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Christus Mother Frances Hospitals Resuming Elective Surgeries, Medical Procedures

Submitted by William Knous, Manager Media – Public Relations, CHRISTUS Health: Northeast Texas | Louisianawill.knous@christushealth.org

NEWS RELEASE

CHRISTUS Health will certify all of its Texas facilities to resume elective care, and CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System is preparing to return elective procedures and surgeries on April 22. That is consistent with the provisions of Governor Greg Abbott’s original order on April 17.

Our facilities have secured the personal protective equipment (PPE) and excess capacity necessary to safely care for the full spectrum of medical conditions and patient needs that we have worked so hard to address in our communities for more than 150 years.

We are working with physicians now to reschedule their patients for medical and surgical procedures. The initial order forced them to postpone. While we all understand the reason that these procedures got postponed, waiting has imposed a hardship on many of these patients, as many can no longer delay care for heart disease, cancer, pain, vision problems, and other conditions. We are working to avoid a surge in illness and suffering as a result of deferred and delayed care.

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Sulphur Springs is expanding its surgery scheduling for patients’ convenience and ensuring it is ready to provide care delayed.

“Often, these procedures that have been delayed or deferred are related to the quality of life issues in our patients in the community,” said Paul Harvey, Chief Executive Officer, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Sulphur Springs.

“Looking beyond just the present moment, quite a few of these procedures will even help patients live longer, healthier, happier lives. Getting patients who need these procedures back into the operating room as quickly as possible is so important. Still, we must ensure our patients, Associates, and physicians are safe, above all. That’s how we’ve operated at CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Sulphur Springs since the very first day,” Harvey said.

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System practices infection prevention every day. Also, the CHRISTUS Health system is leading the Northeast Texas community, and the country, by recently announcing the rolling out antibody testing for some patients, Associates, and physicians in its ministries. This new screening tool allows the hospital to test these groups for antibodies related to the COVID-19 virus, helping it to identify how each patient should receive care and how to keep its caregivers safe.

Not only that, but CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances has been steadily working and planning to continue providing necessary, non-COVID care to keep people safe and healthy. To keep all who enter our facilities safe, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances continues to have these following precautions in place:

  • Limiting visitors;
  • Screening everyone who comes through our doors;
  • Isolating COVID-19 patients to one area of the facility;
  • Temperature checks at every shift change for Associates;
  • Requiring everyone on our campuses to wear masks;
  • Using telemedicine to treat active COVID-19 patients, so their caregivers and support staff limit the number of times they enter their rooms.

It may be unprecedented time, but we have experienced many of these since the founding of CHRISTUS 154 years ago. The first three Sisters who started the CHRISTUS ministry in Galveston faced an epidemic of Yellow Fever within the first six months of opening the very first hospital. Epidemics and tragedies have been part of CHRISTUS’ history. So too has the resolve, after each of those challenges, to move on in love and service to those in need.

“CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Sulphur Springs is answering the call to help our community – today and tomorrow. In all that we do, we are devoted to keeping patients, their families, our caregivers, and our Associates safe. And we are here when you need care. We are ready,” Harvey said.

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System includes CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospitals – TylerSouth TylerJacksonvilleWinnsboro, and Sulphur Springs, the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital – Tyler, CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Rehabilitation Hospital a partner of Encompass Health, Tyler ContinueCARE Hospital at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital, a long-term acute care facility, and CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic.

CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic is the area’s preferred multi-specialty medical group, with more than 400 Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers representing 36 specialties in 34 locations serving Northeast Texas across 41 counties.

For more information on services available through CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, visit christustmf.org

  • Bed count – 427 – 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 ContinueCARE Hospital at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital