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Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022

At Altus Emergency we are delighted to announce the Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022! Back in February 2022, we launched our Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for each of our four locations.  This initiative was done through the Altus Gives program, which was established to help give back to our local businesses and individuals. 

Each location held an Altus Gives Scholarship awards program awarding a total of $2000 in scholarships as a one-time payment.  The awards were given to each of the recipients to pursue a career in healthcare.  

This award was given to each of the recipients as a check to be exclusively used for expenses related to college such as tuition, fees, books, school supplies, and board.  Individuals could apply through the application form directly from our website up until the March 31st, 2022 deadline.  Then, the winners were selected in April 2022 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus Emergency Centers.

After having been selected, we coordinated with each of the students’ schools to deliver them the good news.  This is how they reacted to having won the Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022.  Get to know each of the Altus Gives Scholarship Winners of 2022!

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for Baytown

Congratulations to our three Altus Emergency Baytown Scholarship 2022 Winners:

  • Sarah Salinas from Robert E. Lee High School
  • Hannah Wood from Ross S. Sterling High School
  • Mariah Taylor from Goose Creek Memorial High School

The Winners’ Reaction

“I appreciate this reward and look forward to proving that I am a deserving recipient. I plan on using the scholarship to aid my tuition in my future academic career. Your generosity is overwhelming and will allow me to focus on achieving my overarching goal of becoming a physical therapist.”
-Hanna Wood

 

“I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to participate in this scholarship program as it will assist with furthering my education and pursing my career by helping me pay for college tuition.” – Mariah Taylor

Congratulations to the Altus Emergency Baytown Scholarship 2022 Winners!

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for Lake Jackson

Congratulations to our three Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2022 Winners:

  • Lindsey Williams from Brazoswood High School
  • Caitlyn Boswell from Brazoswood High School
  • Lauryn Keenom from Danbury High School
  • Elisha Ullrich from Angleton High School

The Winners’ Reaction

“I am thankful to have received the scholarship from Altus. I will be using the money towards my tuition at Texas Tech University as I pursue a degree in nursing. I am very honored to have been chosen for this scholarship. – Caitlyn Boswell

“This scholarship means so much to me because I have not received many in my academic career. So it really means a lot when someone from an outside source recognizes and appreciates my accomplishments. I will use this scholarship towards books and uniforms for my nursing school starting in May. Thank you so much for letting me have this opportunity! – Lauryn Keenom

“Winning the Altus not only helps me pay for college expenses such as books and other necessities, it inspires and encourages me to excel in school and follow my true passion. Working to help others in need is something I have always wanted to do and with Altus giving me their scholarship, makes me realize that they see something in me too. With that being said, this really drives me to pursue a degree in medical field and I can’t wait to see where I go from here! I would personally like to thank y’all again for the opportunity of winning a scholarship. This will help me tremendously as I go off alone and have to buy everything on my own! – Lindsey Williams

Congratulations to the Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2022 Winners!

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for Waxahachie

Congratulations to our three Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2022 Winners:

  • Emily Essl from Waxahachie High School
  • Chase Pope from Waxahachie High School

The Winners’ Reaction

“The scholarship acts as a reassurance that I am on the right path to becoming an orthopedic surgeon. I plan to use the money on lab fees that come with being a pre-med biology major. Thanks again for your generosity and for helping me pursue my education.” – Chase Pope

Congratulations to the Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2022 Winners!

Altus Gives Scholarship Winners 2022 for Lumberton Hospital

Congratulations to our three Altus Lumberton Hospital Scholarship 2022 Winners:

  • Nathan Fox from Lumberton High School
  • Dixie Wooten from Hardin Jefferson High School

The Winners’ Reaction

“This scholarship is so important to me because i will be studying abroad in Panama City, Panama this summer and this scholarship went towards helping me pay for that! ” – Dixie Wooten

“I’d like to thank Altus for awarding me with the scholarship. It is very appreciated. This scholarship means a lot to me because I will be moving away to attend college and it will help me pay for some additional living expenses while being away from home.” – Nathan Fox

Congratulations to the Altus Lumberton Hospital Scholarship 2022 Winners!

We would like to thank everyone for participating in our Altus Gives Scholarship 2022.  A special thanks go out to the staff and schools who helped make this possible.  We could not have done this without your stellar efforts!

