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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.


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.


  • 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

Altus ER. We-Have-Dedicated-Specialists

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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


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


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


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


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


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?


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.


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.

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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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  • 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.

Traffic Safety Awareness

Traffic Safety Awareness - Respect and Share the Road

Traffic safety: It’s the difference between life and death.

One of the biggest problems society faces today is coexisting, this problem goes beyond the work place, or family life, it also extends to our roads. Most injuries resulting from car accidents were completely preventable using proper traffic safety. Let’s learn to respect and share the road!
According to the World Health Organization

“About 1.25 million people die each year as a result of road traffic crashes. Road traffic injuries are the leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 29 years.”


Learning to share the road with cyclists, pedestrians, and other car drivers, is the first step in making our commutes safer and more enjoyable. Traffic safety is not a choice, it saves lives and it’s the law.

With the roads full of parents and children on their way to and from school, it’s particularly important to pay special attention to traffic safety. Altus Emergency Centers urges you to respect traffic signals and speed limits. We are all responsible for making our roads safer, with a little common sense a little courtesy and following the rules, we can all do our part in preventing accidents, whether you are driving a car or motorcycle, are out bicycling, walking, or running be aware of your surroundings and respect your fellow travelers.



Traffic Safety Tips for Pedestrians

  • Never Assume a Driver Has Seen You:  Be aware of cars turning into or getting out of driveways, or parking spaces. Stop, and make sure the driver has seen you before continuing. Also, when you are crossing a street or intersection, make eye contact with the drivers to be sure they have seen you.

  • Use the Sidewalks:  Sidewalks are roads for pedestrians, use them, they are there for your safety. If there are no sidewalks available, always walk facing traffic, and take extra precautions when walking around curves in the road, as visibility for motorist is limited and they may not see you.

  • Use Crosswalks:  If you need to cross a street or intersection, look for a crosswalk, if there none, keep in mind that as a pedestrian, you must yield to all other traffic when crossing, make sure you are crossing in a well-lit area with good visibility.

  • Be Alert:  These days it’s easy for us to become distracted by our mobile devices; these distractions are responsible many accidents. Keep your eyes on the road as you walk or run, if you are listening to music, make sure the volume allows you to still hear what is going on around you.

  • Make Yourself Visible:  This is especially important at night; if you plan to go for a walk, jog, or a run, at night make sure you wear light colored, reflective clothing.


Traffic Safety Tips for Drivers

  • End Distracted Driving.  According to the CDC 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 injured in distracted driving caused crashes. Distracted driving is when the conductor becomes distracted from driving. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, 1 in 5 vehicle accidents is caused by driver distraction. Distractions can be: tending to children, eating, searching for something within the car, arguing, talking on the phone and texting. Fortunately, as of September 1st, 2017, texting and driving in Texas illegal.

  • Obey Speed Limits: We understand the need to be on time, and we even understand the thrill of fast driving, but speed limits are in place to safeguard all who travel on that road. Did you know that a pedestrian hit by a car going 40 mph has an 85% chance of being killed, while the risk at 20 mph is only 5%?

  • Expect and look for Pedestrians, Runners, Cyclists, and Motorcycles: Some roads prohibit pedestrians and cyclist but there is still a chance you will encounter one. Drive with the mindset that there might be others on the road, look out for them and respect their space.

  • Respect All Traffic Signals: Come to a complete stop when you encounter a stop sign or red light. Signal your turns and look both ways when changing lanes.

  • Respect Cyclists:  Cyclists cannot ride on sidewalks, they must do so on the road, this means they have the same responsibilities and rights as motorcar drivers. When passing a cyclist always give them at least 3 feet for safety, never honk as you approach them, as this may startle them and cause an accident. Before you open your door make sure there are no cyclists coming that can crash against your door.

  • Never Drive Under the Influence or When Overly Tired: Impaired driving is the leading cause of traffic accidents, if you have been drinking alcohol, have taken any drugs, prescription or otherwise, that can impair your driving, or are exhausted for any reason, do everyone a favor, and call a cab or opt for public transportation.

  • Be a Defensive Driver.  Remember that many drivers DO NOT practice proper traffic safety.  By staying alert to other drivers, you may avoid an accident.  Do not fall into road rage, this can only aggravate the problem.

  • Be Aware of Weather Dangers.  Make sure that your vehicle is rain-ready.  Keep in mind that during a rainstorm you could stand to lose two-thirds of your traction.  With this in mind, please driver slower, two-thirds slower could be a good rule to follow.   Appy the three-second rule during moments of poor visibility to allow yourself a safe stopping distance.


