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CHRISTUS Health Proposes Clinic


By Lynda Jones

CHRISTUS Health Network/ CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Francis proposes to open the CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic – Crockett, and if all goes as well as hoped, the clinic could be open by the middle of August. At the Houston County Hospital District Board of Directors meeting Tuesday, July 25, the board unanimously voted to authorize its finance committee (Jim Dowell, Robert Grier and Deborah Porth Blackwell) to negotiate a lease with the CHRISTUS organization for the second floor of the medical professional building where the rural health clinic was housed. Dr. Perry Ramsey and Larry Robbins were absent. Prior to the vote, Scott Schmidly, group vice president, Strategy & Business Development, CHRISTUS Health Northeast Texas Region, introduced the company and its plans to a full house at Tuesday's HCHD board meeting. Schmidly presented an overview of CHRISTUS Health, a Catholic ministry whose mission is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ. He explained the organization's mission is to "be a leader, a partner and an advocate in the creation of innovative health and wellness solutions that improve the lives of individuals and communities so that all may experience God's healing presence and love." He also outlined the organization's values, stating that they believe in: - Dignity. Respect for the worth of every person, recognition and commitment to the value of diverse individuals and perspectives, and special concern for the poor and underserved. - Integrity. Honesty, justice and consistency in all relationships. - Excellence. High standards of service and performance. - Compassion. Service in a spirit of empathy, love and concern. - Stewardship. Wise and just use of talents and resources in a collaborative manner. In describing the organization's culture, Schmidly stated, "CHRISTUS Health is a diverse community of individuals that is characterized by honoring heritage, trust, sense of engagement, accountability, sense of urgency and fun." Currently, CHRISTUS Northeast Texas includes 9,253 associates, 14 hospitals, 1,600 licensed beds, 2,417 medical staff members, 89 clinic locations, over 600 CTC (close to community) providers (Top 50 Physician Group in the U.S.), and nearly 50 different medical specialties, according to Schmidly's PowerPoint presentation. Schmidly said CHRISTUS Health hopes to offer a physician and physician extender model of healthcare delivery at the rural health clinic building in Crockett. He said they would be open five days a week 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., by appointment and with a goal of same day availability. The scope of care described by Schmidly will encompass all ages, genders, each organ system and every disease entity. "Our family medicine providers are dedicated to offering comprehensive and quality health care for the entire family. We partner with you to maintain your health with preventive care and treatment of illnesses and injuries. When serious health problems strike, your family medicine physicians and clinicians guide you to the appropriate specialty care," he stated. There was hope expressed that the clinic could be open and running by mid-August with some of the healthcare providers that were employed at the clinic previously. Two of those providers, Natalie Hutson Bachnysky, a certified family nurse practitioner and registered nurse, and Scott Shaver, physicians assistant and registered nurse, announced on their Facebook pages Wednesday, July 26, that they have signed with Christus Trinity Mother Frances. Schmidly said the first time he and four of his team members came to Crockett, they felt a calling to help this community.


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