

My opponent got a little frustrated during the match and said I was like an octopus as he couldn’t seem to get a ball past me. I ended up losing that match, but the nickname stuck. Oh, and I’m proud to say I went on to win four singles, three doubles, and two mixed doubles intramural tournament finals after that one loss.

 

Q: We know you are a hard worker, but there must be times when you get to relax. Do you have any hobbies or special interests outside of work?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

When I am not working, there is a good chance that you will find me on a tennis court. My main interests include tennis, tennis, tennis, Bible study, and travel.

 

Q: What’s a fun fact about you many people may not know?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

A fun fact about me that not many people know is that I graduated from college as a schoolteacher and coach.

My first-year teaching, I taught science and coached tennis, winning district in all four events in a class A school.

 

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Q: When and how did you decide to become a doctor?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

During that school year, I was very active in a local church teaching both the high school and Men’s Sunday School.

One Sunday morning, the pastor gave a message on the parable of the Talents. He stated that he believed he was being led to help someone change careers.

He explained that the parable was about money but could also apply to your God-given talent. He asked the question: Are you using your talent in this community to the very best you can do?” My wife elbowed me in the ribs and said: “Well, Terry, are you?”

After this, I met with that pastor several times and decided to go to medical school.

 

Q: How hard was it to go back to school to pursue a different career?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

It wasn’t easy. I worked nights and weekends at a convenience store and took the courses needed to apply. I then took the MCAT and applied and looked for a teaching job near my hometown of McKinney while waiting to see if I would be accepted.

I got a call from a class A school where I had not applied, wanting to hire me as their head football coach over the phone.

 

Q: Did you get accepted into medical school right away?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

I only got one interview for medical school. I learned that it was a look at the lessor applicants to be sure they did not overlook a quality candidate.

My first interview was postponed to the end of the day as the interviewer had a surgical case that was taking longer than expected. So, I went to my second interview first. This interviewer grilled me on several questions that made me feel uncomfortable.

One of these was on how I would handle a patient who presented wanting an abortion. I stumbled over my words and felt sure that I had not left a good impression. I spent hours praying on how I could have answered his questions better.

The first interviewer, now the second, had only 1 question: “How would you handle a teen patient wanting an abortion without her parents knowing?” He said my answers were the best he has ever heard with years of asking that question. He was the head of the selection committee and informed me that I would be in the next entering class.

 

Q: Do you have a good quote to describe you or one that you relate to?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

A quote that I have used to describe myself since about 8th grade is:

“I have a lot of ability; it is called desire and hard work.”

 

Q: Fill in the blank: “I really love ____________.”

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

God, my wife Kris, my kids and grandkids, tennis, bible truths, traveling, and the rest of my family and friends.

 

Q: We can see you are a real family man; can you tell us a little about them? Also, do you have any pets?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

My wife is Kris, and we have five kids Delilah, Scotty, Janette, Joshua, and Jacey.

Delilah is married with three kids, Scotty is married with two kids, and Josh is married with one child. Jacey got married this past May and plans to have kids in about five years. Janette is engaged, but there is no date yet. We have three pets:

Zeke is our African Grey Parrot that is 18 and will outlive us both.

Lizzy is a Maltese who is now 15.

Zeus is a Great Dane we have had for about five years.

I think we have pried enough into your personal life, let’s move on to your professional life.

 

Q: Tell a little about your studies, specialties and professional experience

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

I left a Family Medicine Residency in the second year with marriage on the rocks and an ill physician father who died a little over a year later.

I assumed my father’s general practice in McKinney, which consisted of over 400 nursing home patients in 9 nursing homes. I became the Medical Director of 4 nursing homes, a 6,000-patient base, rounding daily on 30-40+ patients in the hospital, participating in general surgery, and delivering babies.

I briefly hosted a noon Friday Christian radio talk show called Temple Talk. I would either have another Christian physician on with me or would field questions. For a time, my radio show was the #1 Friday noon talk show in Dallas.

After eight years of Family Medicine, I earned with CME and experienced the title Fellow of the American Academy of Family Practice (FAAFP).

 

Q: How did you decide to get back into emergency medicine?

A: Dr. Terry Mitchell

At a TMA meeting, I came across a booth recruiting for an Emergency Medicine Physician in Sulphur Springs.