Traffic Safety Tips for Cyclists

  • Follow the Rules of the Road:  As we mentioned before, cyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as other drivers. So, respect traffic signals, come to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights; keep as far right in your lane as you deem safe but avoid riding on the extreme right edge of the road.

  • Be Visible:  Wear bright colored clothes during the day, reflective gear at night, and always ride with lights at night.

  • Be Predictable:  Ride in a straight, predictable manner, avoid unnecessary swerving and sudden stops. Look ahead to spot drains, potholes, or debris on the road, this will give you time to go around them safely.

  • Signal Your Turns:  Use proper hand signals ahead of time to alert other drivers where you are going. Look, signal and look back again when you turn or change lanes.

  • Wear a Helmet:  Helmets only work if worn correctly, make sure your helmet is level and not tilted up, down or to the side. The chin strap should be snug and properly buckled.



Turning Your Back on Traffic Safety: The Possible Consequences

A vehicle is not only a means of transportation; it can also be a dangerous weapon. The following are the most common types of traffic injuries:


  • Head Injuries:  These can range from contusions, brain lacerations to hemorrhage. As the brain injury is the #1 cause for mortality in accidents, a CT Scan is recommended to get a real assessment of the degree of injury.

  • Spinal Cord Injuries:  These can range from mild to severe cases that may result in disability.

  • Neck Injuries ranging from mild to severe

  • Chest and Airway Injuries

  • Lower Back Injuries

  • Abdominal and Pelvic Injuries

  • Spinal Prolapsed, Slipped or Herniated Discs

  • Shoulder and Arm Injuries

  • Seatbelt Injuries, which can include damage to the shoulder, stomach, chest, ribs, neck, hips.

  • Bone Fractures of all Types

  • Damage to the Heart and Heart Attacks.

What Can Happen in an Accident?

Each time that you’re behind the wheel, you put your life and others’ in your own hands. In order to drive home the urgency of traffic safety, the following is a detailed account of the most common traffic injuries per accident:

  • Frontal Collisions: On frontal collisions fracture/dislocation of the ankles, knee or hip dislocations and femoral fractures. Depending on the severity, head, cervical and spine injuries are common as well.

  • Lateral Collisions:  Compressive pelvic injuries, pulmonary contusion, intra-abdominal solid organ injury and diaphragmatic rupture are common.

  • Rear Collisions:  Cervical spinal injuries are common.

  • Cyclists & Motorcyclists:  Head injuries and fractures of the lower extremities.

  • Pedestrians: Depending on the type of impact bumper, windscreen or ground, the following may occur: lower limb injuries, which can include everything ranging from gashes to fractures, torso, head and spinal injuries.

Source: WorldWideWounds

Let us make a pledge to learn to coexist on our roads, respecting traffic safety laws and our fellow travelers.

Spread the Knowledge to Help Save Lives


Don’t Put Anyone at Risk! Practice Good Traffic Safety.

A traffic accident can range from minor to major injuries.  In many cases, the risk of a more serious injury to the brain or internal organs cannot be determined without having the correct medical equipment that will not be available at urgent care centers or clinics.  This is not the time to wait in line for hours or drive long distances to receive ER care.  Give yourself the best possibility to get well.  If you or someone you know are in a traffic accident visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center immediately.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency.

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State Fair of Texas Free Tickets Giveaway

State Fair of Texas Free Tickets Giveaway
Two Lucky Winning Families!

Like, Tag and Share to Win Free Tickets to the Texas State Fair!

Enter the Texas State Fair Free Tickets Giveaway! You could be one of the two lucky winners of a FOUR PACK to see Big Tex sponsored by Altus Emergency Waxahachie.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we believe in good old healthy fun. This October, we would like to reward two lucky families with a trip for four (4) each to enjoy all of the thrills and fun of the State Faire of Texas in Dallas.

What’s Up for Grabs!

This October the State Fair of Texas Free Tickets Giveaway allows for two (2) sets of winners with a four (4) pack in each set. This means that each of the TWO WINNERS get:

  • 4 General Admission Tickets

  • $50 in Food and Ride Coupons


HOW TO ENTER the Texas State Fair Free Tickets Giveaway

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Which Rides Would You Go On if You Won? Enter our State Fair of Texas Free Tickets Giveaway Today!