To all recent graduates, congratulations on a job well done! At Altus Emergency Centers and Altus Lumberton Hospital we encourage you to strive and accomplish your pursuit of a career of your choice whether it be healthcare or any other path you choose to take. We will be happy to welcome more dedicated and compassionate healthcare professionals to our community. It is an honor to be able to contribute to the future needs of our community through Altus Gives.

 

Altus wishes each and every one of you continued success through your college career and beyond.

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!

Public Health Emergency 90-day Medicare Extension

Public Health Emergency 90-day Medicare Extension

At Altus, We Are Fighting for our MEDICARE Population to ensure continual emergency care.

The COVID-19 cases continue to rise in many communities across the country, and we still don’t know for sure when the pandemic will end.

As health care providers, we’ve joined the fight to urge the Department of Health and Human Services to extend the Public Health Emergency (PHE) for an additional 90 days.

Thanks to the combined efforts of health care provider organizations, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra announced the COVID-19 public health emergency renewal.

The Public Health Emergency provides hospitals, emergency rooms, and health care systems with the support and protection necessary to help manage COVID-19 in our communities. Still, more importantly, it protects the Medicare population from potential coverage loss.

Public Health Emergency 90-day Medicare Extension

What the PHE Extension Means to Medicare Patients

When the Public Health Emergency (PHE) ends, so will the enhanced federal funding program. At which time, States will then resume administering renewals for Medicare and Medicaid eligibility.

Unfortunately, this means that you and the nearly 80 million Americans enrolled will have their eligibility redetermined, increasing the risk of losing current coverage benefits, including emergency care attention.

The extension, therefore, ensures you will keep your current coverage benefits.

Public Health Emergency 90-day Medicare Extension

What Happens Next

By law, Public Health Emergencies (PHE) have a 90-day validity. However, the Health and Human Services Secretary can issue as many extensions as necessary. Therefore, although the current extension will expire on July 15th, 2022, further extensions could be made.

Rest assured that Altus Emergency Centers will always fight for our Medicare patients’ right to emergency care. And for as long as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to plague our communities, we will do everything in our power to continue extending the Public Health Emergency.

American Red Cross Blood Crisis – How to Help Save Lives

American Red Cross Blood Crisis – How to Help Save Lives

A few days ago, the American Red Cross announced it was facing its worst blood shortage in over a decade. The drop in donations led the organization to declare its first-ever blood crisis in our country.

Blood is needed to save the lives of thousands of patients each year. Unfortunately, blood donor turnout has declined in the last couple of years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Red Cross reported a 10% reduction in overall donors since the pandemic started.

In addition, the recent surge due to Omicron created even more staffing and donor challenges, with many medical professionals and donors falling ill. These additional challenges mean many blood drives had to be canceled, causing further shortages.

Why Blood Donations Matter

Blood is needed to treat and save the lives of thousands of patients every year. Unfortunately, with the current shortage, it means doctors in hospitals and Emergency Rooms across the nation must make tough decisions. Doctors now have to decide who receives a blood transfusion now and who will have to wait until more blood becomes available. Still, for many patients, the blood may not arrive in time.

Doctors can sometimes hold off the need for a blood transfusion, but it’s a matter of life and death in other cases. Hospitals and emergency rooms have difficulty treating accident victims, patients with blood disorders like sickle cell disease, cancer patients, and critically ill patients because of the shortage.

That is why the Red Cross needs our help in increasing the number of donors. Remember, labs can’t manufacture blood and platelets; the blood available to hospitals and ER’s all comes from donors.

Blood Transfusion Statistics in America

According to the American Red Cross, this is how much blood transfusions and donations are needed:

  • Every 2 seconds, someone in the U.S. requires blood and or platelets
  • One donation can help save up to three lives
  • Every day patients in the U.S. need approximately 29,000 units of red blood cells
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is around three units
  • Nearly 5,000 units of platelets and 6.500 units of plasma are needed daily
  • About 16 million blood components are transfused each year in America
  • Between 90,000 and 100,000 Americans have sickle cell disease, and close to 1,000 babies are born with the illness every year. Many sickle cell patients require blood transfusions throughout their lives
  • One car crash victim may need as many as 100 units of blood
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O

Although Type 0 blood is the most in-demand, donations from all other blood types are just as welcomed.

How You Can Help End the Blood Crisis in America

Altus Emergency Centers is joining efforts with the American Red Cross to promote more blood drives in our communities and help end the blood crisis.