I struggled for about three months, deciding to close my Family Practice and change to Emergency Medicine.

 

Q: What has been your professional experience in the field of emergency medicine?

A: Dr. Mitchell

I was 13 years in Sulphur Springs, 11 as Medical Director of Emergency Services and a two-county EMS system.

The last eight years, the local EM Physicians owned the contract with the hospital.

Then another administrator put out bids to see if the hospital could have a lower subsidy payment to the physician group. That is when I left and became Medical Director for several hospitals from 1-4 years each. I served at Center, Nacogdoches, Paris, and Bonham, Texas.

I became an Emergency Physician too late to be allowed to sit for the boards. However, considering my leadership and Emergency Medicine experience and serving in and being president of a nine-county Regional Trauma Committee. The American College of Emergency Physicians opened the door for only one year for a Legacy pathway to Fellowship. I applied and received the title of Fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians (FACEP).

 

Q: What or who has been your most significant influence or your mentor?

A: Dr. Mitchell

My physician father, Dr. Glenn Mitchell, was the most substantial influence on my practice of medicine. After him, I would have to say it was the leader of the residency program, Dr. Harold Prussner and Dr. Presley Joe Mock with whom I precepted twice.

He told me that MD stands for

“Make a decision” and said, “don’t just stand there; do something.”

Dr. Terry Mitchell Outside Altus ER Waxahachie Building

Q: What would you say is your biggest achievement to date – personal or professional?

A: Dr. Mitchell

My most significant achievement to date is becoming and growing as a Christian. Nothing compares. Another is bringing home just under 200 tennis trophies. I still find it hard to fathom, making it through medical school. It was really hard.

 

Q: What is your mantra as a physician?

A: Dr. Mitchell

My mantra as an Emergency Physician is:

  1. To see people as Jesus sees them. Matthew 9:36 But when He (Jesus) saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. I want to see the people and have compassion for them.

  2. To be like Andrew, Peter’s brother, and find an inadequate solution for a problem and then have Jesus expand it to meet people’s needs. John 6:5-13 A multitude had followed Jesus, and the crowd needed feeding. Andrew found a boy with 5 biscuits and 2 fish, “but what are these among so many?” They gave these to Jesus who blessed the food and distributed enough to feed about 5,000 men plus women and children, and the 12 disciples each had a basket full left over. I look to Jesus to multiply the good that I do with the little I have to give, to increase my wisdom to order the needed tests and/or treatments.

  3. I want to touch the untouchable. Matthew 8:2-3. And behold, a leper (outcast due to a very contagious skin disease) came and worshiped Him, saying “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” Then Jesus put out his hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” Immediately his leprosy was cleansed. One day I read this, and my wife looked at me and said; “It is a very good work that you do.” I touch those considered untouchable.

 

Q: Let’s talk about how you came to be a part of the Altus Emergency Centers family.  How did you first hear about Altus Emergency?

A: Dr. Mitchell

I came to Altus when the Administrator at Bonham brought in a new management group, that was going to lower our pay.

I looked to see where I would go next in an Emergency Medicine newspaper add and was practicing in Altus Lumberton the month it opened. Three other Bonham physicians followed me, and 3 of the 4 of us are still together in Altus Waxahachie.

I was with Altus Lufkin and am still on staff with CHI St. Luke’s who took over the freestanding facility. I have had shifts in all the Altus Emergency Centers.

I was the first physician to work in the Waxahachie facility. I left to try my hand in occupational medicine, but now am back and will be serving as the Altus Waxahachie Medical Director.

 

Q: What is your management style? How do you like to communicate with your team?

A: Dr. Mitchell

My management style will change based on the person and the need. I like to communicate in person, by phone, and by text or e-mail.

When dealing with physician behavior, I often ask questions until I get them to say what I want to tell them. I have found this an excellent way to change physician behavior.

If I need to give negative feedback, I often use the sandwich technique with the bread being good stuff about them and the meat of the issue is the bad stuff. They then get good-bad-good. And I do not offer criticism without a solution.

 

Q: What is your bedside manner like?

A: Dr. Mitchell

I had thought about buying a home and naming it “Bedside Manor.” I worked hard to make my bedside manner better.

