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Weathering Any Storm 24/7

Weathering Any Storm 24/7

We are Open 24/7 Before, During and After the Storm

Altus is Committed to Stand By the Community Through Thick and Thin

Through the years, the Altus Community Family has evolved.  Altus Baytown ER has become the preferred ER of Altus Hospital in Baytown, Altus Lumberton has become Altus Lumberton Hospital and Altus Emergency Centers in Waxahachie and Lake Jackson have become CIHQ accredited and now temporarily accept Medicare due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One thing that has not changed through the years is that all of the Altus facilities are a safe haven for their communities, especially during our harsh hurricane season.  Fortunately, all Altus facilities are ready for each, weathering any storm 24/7.  Our Altus Lumberton Hospital Administrator and Risk Manager, Richelle Blackburn, couldn’t summarize it better:

“We go to great lengths to ensure that our patients and staff are safe. We are prepared and open 24/7 before, during, and after any potential emergency including natural disasters.” – Richelle Blackburn.

She and the rest of the brave staff at Altus Lumberton Hospital were positioned directly in the middle of the area strongest hit by Hurricane Harvey.  With Beaumont hospitals shutting down due to the flooding, the facility was almost a “Noah’s Ark” for communities North and South from Lumberton.

Why We Get Prepared During Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting we will have an above-normal hurricane season this year.

During an average hurricane season, we will have 12 named storms, six of which become hurricanes with winds of 74 mph or higher. Out of those six, three turn into major hurricanes with winds of 111 mph or higher.

This year, NOAA predicts we will likely have between 13 and 19 named storms. Up to 10 of these storms will become hurricanes, and between 3 to 6 could become major hurricanes.

Our VP of Clinical Services, Amir Bashiri reflected upon our response to this potential threat:

“With full knowledge of the potential wreck that our storms, floods and hurricanes can have on our communities, Altus always plans ahead so if all other medical facilities close, we can remain open 24/7, fully functional with medical supplies, technology, ER physicians and back up generators.  Basically, we get ready for the worst and expect the best.” – Amir Bashiri RN, BSN, MBA

The Hurricane COMMAND CENTER

Whenever a tropical storm is forming, from experience, we know that these can result in a life-threatening hurricane.  For this reason, we set up command centers in each of our facilities to ensure that our staff and our patients are fully equipped to weather out the storm.  Last month, hurricane Laura came by and, fortunately, did not escalate.  Still, we were ready for a Harvey or worse.  The following are images of our Hurricane Command Center.

Helping You Plan Ahead

We have been fortunate so far this year as far as hurricanes go, however, there is no room to let our guard down.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) this year, we will potentially have a:

“Busy Atlantic hurricane season for 2020”

If you throw COVID-19 into the mix, it’s the recipe for a genuinely challenging time if a damaging storm hits.  We recommend that you check out our free guide on:

How to Prepare for Hurricane Season During COVID-19

This includes:

  • How to Prepare Your Home Emergency Supply Kit
  • How to Create Your Disaster Plan
  • How to Stay Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A Look Back at Hurricane Harvey

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

Powerful Images in Drone Photos

Harvey Flooding from an Aerial Perspective.

Through it All, We Remain Open & Ready to Help

We are Always Open and Prepared.

The entire Altus ER Team is proud to be of service to our communities Weathering Any Storm 24/7.

Our expertly trained staff is available 24/7. We are here for you in the event of a medical emergency: before, during and after any storm.

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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!

Emergency Rooms Came Through for Region During Imelda’s Chaos

Guest column—Beaumont Enterprises Brings You

Emergency Rooms Came Through for Region During Imelda’s Chaos.

By Dr. Adriano Goffi

ARTICLE SOURCE: Guest Column of the Beaumont Enterprise Newspaper

Dr. Adriano Goffi Altus ER Lumberton

Imelda’s Chaos

Tropical Storm Imelda, the seventh wettest tropical cyclone to ever hit the United States, recently reminded us that natural disasters and catastrophic events can and do strike without warning.

 

Unfortunately, Texas has faced more than its fair share over the past few years. With Imelda, even weather experts were caught by surprise when more than 43 inches of rain fell in parts of Southeast Texas.

 

Like meteorologists, us emergency room doctors learn to expect the unexpected. While doctors, nurses and other emergency medical personnel don’t know exactly what severe injuries, illnesses or health crises we will face on each of our long shifts, we do know we need to be prepared at a moment’s notice.

 

During Imelda, the massive flooding from the storm shut down access to two Beaumont-area hospitals at a time when many people were in need of emergency care.

Thankfully, Southeast Texas was able to avoid disaster of another kind because the region’s well-established independent freestanding emergency centers were able to provide life-saving care when other medical facilities couldn’t.

I can personally attest to the treacherous conditions created by Imelda. It took me more than eight hours to get to work in the midst of the storm’s wrath and was only possible because of the extraordinary acts of bravery and kindness from local volunteers who delivered essential transportation via boats and trucks to those who were stranded, or have roles like mine where missing a shift is not an option.

 

These volunteers provided similar support to many of my colleagues and together they endured all matter of flooding, rain and wind to get to the ER.

 

When we finally arrived at work, we found that not only was patient volume extremely high due to the injuries and serious impairments wrought by the storm’s dangerous effects, but our patients’ conditions were far more acute than what we see on most days.

Understandably, emotions were running high.

Even our battle-hardened head nurse was brought to tears out of concern for a woman who was on death’s door. The patient was suffering from massive internal bleeding and urgently needed a blood transfusion to save her life.

 

We were able to get an emergency supply of blood transported to our facility, completed the transfusion and got her safely transferred to a larger regional medical center.

Because of our intervention, she’s alive today.

Imelda's Chaos - Beaumont Enterprise Guest Column Dr. Adriano Goffi Altus ER Lumberton Medical Director

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The Calm After Imelda’s Chaos

Over the past decade, Texas’ independent freestanding ERs have repeatedly stepped into the breach in times of crisis. And on a day-to-day basis, they provide essential care and save lives across Texas — to say nothing of the tens of millions of dollars these emergency care facilities provide in charity care to Texans in need every year. And yet, some still question the value and purpose of ERs outside of a hospital.

 

Recent times like Imelda illustrate that Texans and their families are better off when their access to ER care is unimpeded.

Without freestanding emergency centers to care for those in need, the death toll from Imelda would have undoubtedly been higher than five.

We are here 24 hours a day, every day of the year in conditions of all kinds. Texans should be reassured that lifesaving care like ours is never too far beyond reach.

Dr. Adriano Goffi, a Navy veteran and family medicine doctor who has worked in emergency medicine for more than a dozen years, is the medical director of the Altus Emergency Center in Lumberton. Altus is a member of the Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (TAFEC).

A huge thank you to the Beaumont Enterprise for sharing this guest column written by our Lumberton Medical Director, Dr. Adriano Goffi.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

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

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

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

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

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

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

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

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