Please join us at the Altus location nearest to you to donate blood. Your act of generosity could be the life-saving miracle a family is praying for.

Upcoming Blood Donation Campaigns

Lake Jackson

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2022 AT 2 PM – 5 PM

Lumberton

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2022 AT 10 AM – 3 PM

Waxahachie

Details Coming Soon!

Some Supplements Can Send You to the ER

Some Supplements Can Send You to the ER

Many of us rely on supplements to get all the vitamins and minerals our bodies need, to help us stay awake, or to lose weight.

Most of these supplements tell us their potential benefits, but almost none lists their possible harmful effects.

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimates that some 23,000 people end up in the emergency room each year due to incorrect use or adverse effects from supplements.

Some Supplements Can Send You to the ER

What Are Dietary Supplements

Experts define dietary supplements as any herbal, vitamin, or amino acid micronutrient compound. These products can be helpful as complements to your diet to ensure you get all the nutrients your body needs to function correctly. In addition, some of these products aim to prevent or correct certain conditions and elevate energy levels.

The main problem with dietary supplements is that although the FDA oversees them, they do not undergo safety testing before becoming available to the public since these supplements are not drugs.

Additionally, dietary supplement manufacturers are not required to list the potential adverse effects of their products on their labels. The lack of information on these products can contribute to the misuse or overuse of these supplements and cause serious side effects.

Some Supplements Can Send You to the ER

4 Supplements Most Likely to Send You to the ER

Although any supplement can cause severe adverse effects, these are the four types that are most likely to send you to the emergency room.

Weight Loss Supplements

Weight loss supplements are widely used in the United States. However, their misuse and dangerous side effects account for about one-quarter of all supplement-related ER visits.

More than half of patients are women, and the average age of patients is 32 years. Close to 10% of patients require hospitalization, and patients over 65 are more likely to be hospitalized.

Weight loss supplements promise to help you lose weight through one or more of the following mechanisms:

  • Speed up your metabolism, so you burn more calories per day
  • Slow down fat production or absorption
  • Suppress your appetite

You can quickly get into trouble if you take these supplements outside of a doctor’s supervision or by combining different weight loss supplements aimed at speeding up your metabolism.

If you took a weight loss supplement and experience any of the following, please head to the nearest ER:

  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Altered or agitated state of mind
  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding

Some ingredients in weight loss supplements can cause liver or kidney damage. So, please refrain from using these unless a doctor prescribes them.

Sexual Enhancement Supplements

Men can experience adverse side effects from herbal products advertised for sexual enhancement.

Many of these supplements contain potentially dangerous hidden ingredients that can put your health at risk.

If you are taking any sexual enhancement supplements, we recommend you visit the FDA tainted product database to determine if your brand is listed as a potentially dangerous supplement.

Body-Building Supplements

Make sure always to check the label and do research on any body-building products. These can contain steroids or steroid-like substances linked to severe health risks, including liver damage, which can be life-threatening.

Energy Drinks

If you are looking for a quick pick-me-up to feel more alert or energized, you better think twice about taking an energy drink.

Energy-boosting products, including energy drinks, account for about 10% of all supplement-related ER visits.

Many of these drinks have ingredients that can cause adverse biological effects, making them unsafe. The toxicity of these drinks is often due to high amounts of caffeine or the combination of caffeine with sugar and other stimulating ingredients.

One study found that overconsumption of energy drinks can alter the heart’s electrical activity resulting in arrhythmia and high blood pressure. In addition, some ingredients found in energy drinks can cause thickening of the blood in the coronary arteries, leading to cardiac arrest.

At Altus Emergency Centers we are always available to treat any emergency.

However, our treatment options are limited when it comes to toxicity due to dietary supplements. We can administer medications to reduce the stress on the heart and intravenous fluids to aid with hydration. Still, we may not be able to prevent long-lasting damage to any of your organs.

For this reason, please read the list of ingredients of any supplement you are taking. Also, please speak to a doctor before taking any supplement to ensure it is safe and won’t interact with any prescribed medications.

Dangerous Diets and Workout Routines

Dangerous Diets and Workout Routines

ER Doctors Recommend to Stay Away from Extreme Weight Loss Routines

The beginning of the year is a great time to set goals for ourselves, and losing a few pounds, getting more exercise, and improving our fitness level is a wonderful way to start the year, not to mention these goals and easily achievable, but, in our eagerness to get in shape we might end up taking things a little too far.  Avoid any type of dangerous diets and workout routines.

When our focus lies only on the result, we are more likely to make bad choices, instead, we should be focused on planning the best route to achieve our goals, this way we will avoid making common diet and fitness mistakes that can end up harming our health.

Eating Healthy vs. Dangerous Diets

The Dangers of Extreme Dieting

Anyone who is carrying a few extra pounds dreams of a quick, easy effortless solution to losing their muffin top or love handles, a pill that burns all the fat in a matter of days, a shake that will make us drop a couple of dress sizes in a week, unfortunately, those products are not only ineffective, they can be extremely dangerous, as are fad diets.

Extreme dieting is a very unhealthy way to diet, most fad diets center around cutting back on calories, they do this not taking into account the type or quality of the calories consumed, what they do is limit the amount of food a person ingests to a point where it can border on starvation. This is the reason most fad diets usually don’t last more than 2 weeks, in addition, the body’s response to starvation actually slows down the metabolism, making it harder to lose fat.  Extreme weight loss dieting is dangerous.

Extreme weight loss dieting can have serious health consequences including:

  • Fatigue
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Muscle Atrophy
  • Malnutrition
  • Constipation
  • Acidosis
  • Rashes
  • And worst of all the regain of any weight loss achieved

Extreme dieting can also have negative effects on our psychological well-being, causing:

  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Reduced Sex Drive
  • And an increased risk of developing eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia.

Benefits of Healthy Dieting

In contrast, healthy dieting will produce an overall feeling of wellbeing helping you:

  • Feel more energetic
  • Become stronger
  • Strengthen your immune system
  • Improve the body’s natural ability to heal itself and repair cell damage
  • Sleep better
  • Ward off diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, kidney, and liver disorders
  • Keep your bones strong

So, this year focus your efforts in eating right, choose fruits instead of sugary treats, drink more water and less carbonated drinks, eat more vegetables and lean meats instead of fried foods, small changes in our eating habits go a long way in improving our health.

Signs of Alert! Tell-Tale Signs that you need to Visit the ER Immediately

If you have been trying dangerous diets and experience any of the following signs, please seek immediate emergency medical assistance:

  • You can’t keep food down.  Constant vomiting for over 2 days.
  • Diarrhea for more than 3 days, bloody diarrhea,
  • Fever higher than 103 F (39.4)
  • Confusion and Lethargy
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unbearable abdominal pains or cramps
  • Dizziness and Fainting
  • No urine in the last 12 hours
  • Heart Palpitations, Chest Pains

If you are in Texas, go to Altus Emergency Center for the best ER Care 24/7 with No Lines in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Exercising Safely vs. Reckless Workouts

The Dangers of Extreme Exercise

Being motivated to get fit and adopt an exercise regime is great, we can all benefit from some physical activity, but extreme exercising is not something any of us should contemplate. We have been bombarded by reality TV shows where contestant’s workout 8-10 hours a day, this is not only unrealistic, it’s not healthy.

Exercising too much can have the following negative side effects:

  • Severe wear and tear of muscles and joints
  • Dehydration
  • Increased risk of injury
  • Electrolyte imbalance
  • Rhabdomyolysis, a rare condition that occurs when muscle fibers break down and enter the bloodstream, these fibers called myoglobin circulate through the body and cause severe damage to the kidneys, this condition can be fatal.

Danger! Tell-Tale Signs that you need to Visit the ER Immediately

Whether or not you have been practicing unsafe extreme weight loss type workouts, please visit your nearest emergency center, emergency room or urgent care if you or a loved one exhibit any of the following signs:

  • When an injury is accompanied by a pop or a crack and it doesn’t go back to normal.
  • Inability to walk or bear weight on a limb
  • A joint that locks up or feels unstable
  • A muscle pull, strain that is badly bruised
  • If you experience ANY type of symptoms after a head injury
  • You have bleeding that will not stop
  • Numbness, tingling or weakness
  • Any pain that is unbearable or gets worse with time
  • You feel a dull ache in your chest and you are unusually out of breath
  • You have the mother of all headaches.

Don’t wait in line!  Visit your nearest Altus Emergency Center.  We are Open 24/7, with No Lines to get the best ER care.

