Home Local News Weekly CHRISTUS Mother Frances-Sulphur Springs Report for April 30th, 2021 by Holly Ragan

Weekly CHRISTUS Mother Frances-Sulphur Springs Report for April 30th, 2021 by Holly Ragan

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The current blood shortage is the worst in decades – We need your help!

Carter BloodCare is hosting a blood drive in the CBC bus at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs in the front parking lot on Saturday, May 1 from 9am to 1pm, and again on Wednesday, May 19 from 9am to 3pm.  Call or Text (800) 366-2834 or visit their website at www.carterbloodcare.org.  Type “O” donations are in high demand.

COVID Vaccines Available

Contact Holly Ragan at 903.439.4033 to schedule an appointment for a Pfizer vaccine.  Second doses will be on May 19.

Hospital Visitation – *UPDATED

We continue to ensure a safe and compassionate process for families and essential support persons to visit patients, while preventing person-to-person transmission of infectious diseases in our acute care settings. All visitors will continue to be screened to make certain they do not fit a COVID-19 profile, based on CDC guidelines. To safely regulate access to patient care areas within our hospital, visitor screening stations are placed at the entrance of our facilities.

Please note the following guidelines:

  • Visitors must acquire masks themselves prior to entering our facility; cloth masks are acceptable
  • Masks must cover both the nose and the mouth
  • Visitors must pass screening before entry
  • Emergency Department entrance open 24/7
  • Main Entrance open 7am to 2pm, Monday – Friday
    • Gift Shop open
  • All visitors are screened at the door, including a temperature taken
  • All associates are screened at each shift, including a temperature taken
  • Visiting hours are 7am to 9pm
    • COVID Unit limited to (1) visitor (age 16 and over)
    • ER and ICU limited to (2) visitors
    • ALL hospital visitors are required to wear a mask. Visitors should bring their own mask; homemade cloth masks are acceptable.

Effective March 17, 2021

We will no longer restrict the number of visitors per patient, however, we strongly encourage to limit visitors to ONE (1) essential support person and for all other visitors – continue utilizing virtual communication through mobile devices to monitor your loved ones in our care.

Clinic Services

Digestive Care

We are fortunate to have care specialists dedicated to your gastrointestinal health right here, close to home.  Our highly trained team provides screening, diagnosis, and advanced treatments for a wide range of complex digestive disorders including colon cancer screening, esophageal disease, stomach and intestinal conditions, large intestine and colon conditions such as ulcerative colitis, and pancreas, liver, and gallbladder conditions.  To schedule an appointment, please contact the CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Gastroenterology office at 903.885.1770.

Pain Management

Chronic pain can be caused by a number of disorders, affecting all aspects of your physical and psychological well-being.  Pain conditions are often treatable, which is why we are committed to provide you with safe and effective pain management through the continuum of care.  We offer a wide range of services that deal with both chronic and acute onset pain designed to treat many kinds of pain due to disease, aging-related issues, and other conditions.  Pain conditions are often treatable through a number of different protocols; but not every approach works for everyone, which is why the expert oversight of the physicians and staff at our facilities is so critical to helping you find the right care for your pain.  If you would like to schedule an appointment with our Pain Management physician, Dr. Matthew Johnson, please call 903.885.1740.

Name the Robot Contest for Kindergarten through 5th Grades

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs has a new family member… the Mako robotic surgical assistant.  We invited all local students from Kindergarten through 5th grades to enter a coloring sheet and come up with a name for our new robot.  Students worked with their teachers to enter their submissions, and with the voting aid of the community, a decision was made.  The winning name is “Kneemo”, and was selected by Kylie Harrison (4th grade) and Matthew Evans (5th grade), both members of the Sulphur Springs Elementary School Robotics Club.  This past Friday, the club got to meet the robot, have a pizza party, and have their picture made with the robot and our Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Chris Meltsakos, who will be using the robotic assistant to work on patients’ knees.  We are very appreciative of the help naming the Mako!


Don’t Delay Care:

We want to be perfectly clear – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances remains a safe place for all to receive quality care. Go to the Emergency Department or call 9-1-1 if you are urgently ill. While COVID-19 is new, our processes and procedures in place for infection prevention and preventing the spread of illness are not. To learn more about COVID-19, go to ChristusTMF.org or www.cdc.gov.

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