Stay Tuned to find out if YOUR name comes up as one of the winners of our State Fair of Texas Free Tickets Giveaway sponsored by Altus Emergency Waxahachie!

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  • Social Media: You must Like our Page, Share the Post Publicly & Tag Three Friends.
  • Email: You must supply a valid email address to receive your Raffle link.
  • You will rack up contest entries by sharing your link by email and/or social media pages, liking our social media pages and the unique clicks on your link. People who like, share and tag us publicly on social media posts will also be entered.
  • The winners will be rewarded with 4 free tickets to the Texas State Fair 2017.
  • In order to receive your prize, the winners 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 the application or 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 9-29-2017.

Exploring Waxahachie Texas

Exploring Waxahachie Texas

Exploring Waxahachie, Where Fun and History Intertwine

The county seat of Ellis County is happening place filled with eclectic charm.  Less than an hour South of Dallas lies the historical town of Waxahachie.  Whether you’re simply thinking of exploring Waxahachie or are considering moving there, prepare yourself to get to know the Gingerbread Bread City.

Waxahachie is a town full of history and fun activities for the whole family, well worth exploring any time of the year.

Here are just some of the many interesting facts to help pique your curiosity! Get to know the home of the newest Altus Emergency Center through Exploring Waxahachie!


What's in a Name?


 As we set off exploring Waxahachie, the first thing that people will notice is its unusual name.  There has been a lot of mystery surrounding the name of the town, the most popular theory is that it has its origins with the Alabama Coushatta people who migrated to the area in 1850, at roughly the same time the town was founded.


If this is the case and it is a native Alabama language term, then Waxahachie means “calf’s tail”; the Alabama word “waaka” is an adaptation of the Spanish word vaca which means cow. Source: en.wikipedia.org This just goes to show that it’s a small world after all.


As we drive up to our destination exploring Waxahachie, we will be greeted by a happy sign, ‘Welcome to Waxahachie, the Gingerbread City”. As in many towns in Texas, Waxahachie has its own nicknames.  Locals will commonly refer to it as “Hachie” for short.  Other common names are Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas and in its past history, the Cotton Capital of Texas.

Eccentric Neighbors


One of the town’s landmarks is the Munster Mansion, an almost exact replica of the 1960’s TV show’s home of the Munster Family.

Charles and Sandra McKee, watched all 70 episodes of the show to come up with the floor plan to their unusual home.  The Waxahachie owners are such great fans of the classic show that they even included all of the props of the original home such as the coffin shaped phone booth, the electric chair, the stairwell, the kitchen with the bubbling brew and even the smallest details like the cobwebs and the cracks on the wall. If you are wondering if they keep Spot, their pet dragon under the stairs, the answer is… Yes!

If you would like to go exploring Waxahachie from an eccentrically spooky perspective, the Munsters Mansion is open to the public on Halloween each year, when the owners host a charity event.

Scarborough Renaissance Festival®


Who doesn’t enjoy a little renaissance entertainment? The renaissance fair themed village features full combat armored jousts, birds of prey exhibitions, a mermaid lagoon and lots of good old-fashioned Henry the VIII style entertainment.

The Scarborough Renaissance Festival® has been held each year to the delight of history lovers since 1981 during April and May and through Memorial Day. There is a myriad of activities to enjoy at this eight-week long festival where you can proudly display your sword fighting skills or enjoy live entertainment.  People get to enjoy a taste of history, feasting like kings; or for the connoisseurs, there are wine and beer tasting events.  As for the shopaholics, there are more than 200 shops to visit.  This is only a small glimpse into the fun that’s in store for you on your visit to Waxahachie!

Historic Architecture


From its beginnings, Waxahachie has been an economically thriving town that was left relatively unaffected by the Civil War. Source: tshaonline.org  Today, the prosperity of those times survives in the architecture that remains; majestic Victorian-style houses and buildings meticulously restored dating back before 1900.  Thanks to these architectural treasures, the city of Waxahachie received its top nickname, “Gingerbread City”.

Waxahachie’s architectural legacy is so vast, it accounts for 20% of all the buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places in Texas. One of the most beautiful and famous historic buildings is the Historic Ellis County Courthouse.

During the month of June, Waxahachie holds the Gingerbread Trail Tour, in which participants visit private historic homes as well as historically recognized buildings including the Ellis County Courthouse, the Sims Library, and other museums.  Other activities include tea time for children, expositions, live music, food and much more with all proceeds benefitting the Ellis County Museum.