How Much Exercise is Safe?

The American College of Sports Medicine and American Heart Association recommend healthy adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week, this can be achieved with 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise 5 times a week or 20 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise 3 times a week.

Adults should also train each major muscle group 2-3 times a week, making sure to wait at least 48 hours between resistance training sessions.

If you don’t already exercise regularly, ease yourself into the habit, don’t try to do too much in the first day, if your goal is to walk for 30 minutes a day, start with 10-15 minutes and work yourself up to 30 minutes, there is no rush, go at your own pace, avoid extreme workout videos and if possible join a gym and have an expert design your workout plan.

Altus Recommends to Say No to Dangerous Diets and Workout Routines

This year our goal at Altus Emergency Centers is for the members of the communities we serve to improve their health, eating better and exercising more in a safe and responsible way.

We are here for you to help you prevent but we are also Open 24/7/365 if you need us.  It’s good to know that you have where to go in the event of an emergency.  At Altus Emergency Centers, you are in good hands.  Plan today to be safe tomorrow.

Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2022

Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2022

Altus Emergency Center in Waxahachie is happy to announce our new scholarship!

The program will benefit eligible local applicants who wish to pursue a career in healthcare.

 

Scholarship Awards

Altus Emergency Waxahachie will award a total of $2000 in scholarships as a one-time payment.  Please read the requirements and fill in the application form below to apply.

 

Requirements

  • All applicants must be residents of Ellis County.
  • Eligible applicants need to be students pursuing a degree in healthcare
  • Graduate from public or private high school or home school
  • Accepted to a 4-year University, Nursing school, Community College, or Trade School
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Community Service/ Civic involvement

 

Selection Process

The application deadline is March 31st, 2022. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the application form directly from our website.
  • Winners will be selected in April 2022 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus ER Waxahachie
  • The official announcement of the winners, check award, and photo session will be in May 2022.

Consent for Marketing and Media Activities

Altus Emergency Centers Scholarship recipients must provide explicit authorization for their name and image to be shared in Altus Emergency Centers communications. Recipient names and pictures can appear on a variety of marketing channels, which include but are not limited to media interviews, blog posts, printed material, and social media content.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Legal Disclaimer

Altus Emergency Centers reserves the right to withdraw or amend any listed scholarship without prior notification. Acceptance of the application will not guarantee that the applicant will receive an award.

Scholarships are awarded by the review panel appointed by Altus Emergency Centers management, and their decision is final, no appeals are allowed.

Scholarship recipients must meet the conditions set out in the Official Rules & Details on our website.

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!

Altus ER Baytown Scholarship 2022

Altus ER Baytown Scholarship 2022

Altus Emergency Center Baytown is happy to announce our new scholarship!

The program will benefit eligible local applicants who wish to pursue a career in healthcare.

 

Scholarship Awards

Altus ER Baytown will award three (3) scholarships as a one-time payment:

  • One (1) $1000 scholarship
  • Two (2) $500 scholarships

 Please read the requirements and fill in the application form below to apply.

 

Requirements

  • All applicants must be residents of Baytown and surrounding communities.
  • Eligible applicants need to be students pursuing a degree in healthcare
  • Graduate from public or private high school or home school
  • Accepted to a 4-year University, Nursing school, Community College, or Trade School
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Community Service/ Civic involvement

 

Selection Process

The application deadline is March 31st, 2022. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the application form directly from our website.
  • Winners will be selected in April 2022 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus Emergency Center Baytown
  • The official announcement of the winners, check award, and photo session will be in May 2022.

Consent for Marketing and Media Activities

Altus ER Baytown Scholarship 2022 recipients must provide explicit authorization for their name and image to be shared in Altus Emergency communications. Recipient names and pictures can appear on a variety of marketing channels, which include but are not limited to media interviews, blog posts, printed material, and social media content.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Legal Disclaimer

Altus Emergency Centers reserves the right to withdraw or amend any listed scholarship without prior notification. Acceptance of the application will not guarantee that the applicant will receive an award.

Scholarships are awarded by the review panel appointed by Altus Emergency Centers management, and their decision is final, no appeals are allowed.

Scholarship recipients must meet the conditions set out in the Official Rules & Details on our website.

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!

Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2022

Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2022

Altus Emergency Center in Lake Jackson is happy to announce our new scholarship! 