I have also written instructions to help other physicians from what I have learned. I show the caring and compassion that I really have and do quality education.

I spend a lot of time explaining the “why” when I see patients who are not going to get their expectations met due to best medical practices. I essentially reframe their expectations, and usually have them leave the ER saying, “thank you, doctor.”

I often sit to get my head as low or lower than theirs. I try and never talk with my hand on the doorknob. I want them all to feel I spent adequate time with them for their concerns.

 

Q: What is a typical day at Altus like?

A: Dr. Mitchell

A typical day at an Altus Freestanding Emergency Center is one of adequate time with the patient. Often being able to go in with the nurse during triage and nursing assessment and getting an earlier start with any orders needed; and an earlier discharge from the ER.

There is usually adequate stand-by time to rest, enabling 24-hour shifts. During the day, I use the stand-by time to call patients seen the day before, as we all do. I check to see how they are doing if they are having any problems with getting medications or follow up appointments. I answer any questions they have from the visit, and rarely call in additional medicine they may need.

 

Q: How would you describe the company culture here?

A: Dr. Mitchell

I have experienced the company culture to be like one of family. Everyone seems to work well together, delivering quality and speedy medical care. I still work at hospital facilities occasionally, and the lack of a sense of urgency and speed of care stands out when compared to Altus.

 

Q: What do you love most about working with Altus Emergency?

A: Dr. Mitchell

What I love most about working with Altus is both the family atmosphere and the quality and quantity time I have to spend with patients.

This is way different than hospital Emergency Medicine. There is time to build stronger relationships with both patients and the ER staff.

 

Q: What advice would you give to recent new staff?

A: Dr. Mitchell

Advice for new staff is to reset thinking to one of concierge Emergency Medicine. Door to Doc time is the #1 indicator of patient satisfaction, so get in the room as early as possible. Do this if even to tell them you know they are there and that you are involved in a complicated case and you will be with them as soon as you can.

Also, listen to the nurses. You never have to follow their suggestions, but if you do not consider them, you are making a mistake. They observe all of us in similar situations and may have seen something that works better. Always listen to them and treat them with respect. If you decide against their advice, informing them of why goes a long way to keep the family feeling. And there is time to do this at Altus.

 

Q: Do you have any cherished Quotes from management or coworkers about your excellent work?

A: Dr. Mitchell

I have a stack of notes given to me from hospital staff and patients at home about how my work is appreciated.

One nurse wrote,

“I feel like when you are here that there is nothing that can come in that you cannot handle.”

I have had comments about how calming I can be in a critical situation. One physician calling back patients seen the previous day told me, “your patients love you”.

 

We can’t thank you enough, Dr. Mitchell, for your generosity in sharing so much of your personal and professional life with us.

We are incredibly excited to see you continue doing such extraordinary work for the community of Waxahachie, and our Altus Emergency family.

You deserve the best care in an emergency.  When seconds can make a difference between life and death, it’s good to know that you can count on top notch ER physicians such as Dr. Mitchell at Altus ER Centers.

Altus ER Waxahachie Texas

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!

Meet the Waxahachie Medical Director – Dr. Greg Byrne

Meet the Waxahachie Medical Director

Introducing – Dr. Greg Byrne, the Waxahachie Board Certified Emergency Room Physician and Medical Director at Altus Emergency.

A good healthcare professional is entrusted by their patients to do restore them to health.  They have a huge responsibility and yet find the time to go above and beyond the call of duty performing selfless acts every day.  The traits of a good doctor have been defined as a combination of compassion, respect, empathy, honesty, courage, competence, commitment, optimism and creativity. In an emergency center, having a stellar Board Certified Emergency Room Physician and Medical Director is especially vital to help set the standard for the entire healthcare team.  Which is why Altus Emergency Centers is proud to have Dr. Gregory Byrne as our Waxahachie Medical Director.

“Dr. Byrne ensures our providers are delivering exceptional patient care and customer service from the time our patients walk in our doors until they are discharged. He is a great asset to have here in Altus Waxahachie.”