Parks, Museums, and Recreation


The city offers it residents and visitors a rich array of places to enjoy weekends and holidays for all ages and tastes. The following are just a few of the highlights:

  • There are several parks, including the Getzendaner Memorial Park, where healthy fun outdoor activities may be enjoyed such as picnicing, playing sports and hiking.

  • For the history buff, the Ellis County Museum is the perfect place to learn about the colorful past of this beautiful town.

  • Hearing the gospel has never been as fun as this!  Enjoy a unique spriritual experience at the biggest cowboy church in the world.  Historically big on spirituality, before the civil war, Waxahachie already had four churches in existence. Visitors can enjoy a casual, friendly and lively church experience at the non denominational Cowboy Church of Ellis County where jeans are the norm, baptisms are done in a horse trough and on site rodeos follow the worship service.

  • Lots of family fun awaits at the Madd Dogz Paintball Park or at the local bowling alley, Hill-Top Lanes where kids play free all summer through the month of October.  Where did I leave my bowling shoes?

What would you like to do on your visit to Waxahachie, Texas?  Please feel free to comment below!

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency

Access to High-Quality ER Attention, With No Lines!

Since it’s ribbon cutting ceremony held on March 27, 2017, Altus Emergency Waxahachie has provided an Emergency Medical Care solution OPEN 24 HRS with No Lines.  Located Next to TaMolly’s on 1791 N. Highway 77 Waxahachie, Texas 75165, Altus Emergency truly improves quality of life in Waxahachie.

The residents and visitors of Waxahachie will no longer have to spend hours waiting to receive quality on site ER care performed by emergency trained physicians.  We provide Freestanding Emergency Center solutions for Adults & Children including:

  • Trauma & Injury Care,

  • Cardiology,

  • High-Tech Imaging

  • and a Full Diagnostic Lab On-Site.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are proud to be a part of such a historic and family oriented town and are honored to employ talented and dedicated emergency care staff. We thank you for your warm welcome and look forward to serving the community 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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Midlothian Mayor’s Back to School Bash

The Midlothian Community Comes Together During the Mayor's Back to School Bash

Over Ten Years of the Mayor’s Back to School Bash

On Saturday, August 12, 2017, hundreds of Midtholian parents and students took home fun and lively memories from the Mayor’s Back to School Bash. This free family event sponsored by the local community outreach Manna House together with the United Way of Ellis County, Midlothian ISD, the First Church and the City of Midlothian has become a much-anticipated celebration, a prelude of the beginning of the new school year.  This year, the Mayor’s Back to School Bash, held at the Frank Seale Middle School was filled with a rich variety of exciting activities such as a live DJ, carnival games, water slides, snow cones, a candy cannon, zip lining, bounce houses and face painting, vendors and a huge hot dog cookout.

The highlight of the event is to witness Midlothian Mayor Bill Houston get soaked in the dunking booth all in good fun.


Altus Emergency Waxahachie Joins in the Fun at the Mayor's Back to School Bash

Midlothian Families Now Have an Option that Doesn’t Involve Waiting in Line.

Eddie Rescue made a special appearence at the Mayor’s Back to School Bash spreading cheer, smiles and warm bear hugs. This year, Altus Emergency Waxahachie joined the Midlothian community festivities by highlighting the importance of health, safety and making parents aware that in the event of an emergency, they have the option of getting high quality ER care without having to drive long distances or wait in line.  We understand that nothing can be more important to a parent than to give their child immediate attention during a medical emergency.  Altus Emergency Waxahachie follows in the Altus Emergency Center tradition of community outreach, awareness and providing premium ER care without lines.

Altus Emergency and Friends

At Altus Emergency Centers, we believe in partnering with our local communities to help build a more positive future for all.  It is a pleasure to partake in activites that influence and build up in a positive manner.  As you can see from the photo highlights, we made many new friends and enjoyed a genuinely lovely time. 

Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones.

Have a Safe and Fun Back to School

Waxahachie ER is the newest addition to the Altus Emergency Center Family. Having celebrated it’s ribbon cutting ceremony on March 27, 2017, this High Quality 24/7 Freestanding Emergency Center went operational on April 4th, 2017. The Waxahachie ER provides innovative, high-quality care to residents of Waxahachie and the surrounding areas.

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you when it’s more than urgent.

Altus Emergency Centers
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Operation First Day of School 2017 a Success!