The program will benefit eligible local applicants who wish to pursue a career in healthcare.

 

Scholarship Awards

Altus Emergency Lake Jackson will award four (4) scholarships as a one-time payment, each for $500.  Please read the requirements and fill in the application form below to apply.

 

Requirements

  • All applicants must be residents of Brazoria county.
  • Eligible applicants need to be students pursuing a degree in healthcare
  • Graduate from public or private high school or home school
  • Accepted to a 4-year University, Nursing school, Community College, or Trade School
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Community Service/ Civic involvement

 

Selection Process

The application deadline is March 31st, 2022. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the application form directly from our website.
  • Winners will be selected in April 2022 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus ER Lake Jackson
  • The official announcement of the winners, check award, and photo session will be in May 2022.

Consent for Marketing and Media Activities

Altus Emergency Centers Scholarship recipients must provide explicit authorization for their name and image to be shared in Altus Emergency Centers communications. Recipient names and pictures can appear on a variety of marketing channels, which include but are not limited to media interviews, blog posts, printed material, and social media content.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Legal Disclaimer

Altus Emergency Centers reserves the right to withdraw or amend any listed scholarship without prior notification. Acceptance of the application will not guarantee that the applicant will receive an award.

Scholarships are awarded by the review panel appointed by Altus Emergency Centers management, and their decision is final, no appeals are allowed.

Scholarship recipients must meet the conditions set out in the Official Rules & Details on our website.

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!

COVID-19, Common Cold or The Flu? How to Tell the Difference

COVID-19, Common Cold or The Flu? How to Tell the Difference

As COVID-19 continues to disrupt our lives, many of us are feeling on edge, and the slightest symptom makes us wonder if we’ve contracted COVID-19.

The common cold, the flu, and COVID-19 are all respiratory illnesses caused by viruses, and some of the symptoms can be very similar. So how do you know which one you have?

Here, we will show the differences so you can know when you need to seek medical help.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

What Causes the Common Cold, The Flu, And COVID-19

The first similarity between all these illnesses is that they are all caused by viruses.

 

Common Cold: The reason we call colds the common cold is that numerous viruses can cause it making it an easy illness to get.

Some of the viruses responsible for the common cold include:

  • The rhinovirus
  • Human parainfluenza
  • Respiratory syncytial virus
  • Various coronaviruses – But not the one that causes COVID-19 

Viruses, including the coronaviruses responsible for the common cold, produce mild symptoms that include a stuffy nose, sore throat, and headaches.

 

The Flu: The influenza virus is what causes the flu. There are many variations of the influenza virus, all of which can cause seasonal viral respiratory infections in your nose, throat, and lungs.

For most, the flu causes mild to moderate symptoms that resolve themselves in two weeks or less. However, some patients can develop serious complications that result in pneumonia and possibly death.

 

COVID-19: The strain of coronavirus responsible for the illness, is known as COVID-19. Scientists have named this new strain the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2  or SARS-CoV-2.

The symptoms of the SARS-CoV-2 virus are much more severe, resulting in high persistent fevers, cough, trouble breathing, pneumonia, kidney failure, and even death.

Comparing the Symptoms of the Common Cold, The Flu, and COVID-19

The following symptom chart can help you decide if you have a common cold, the flu, or COVID-19. This list of symptoms, however, is not definitive and should only be used as a guide. If you suspect you have COVID-19, please call your doctor or visit one of our centers as soon as possible.

Symptoms

Covid-19

Symptoms Can Range from Mild to Severe

Common Cold

Gradual Onset of Symptoms

The Flu

Abrupt Onset of Symptoms

Fever

Common

Rare

Common

Cough

Common

Common

Common

Sore Throat

Sometimes

Common

Common

Shortness of Breath

Sometimes (with mild/moderate infection)

No

No

Fatigue

Sometimes

Sometimes

Sometimes

New Loss of Smell or Taste

Common

Common

Common

Aches and Pains

Sometimes

Sometimes

Common

Headaches

Sometimes

Common

Sometimes

Diarrhea

Rare

No

Sometimes (especially in children)

Sneezing

No

Common

Sometimes

COVID-19 Common Cold or The Flu

How Can You Be Sure if Your Symptoms Are Those of COVID-19?

Because symptoms of the common cold, the flu, and COVID-19 can overlap, it can be challenging to know when you should worry, and when you shouldn’t.

