By Holly Ragan
Sulphur Springs, Texas, March 16, 2021 – CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital – Sulphur Springs has ONE mission: To Extend the Health Ministry of Jesus Christ.
We are aware of the new order announced by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that would lift the statewide masking mandate for many establishments on March 10. However, that will not apply to our CHRISTUS facilities. We will continue to require masks for those visiting, working, or receiving care in any of our CHRISTUS facilities, per CDC guidelines, as well as hand hygiene and social distancing where possible.
We are continuing to evaluate the Governor’s executive order closely. We will do the same for any additional guidance or requirements issued by the State Department of Health and Human Services or other entities. We understand that as more Texans are vaccinated, further decisions will need to be made by the state, cities, and counties in which our ministries reside, and we are prepared to respond accordingly. In the meantime, we remain focused on safely providing the care our communities need (whether COVID-related or not) and fulfilling our mission to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
For the safety and health of the community and our ministry, CHRISTUS Health is screening all associates and visitors to our hospitals to help lessen the risk of infectious disease transmission among our patients, associates, and guests.
- (1) Entrance to the hospital through Emergency Department 24/7
- (1) Visitor per patient
- Visitors must be between the ages of 16-years old and 65 years old.
- We screen all visitors at the door, including a temperature taken.
- We screen all associates at each shift, including a temperature taken.
- Visiting hours are 7:00 am to 7:00 pm (subject to change)
- All hospital visitors are required to wear a mask. Visitors should bring their masks; homemade cloth masks are acceptable.
At this time, we distribute vaccinations by appointment only. You can make a vaccine appointment by visiting christushealth.org and clicking on the yellow chat icon on the homepage to connect you with Christy, our virtual assistant. If you agree to the terms, when she asks, “how can I help you” select “Vaccine information.” Next, choose, “Am I eligible for the vaccine?” You will then receive a prompt to answer a few screening questions before selecting a location nearest you and scheduling an appointment. If appointments are complete, you can choose other places or check back regularly, as we add appointments as supplies become available.
CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Urgent Care, located at 1339 S. Broadway St. in Sulphur Springs, is open. The Urgent Care hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The phone number to reach Urgent Care is 903.951.1001. The Urgent Care offers rapid COVID-19 tests, with results in 15 minutes.
Hopkins County Health Care Foundation Hospital Gala 2021
The Gala is one of the most beloved and anticipated events of the year. This year, the 15th Annual Lights of Life Gala will be that again. The theme this year is ‘Gala Unmasked.’
The Silent Auction will be open for bidding from February 15 through March 20.
It will be live on the GiveSmart Platform as in years past: https://galaunmasked.givesmart.com.
We will display all items at the Civic Center and available for viewing:
Tuesday, 3/16 – 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Thursday, 3/18 – 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Friday, 3/19 – 9:00 am – 11:00 am
The Virtual Gala | Live Auction will take place on March 20 at 6:00 pm.
There will be THREE avenues to view Gala Unmasked and the Live Auction Telethon:
- Hopkins County Health Care Foundation Facebook Page
If you wish to bid on a Live Auction Item, please call 903.243.9098. Volunteers will be operating the phone bank to take bids. (This will happen in real-time.)
Coloring Contest/Naming 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 develop a name for our new robot. Students worked with their teachers to join their submissions, and we will share the top five finalists on Facebook, and we invite you, the community, to vote on the winning name. The winner will get to meet the robot, have a pizza party, and we will post their photo in the newspaper with the robot and our Orthopedic Surgeon, Dr. Chris Meltsakos. They will be using the robotic assistant to work on patients’ knees. We will share the link for voting very soon! Stay tuned!
Don’t Delay care:
We want to be 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 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.