Operation First Day of School 2017 - Giving Kids a Great Start

Helping Children Begin School With Dignity

The first day of school should be an exciting time but for some, it also means dealing with the anxieties of coming from an underpriveldged home.  Although it’s normal for children to confront the challenges of homework, socializing and fitting in, it becomes more difficult without having the basic school essentials.  Operation First Day of School was created to fill this void so that all students can begin school with confidence, smiles and dignity.



Altus Emergency Waxahachie Participates in Operation First Day of School

The Waxahachie Community Comes Together to Help 1,500 WISD Students

This year, Altus Emergency Waxahachie had the opportunity to join 30 other community volunteers including businesses and churches together with the Waxahachie ISD in the Operation First Day of School 2017 Event.  The much anticipated event was held this past Saturday, August 5th at the Clift Elementary School.  During this year’s event, 1500 needy children benefited from the Operation First Day of School receiving free school supplies, free back packs and even free haircuts sponsored by Altus Emergency Waxahachie.

Picture Perfect Times at the Operation First Day of School!

Happy Smiles Stay it Best!

It was a delight to help 1500 WISD students at the Operation Back to School 2017, some of them opting to take advantage of the free hair cuts sponsored by Altus Emergency Center Waxahachie will even arrive in style. 

The haircuts were a huge hit and we are thankful that Salon 5150 partnered with us to make this event a huge success. As always, Eddie Rescue, loved by everyone,  left a happy memorable impression with smiles and bear hugs all around. 

We wish all children and parents a happy, safe, healthy and successful school year!

If you are ever in need of ER Care: We're Open 24/7. No Lines.

We’re Here 24/7 for You and Your Family

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are honored to be a part of the lovely Waxahachie Community.  We believe that investing in the youngest members of society is essential. Together, we can build a happier, healthier, successful future!

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education, health and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you when it’s more than urgent.

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

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Park and Recreation Safety Tips

Texas Parks to Visit and Safety Tips to Enjoy

Let’s Learn About Park and Recreation Safety

In celebration of National Parks and Recreation Month, Altus Emergency Centers is challenging the community to improve their quality of life by going out and enjoying one of the many parks around their city. The best way to plan out a great time outdoors is to first learn about park and recreation safety.

Spending time outdoors promotes a healthy vibrant community life, whether it’s summer camp, a sports league, exploring a trail, playing chess in the park, or organizing play dates for the kids; parks are the perfect gathering place.

To ensure you experience a safe outing, we have prepared a handy list of Park and Recreation Safety Tips to keep in mind!

National Parks & Recreation Month: Keeping it Safe and Fun


Playground Safety Tips.

The most common summer activity is a trip to the playground.  The following park and recreation safety tips are important to keep in mind during your visit the the playground:

  • Wear Proper Shoes: Make sure your kids footwear is adequate to play and run, never let your child play barefoot at the park as they may be bitten by insects, step on a thorn or small rock or burn their feet on hot surfaces.

  • Watch Out for Hot Surfaces: During summer, slides, swings, monkey bars, merry-go-rounds and even picnic tables may become overheated by the sun, so, always check the surface temperature.

  • Stranger Danger: Teach your children not to speak or follow adult strangers, and to immediately run towards you or someone they know to report the incident. While not everyone has bad intentions, it is best for kids not to engage in conversation with adults they do not know.


Hiking Safety Tips

Hiking is an excellent acivity for all ages.  You may choose the pace and distance that you wish to hike and enjoy the scenery during your voyage. The following park and recreation safety tips are important to keep in mind when planning on your next hiking quest:

  • Tell People: Always inform friends and family the route you’ll be taking and how long you expect to be gone; if possible always travel with a companion.

  • Carry ID: Make sure to carry some sort of ID that includes your name, phone number, address, pertinent medical information, and emergency contact information.

  • Carry a Whistle: This will help scare wild animals or signal for help should you be injured.

  • Plan Your Route: Become familiarized with a trail before you head out, do not venture into unknown hiking trails by yourself.


Camping Safety Tips

If you’re a woodsy person at heart, camping is wonderful to replenish the mind and spirit.  It is particulary important to heed the park and recreation safety tips while on your home in the wilderness away from home.

  • Stay Away from Wildlife: Clearly one of the joys of camping is to commune with nature, but, it is better to enjoy the wildlife from afar. If you do come face to face with a wild animal, regardless of if it’s a bear or a squirrel do your best not to disturb them, this will keep you out of trouble and possibly a visit to one of our centers.

