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August is breastfeeding month, psychiatry services discontinued

by Logan Vaughan

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month:

According to the CDC, breastfeeding has health benefits for both babies and mothers. Breast milk provides a baby with ideal nutrition and supports growth and development. Here are 5 great benefits of breastfeeding:

1. Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for most babies: as the baby grows, the mother’s breast milk will change to meet her baby’s nutritional needs.

2. Breastfeeding can help protect babies against some short- and long-term illnesses and diseases: breastfed babies have a lower risk of asthma, obesity, type I diabetes and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). They are also less likely to have ear infections and stomach bugs.

3. Breast milk shares antibodies from the mother with her baby.

4. Mothers can breastfeed anytime and anywhere.

5. Breastfeeding can reduce the mother’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, type II diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Would you like to learn more about breastfeeding your baby? CHRISTUS Mother Frances hospital has a lactation consultant at your service for assistance, and we offer a free virtual breastfeeding class every month. Call 903-439-4091 for more information, or to sign up for a class.

COVID Vaccine Updates:

Due to a sharp increase in Emergency Room visits as a result of the spike in COVID-19, please expect longer wait times than normal. Rest assured we are doing everything we can to provide high quality care in a timely manner. Thank you in advance for allowing us to provide for your healthcare needs, while extending grace to our staff.

Please help us preserve our masks for our healthcare providers, and bring your own mask. 

With COVID cases rapidly increasing in our community, the hospital requires all visitor to wear a mask while in the facility. There is no entry into the hospital without a mask. Visitors may wear a cloth or medical mask. Thank you for your continued support of the safety of our patients and associates.

COVID Vaccine Clinics:

CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs will host a COVID Vaccine Clinic every Friday morning from 9am to 12pm in the main lobby of the hospital until further notice. The available vaccines include Moderna (2-doses, ages 18 and older), Pfizer (2-doses, ages 12 and older) and Johnson & Johnson (1-dose, ages 18 and older), Appointments not required, but parent/guardian must accompany anyone 17 and younger.

Sports Medicine

Free Saturday Athletic Injury Clinic for student athletes of all ages is here! Saturday sports clinic will be held every Saturday from 9am to 11am, on August 21 through November 13. Athletes will get an exam and free x-ray to determine a plan of care to treat their injury. The location will be the CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Orthopedic Office at 103B Medical Circle in Sulphur Springs.

For more information about our Sports Medicine program, or Orthopedic services, please call our office at 903-885-6688.

Outpatient Psychiatry Service Changes

Access Physicians Multispecialty Clinic of Sulphur Springs will no longer offer psychiatry services, effective September 1, 2021.

Please note: Psychiatry services will be available locally through Forefront Rush Medical Services, P.C. (“Forefront”). Forefront’s services will be available at 105 Medical Plaza, Sulphur Springs at CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic. Any patient desiring to be seen by Forefront will need a referral from a provider practicing at CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic – Sulphur Springs. You may contact CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic at (903) 885-3181 about obtaining a referral.

We recommend that you find another specialist to take care of your psychiatric medical needs. If you do not know another specialist, you may contact the Texas Medical Board for resources.

If you wish to obtain copies of your medical records, please come by our office and complete a “Medical Records Release Form” to have your records released to you or to have your records sent to another provider. Our office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8am to 5pm (closed for lunch from 12 to 1pm). Please call ahead at 903-919-5034.

Hours of Operation

CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Urgent Care – Sulphur Springs

The CHRISTUS Urgent Care Hours of Operation is as follows:

· In-Person Care Hours: Monday, 9-5; Tuesday, Closed; Wednesday-Saturday, 9-5; Sunday, Closed

· Virtual Visit Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-5

o To schedule a virtual visit, please visit urgentcare.christushealth.org, then select your location and click “Virtual Visit”

The Urgent Care is located at 1339 S. Broadway, and the phone number to call is 903.951.1001.

Hospital Bed Availability

While some hospitals are on divert due to a “critical COVID surge”, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital continues to serve patients, and has available hospital beds, both for COVID and non-COVID diagnoses.

· 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 remain masked during their time in the hospital.

· Emergency Department entrance open 24/7

· Main Entrance open 5am to 5pm, Monday – Friday

o Gift Shop open

· Visiting hours are 7am to 9pm

o Types of Visitors:

§ COVID receiving aerosol treatments: via tele-visitation only;

§ COVID not receiving aerosol treatments: 1 Essential support person at a time – Essential support person will be given a visible wrist band

· COVID unit visitor must remain the same throughout stay

§ ICU/ER: 1 Essential support person only

§ All other patients may have 1 Essential support person and 1 visitor (up to 2 persons in room at a time)

Bed count – 402 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Tyler

Bed count – 8 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – South Tyler

Bed count – 25 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Jacksonville

Bed Count – 96 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs

Bed count – 25 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Winnsboro

Bed count – 94 – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital

Bed count – 96 – CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart – Tyler

Bed count – 51 – Tyler Continue CARE Hospital at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital

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