Obinna Ononobi, Administrator of Altus ER Waxahachie

Waxahachie ER is the newest addition to the Altus Emergency Center Family. Since its ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 27, 2017, Altus Emergency Center Waxahachie, has become an invaluable active member of Waxahachie and it’s surrounding communities.  Altus Emergency Centers prides itself on employing the most caring and experienced ER Healthcare Staff.  We invite you to get to know Dr. Gregory Byrne, our dynamic and multi-faceted board-certified ER physician and medical director.

Meet the Waxahachie Medical Director is the latest in the series of Altus ER Staff articles dedicated to the amazing people behind what is #TeamAltusER:  Work Together, Achieve More.

Studies and Formation

Dr. Byrne, the site Board Certified ER Physician and Medical Director of Altus ER Waxahachie attended Mississippi State University on a track scholarship where he received a Bachelor’s Degree.  He then attended University of Mississippi medical school and did post graduate training at Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

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Born to Cure

Dr. Byrne became the Altus Waxahachie Medical Director since right before the ribbon cutting on March 19, 2018 and has been with us every since.

AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Nine Year Board of Director Member of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians
  • Past President of the Board of Directors of the Texas College of Emergency Physicians
  • Received the Presidents Award in 1999
  • Counselor to the American College of Emergency Physicians for several years
  • Chairman of two subcommittees for the college

I was honored to receive our companys’ award for “Committment to Care”. – Dr. Byrne

The Doc in the Winner’s Circle

Get to know the Waxahachie Medical Director.

We enjoyed a lovely chat with the good doctor.  He was happy to share about his family, hobbies, and passions. The following are some highlights of our interview with Dr. Byrne.  The doctor spoke about his belief in high performance, dedication and excellence and all areas.  What a zest for life!

Q:  “Tell us a little about yourself”

A:  Dr. Byrne.

I have been practicing emergency medicine since 1978 and I have been practicing in Texas since 1981.  I’ve been married to my wonderful wife Laura since 1981 and have one son Christopher and granddaughter Abigale.

Q:  “How did you hear about Altus Emergency?”

A:  Dr. Byrne.

I first heard about Altus Emergency when our company was approached to do physician staffing.

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

A:  Dr. Byrne.

My biggest influence in my personal life has been my wife and my pastor.  The biggest influence in my professional life has been my mentor Dighton Packard who is one of the wisest men I know.

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

A:  Dr. Byrne.

What I love most about working with Altus Emergency Department is the people I work with.  I know that’s trite but they are the finest group of coworkers I could possibly imagine.

Q:  “Any Hobbies or passions?

A:  Dr. Byrne.

I have been racing cars since 1993.  I have raced as an amateur and professional at several open wheel Grandprix classes.  One of the highlights of my racing career was standing on the podium after winning the Indianapolis Motor Speedway open wheel world challenge at the ripe old age of 65 while two twenty-year-olds stood beneath me in second and third place.

Q:  “Any Quotes that You Love in Particular that You Relate to?

A:  Dr. Byrne:

“I am blessed and living the dream.” – Dr. Byrne.

Thank you, Dr. Gregory Byrne for sharing about your incredible performance both as a caring ER Doctor and in life.

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 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.

What You Need to Know About Measles

What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself from the Measles

Six cases of measles have been confirmed so far in Ellis County South of Dallas, one such case involves an individual in Waxahachie. This patient reportedly went to the movies on January 9th at the Showbiz Cinemas in Waxahachie, health officials’ advice that anyone who attended the same cinema on or around that date monitor themselves for measles symptoms until the end of the month.

The number of confirmed cases represents a significant increase compared to 2017 where only one confirmed case of measles was reported. Because of this, the Texas Department of State Health Services issued a measles outbreak advisory on Tuesday of last week.

Altus Emergency Centers joins the Texas Health and Human Services efforts to educate the community in how to recognize the signs of this serious illness that is the leading cause of death for children under the age of 5 according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

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What is Measles?

Measles is a viral infection of the respiratory system because the virus can be transmitted by infected individuals when they sneeze or cough, this type of infection is highly contagious.

How is Measles Contracted

An infected patient can release the virus into the air by sneezing or coughing, the virus can survive on surfaces for several hours, therefore even if an individual was not present when the infected patient sneezed or coughed they can still become infected by touching an infected surface.

Drinking from the same glass or sharing eating utensils with an infected patient increased the risk of contagion.

