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Weekly CHRISTUS Mother Frances-Sulphur Springs Report for May 28th, 2021 by Holly Ragan

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COVID Vaccine Clinic

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs will host a COVID Vaccine Clinic at the Morning Chapel Missionary Baptist Church (208 Fuller Street) on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 9am to 12pm.  Several of the vaccine brands will be available.  No appointment required. 

Contact Holly Ragan at 903.439.4033 to find out about future vaccine schedules.

Universal Masking Still in Place at all CHRISTUS Facilities

We are glad to see that the CDC continues to update its guidance about COVID-19 vaccines as more research and information become available. This week, that included guidance for fully vaccinated people (over two weeks after their final vaccine dose) who now no longer need masks indoors or outdoors in most cases.

However, this guidance does not apply to health care settings, so we will continue to require all those in our hospitals, clinics, ambulatory surgery centers and other locations where care is provided to remain masked. As these locations remain open to the public, and as we will continue treating all those who need us, including those with COVID-19 and those without, it is important that we ask our Associates, physicians, volunteers, patients and visitors to remain masked while in our facilities for now.

We will also continue to require masks in our offices and administrative areas. While we remain open to considering changes for these areas, we are evaluating this new guidance while we wait for further instruction from OSHA.

What won’t change is our commitment to serving all those who need us. CHRISTUS will continue to provide COVID-safe care and offering life-saving vaccinations across our system. We remain committed to continuing to update our policies and procedures as more data becomes available and look forward to emerging from this pandemic together with the communities we are privileged to serve.


Hospital Visitation

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

New Staff

CHRISTUS Trinity Orthopedic Clinic is excited to welcome Christopher Lutz, PA-C, our new Orthopedic Physician Assistant.  He will work collaboratively with Dr. Chris Meltsakos, Orthopedic Surgeon.  Lutz will be accepting new patients at 103B Medical Circle, beginning on Tuesday, June 2.  To schedule an appointment, call 903.885.6688.

Primary Care

Do you have a Primary Care Provider?  As part of our ongoing commitment to the health and wellness of our community, we partner with you to maintain your health with preventative care and treatment of illnesses and injuries.   With a number of providers to serve you close to home, we are happy to assist with annual well visits, sick visits, and much more.  Call our office today to be established with a local provider:  903.885.3181.


Dermatology & Skin Cancer Surgery Center in Sulphur Springs is accepting patients under the care of Roxanne Swafford, FNP.  Their office is located at 1228 Church St. Suite D.  To schedule your appointment, call 903.689.7272.  You may also visit them online at www.mdbarrows.com.


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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