  • Respect the Fire Rules of the Park: Most parks that offer camping sites have clear rules when it comes to camp fires, make sure you find out what they are and that you respect them. Unattended or poorly managed campfires have been known to start wildfires that can destroy thousands of acres, kill wildlife, and endanger human population as well.

  • Store Food Carefully: Again, check the food regulations with park officials before you set out on your camping trip. Food should be properly stored for several reasons, preventing food poisoning while camping and, avoiding a close encounter with dangerous animals.


General Park Safety Tips

No matter which outdoor activity is your cup of tea, the following are universal park and recreation safety tips to always take into consideration:

  • Wear Sunscreen: We cannot stress the importance of sunscreen enough, make sure to reapply every couple of hours to avoid getting sunburned.

  • Stay Hydrated: Carry a water bottle, and, if you plan to go for a hike, make sure to take snacks along with you.

  • Check for Ticks: Lyme Disease is a serious illness, it can be easily treated when diagnosed early, but, if left untreated, it can linger for years and cause serious side effects. After a day at the park, make sure you check yourself and your family for ticks.

  • Watch Out for Poisonous Plants: Learn to identify the different poisonous plants that grow in these parts, poison ivy and poison sumac can both cause nasty rashes just by touching them, but poison hemlock can actually kill you. If you come in contact with any of these plants head to the nearest Altus Emergency Center for treatment, if possible take a picture of the plant so we can identify it and administer the proper treatment.

Texas Parks to Visit

We are blessed with so many wonderful parks in our beautiful state of Texas! The following are just some of the many great options to consider for this weekend.  There are so many, you can plan to visit a new park every weekend!  Have a lovely time and share your photos on our social media pages!

Baytown, Texas Parks

The following are just a few of the many beautiful parks in Baytown, Texas:

  • Jenkins Park

  • Goose Creek Park

  • Allenbrook Park

  • Baytown Nature Center

  • Blue Heron Park

  • Roseland Park

  • Hollaway JC Park

  • WC Britton Park

  • Wayne Gray Sports Complex

  • McElroy Park

  • Eddie Huron Park

  • Bicentennial Park

  • Bayland Park

  • Edna Mae Washington Park

  • Brownwood Park

  • Unidad Park

  • W.C. Britton Park


Lake Jackson, Texas Parks

The following are just a few of the many colorful parks in Lake Jackson, Texas:

  • Brazos Oaks

  • Brazoswood Key Club

  • Brazoria Natural Wildlife Refuge

  • Captain R.R. Terry Park

  • Dunbar Park

  • Fireman’s Park

  • Garland Park

  • Jasmine Park

  • James F. Crews Park

  • MacLean Park

  • Morrison Park and Shy Pond

  • Shadowglen Park

  • Wilderness Park


Lufkin, Texas Parks

The following are just a few of the many breathtaking parks in the area of Lufkin, Texas:

  • Azalea Trail

  • Angelina National Forest

  • Davy Crockett National Forest

  • Chambers Park

  • Kiwanis Park

  • Grace Dunne Richardson Park

  • Jones Park

  • Wetlands Garden Park

  • Herty Park

  • Winston

  • Mantooth Park

  • Louis Bronaugh Park


Lumberton, Texas Parks

The following are just a few of the many vibrant parks in Lumberton, Texas:

  • Village Creek State Park

  • Big Thicket RV Park

  • Thompson Lake Park

  • Red Cloud RV Park

  • State Park Fishing Spot


Waxahachie, Texas Parks

The following are just a few of the many fun-filled parks in Waxahachie, Texas:

  • Getzendaner Park

  • Chapman Park

  • George Brown Plaza

  • Lions Park

  • Brown Singleton Park

  • Brown Chiles Park

  • Richards Park

  • Lee Penn Park

  • Belle-Vue Park

  • Wags-a-Hachie Dog Park

  • Waxahachie Sports Complex

  • Waxahachie Lake Pavillion

  • A&F Thompson Memorial Park

  • Waxahachie Creek Hike & Bike Trail


Take Care of Yourself and Your Loved Ones.

Have a Safe and Fun National Parks and Recreation Month!

At Altus Emergency Centers we encourage you to get outdoors to enjoy a safe, fun and healthy time with the family.  Enjoy!

At Altus Emergency Centers, we are strong advocates of education and prevention. Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you when it’s more than urgent.

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Freestanding ERs. Saving Lives 24/7. No Lines.

Find an Altus ER Near You.


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