If you do have COVID-19, prompt diagnosis and treatment can help lower your risk of developing complications.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a COVID-19 self-checker to help you know when to seek medical attention.

If your self-assessment indicates, a doctor should examine you, call the nearest Altus Emergency Center or use our online check-in form. You will receive a free medical evaluation, and you decide when and where to get tested should you need to.

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!

National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month (NMAAM). This annual campaign aims to raise the public’s awareness of the dangers of prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse.

Most of us know of the growing drug problem in our communities. But most of us aren’t aware that the fastest-growing drug problem in America isn’t heroin, cocaine, or methamphetamines, its prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

How Big is The Problem?

Most people take prescription medication responsibly; however, there is a growing trend, especially among adolescents and young adults that are misusing prescription drugs.

 

According to estimates from The National Institute on Drug Abuse:

  • 18 million people have misused prescription medications at least once in the last 12 months
  • 2 million Americans misused prescription pain relievers for the first time within the past year
  • More than 1 million misused prescription stimulants
  • Some 1.5 million misused tranquilizers
  • 271,000 misused sedatives
  • In 2019, 14,139 individuals died from prescription opioids overdose
  • And, 5,175 Americans died from antidepressant overdose
National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

Why Is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month So Important This Year?

The reasons why people misuse or abuse prescription and over-the-counter medication vary. In most cases, easy access to these medications topped the list of reasons.

Other reasons include misinformation on how addictive opioid medications are and the perception that prescription medications are safer and less harmful or addictive than illegal drugs.

The challenges we’ve had to face this year due to the public health care crisis mean many of us are suffering from the effects of extreme stress and anxiety.

Prolonged stress affects every aspect of our lives, from our emotions, behaviors, how we think, and of course, our physical health.

Stress can contribute to the misuse of prescription and over-the-counter medications to try and eliminate or decrease the severity of symptoms such as insomnia, depression, anxiety, and pain.

That is why at Altus Emergency Centers, we are working to raise awareness of the dangers of medicine abuse.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Preventing Medicine Abuse

These are some ways we can help prevent accidental or deliberate prescription drug overdoses in our home.

 

Don’t Hoard Medications and Keep Them Out of Children’s Reach

Many of us are guilty of saving unused medications in our medicine cabinet, yet this habit can have dire consequences.

Hoarding medications at home increases the risk of taking expired medications, which can have serious side effects.

Prescription drug addiction among children is growing. Make sure you speak to your kids about the dangers of taking drugs, even prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.

It would be best if you disposed of your unused medicines through drug take-back programs. Ask your pharmacist if they have such a plan in place.

 

Only Take Medication as Prescribed and Never Self-Medicate

It’s critical to adhere to your doctor’s instructions when taking prescription medications. For over-the-counter medicines, you should always follow the indications of the manufacturer.

The one thing you should avoid is self-medicating. If you feel unwell, call your doctor, visit our ER, or speak to your pharmacist or another trained medical professional. Don’t take medications based on friends or family’s suggestions and avoid miracle cures advertised on websites.

 

Look for Alternatives When Possible

If you feel stressed, anxious, or experiencing pain, rather than reach for the medicine cabinet several times a day, try to find alternative ways to deal with your situation.

Join a support group at your local church or speak to a friend about how you feel. Try getting a massage or do stretching exercises every day to help ease your pain.

National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

What to Do In Case of an Accidental Overdose

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental overdoses are a leading cause of death among people between 35 and 54.

A drug overdose occurs when we take too much over-the-counter medicine or prescription medication. It can also happen if we take several prescription or over-the-counter drugs at the same time or if we combine them with alcohol.

Symptoms of an overdose can range from mild to life-threatening. Mild symptoms include slurred speech, drowsiness, and unsteadiness.

Severe and life-threatening symptoms require immediate medical attention. Call 911 and ask to be taken to the nearest Altus Emergency Center if you notice the following symptoms:

  • Breathing problems
  • Hallucinations
  • Delusions
  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Vomiting
  • Unconsciousness

 

Altus Emergency Centers is here to help you overcome any medical emergency, including drug overdose. When you visit us, we will treat you like family because, to us, you are. We care about your well-being. If you are struggling with stress, anxiety, or drug addiction, we urge you to please reach out and seek help.

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 for the Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

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