Infected individuals are contagious from 4 days before the onset of the skin rash and up to 4 days after the appearance of the rash.

Keep a Lookout for Measles Symptoms

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Symptoms of Measles

The incubation time for the virus is 14 days on average, although symptoms may manifest within 7-21 days.

Symptoms include:

  • Cough

  • Fever over 101°F

  • Red eyes

  • Sensitivity to light

  • Muscle aches

  • Runny nose

  • Sore throat

  • White spots inside the mouth

  • Widespread skin rash

The skin rash is the most easily recognizable symptom of measles, the rash is widespread and appears as red itchy bumps, it usually starts in the head and slowly spreads to other parts of the body. The skin rash usually develops within 3-5 days of having been exposed to the virus and can last for up to 7 days.

Complications, Treatment & Prevention

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Complications Associated with Measles

In all infections the risk of severe complications is always present.  The complications associated with the measles include:

  • Pneumonia

  • Encephalitis (inflammation of the brain)

  • Blindness

  • Miscarriage

  • Severe diarrhea

  • Ear infection

  • Bronchitis

  • Decrease in blood platelets

How to Treat Measles

There is no specific medication for the treatment of measles, symptoms usually disappear within two or three weeks, and doctors may prescribe the following course of treatment:

  • An over the counter pain medication usually containing acetaminophen like Tylenol, this will help relieve the patient’s fever and muscle aches.

  • Plenty of bed rest, this will help boost the immune system

  • Drink plenty of liquids, at least 6-8 glasses of water per day

  • Take a vitamin A supplement

  • Use a humidifier to help ease the patient’s cough and sore throat

Preventing Measles

Vaccination is the best way to prevent measles, the MMR vaccine is a 3 in1 vaccine that will protect children and adults from measles, mumps, and rubella or German measles.

Individuals who have not been vaccinated and come in contact with an infected patient may receive the vaccine within 72 hours to prevent infection.

The infection can also be prevented by taking a dose of immunoglobulin (blood serum containing antibodies) within 6 days of contact with an infected person.

Altus Emergency Centers Texas is Here for You 24/7

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In Texas, Altus Emergency Centers are 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 urge the population to be aware of the measles advisory and take necessary steps to avoid them.

Fun Handwashing Tips for Kids

Fun Handwashing Tips for Kids

Tricks to Show Your Kids How to Wash Their Hands Correctly

This is the final day of National Handwashing Awareness Week. For adults who don’t spend a lot of time with children, this celebration might seem a little unnecessary, but to parents who are constantly trying to get their kids to wash their hands before eating, after going to the restroom and when they come inside from playing, this is an extremely important event.

As always, we at Altus ER have some effective tricks up our sleeve to help you parents instill good hygiene habits onto your kids, handwashing can seem a boring chore for kids, but we are here to help you make it less of a chore and more of a fun activity.

Why Should You Teach Your Kids Proper Handwashing Techniques?

Proper handwashing is the best way to prevent children from becoming sick and spreading germs. Teaching your kids to wash their hands with soap and water will help prevent them from contracting the following illnesses:

  • The common cold and flu virus

  • Hepatitis A

  • Meningitis

  • Bronchiolitis

  • And many types of diarrhea

What is the proper way to wash your hands?

Are your Hands Really Clean?

A study conducted by researchers at the Michigan State University in 2013, revealed that an alarming 95% of people do not properly wash their hands.

The CDC’s guidelines for washing hands include the following steps:

  • Wet your hands with water (temperature does not matter).

  • Lather your hands with soap, make sure you apply soap to the back of your hands as well.

  • Scrub your hands for 20 seconds or more, make sure to scrub the back of your hands, wrists, in between fingers and under the fingernails.

  • Rinse with plenty of water.

  • Dry your hands thoroughly with a clean towel or air dryer.

Fun Ways to Get Your Child to Wash Their Hands

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Sing a Song

The CDC recommends you sing happy birthday twice when you are scrubbing your hands to ensure you do it for at least 20 seconds, it’s probably not the best song to have your kids sing every day as they might expect a birthday present and cake.

You can create your own song about washing hands, or you can use a popular one that is sung to the tune of “Row your Boat” it goes like this: “wash, wash, wash your hands, wash them nice and clean. Scrub the fronts and scrub the backs and scrub the in-between” You will need to sing this at least twice.

Buy Fun Soaps

Kids love to play, so why not let them play with soap? Buying fun shape soap bars or liquid soap that have their favorite characters on the label is a good way to get kids to want to wash their hands.

Get Creative

Here are some more fun and creative ideas to get your kids to want to wash their hands:

  • Mix some glitter with water in a spray bottle, spray their hands with this mixture then have them wash it off, if you have more than one kid turn it into a friendly competition to see who can get the glitter off first.

  • Teach your kids how to blow soap bubbles, have them later and scrub their hands properly and then show them how they can make a circle with their thumb and forefinger and blow bubbles.

  • Buy them a water safe toy and have them give it a proper wash.

  • Make a game where you task your kids to get rid of pesky germs by scrubbing their hands, make funny noises and in the end, say bye, bye germs.

When Should You Pay Altus Emergency Centers a Visit?

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Teaching your children to properly wash their hands is something that will safeguard them for life, however, regardless of how careful you are with their hygiene, there will be times when they will get sick, and that is when Altus Emergency Centers will be there to take care of your little ones.

Altus Emergency Centers is here for you during the worst of the flu season and the rest of year 24/7.  We hope you don’t fall victim to the flu virus this year, but if you do, and you show any of the above signs, visit your nearest Altus ER.  We will be here to nurse you and your loved ones back to health and enjoying the December holidays.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Musical – Free Tickets Raffle

How the Grinch Stole Christmas Musical

Like, Tag and Share to Win Two Free Tickets to the AT&T Performing Arts Center!

Enter the How the Grinch Stole Christmas Musical Free Tickets Raffle! You could be the lucky winners of 2 FREE TICKETS to watch the live musical version of this timeless Dr. Seuss Christmas Classic! This Free Christmas Raffle is brought to you by Altus Emergency Center Waxahachie.

What’s in it for the Winners!

Altus ER Centers, will make this a December to Remember for a lucky couple! Discover the true meaning of Chrismas from the Grinch!

He’s a mean one Mr. Grinch – but oh what a charmer!  Joyously Wicked and Funny – The New York Times.

HOW IT WORKS

SOCIAL MEDIA GIVEAWAY RAFFLE: Just Like, Tag & Share to Enter!

It’s Free to Participate in the #FreeGrinchMusicalTickets. Hurry! The Winners will be drawn on Friday, December 15th, 2017!

PARTICIPATE BY SHARING WITH YOUR FRIENDS! You can participate through all of our social media pages!

FACEBOOK: Visit our Altus Emergency Waxahachie Facebook and Like, Share Publicly & Tag 2 Friends.

TWITTER: Follow our Altus Emergency Centers Twitter page and Like, Retweet & Tag 2 Friends.

INSTAGRAM: Follow our Altus ER Waxahachie Instagram and Tag two friends in the comments. If you haven’t already, like us today!

Do you think the Grinch Will Have a Heart?

We wish everyone the best luck in your participation of our Altus Emergency Center Waxahachie Free December Raffle.  Remember to SHARE PUBLICLY as we always check to make sure that the post shows up on your page.

After all of the sharing is done, stay tuned this Friday to find out if YOUR name comes up as the winner of our How the Grinch Stole Christmas Musical – Free Tickets Raffle sponsored by Altus Emergency Center Waxahachie.

Merry Christmas from all of us at Altus Emergency Centers Waxahachie!

Altus Emergency Centers
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Rules:

  • Social Media: You must Like our Page, Share the Post Publicly & Tag Two Friends.
  • You will rack up contest entries through our social media pages.
  • The winner will be rewarded with 2 free tickets to the How the Grinch Stole Christmas Musical.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winner must present a valid photo ID and agree to have a photo taken.
  • The following are not eligible to participate in the contest: employees of the company, affiliates, or any agency working with the company, and their immediate families.
  • Altus Emergency is not liable should any Social Media site experience any issues or downtime.
  • Any disputes relating to eligibility will be determined solely by Altus Emergency.
  • Altus Emergency reserves the right to modify or discontinue this program at any time without prior notice.
  • The Raffle Draw will take place on 12-15-2017.

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