Leslie Chalmers Joins Health System Board of Directors

Chalmers fills vacant position on Faith Community Health System Board of Directors

JACKSBORO, Texas (Oct. 26, 2020) – The Faith Community Health System (FCHS) Board of Directors welcomes Leslie Chalmers as its newest board member. Chalmers was sworn in on Oct. 26, appointed to fill the position left vacant from long-time board member Shelley Owen.

“Having known Shelley for many years, I am both sadden of her departure and proud of her more than 25 years serving on the FCHS Board of Directors,” says FCHS Board President Lori McBrayer. “Shelley has exemplified what it means to be an active and impactful board member, and we will always be grateful for her contributions over the years.”

Board members are stewards of the local hospital district. Responsible for the general oversight of FCHS and its associated facilities, the Board of Directors ensures quality patient care remains high while operating as a business in a fiscally responsible manner.

Owen resigned her position on the board earlier in the year, citing a lack of available time due to increased attention needed professionally for her work.

Chalmers graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing in 1999 from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas.  

The Jacksboro native brings an extensive 21-year background in business development, sales, nonprofit marketing, public relations, and fundraising. She has worked with organizations such as the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Goodwill West Texas, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Heart Association, Weatherford Christian School, Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce, and most recently the Jacksboro Economic Development Corporation – where she currently serves as the organization’s executive director.

Over her career, Chalmers raised more than $8 million for these different organizations through marketing, donor relations, and business development. She is also the owner and consultant of special events planning and fundraising company, Divine Order Events and Consulting, which educates nonprofit organizations on executing successful events and campaigns.

She currently serves on the advisory board for Grace House Ministries in Weatherford, the Nortex Economic Development District advisory board, the North Texas Agricultural Alliance Group, the Texas Workforce Commission board, the Jacksboro Ag Youth Supporters board, the Jacksboro Booster Club as treasurer, and the Jacksboro Ex-Students Association. Chalmers is a member of the Jacksboro Lions Club and has been the Jean Bryan Marketing Award recipient.  She currently serves as president of the Faith Community Hospital Charitable Foundation Board.  It is anticipated that she will remain in that capacity as the hospital boards representative to the foundation.

She is a member of the Texas Economic Development Corporation, the International Economic Development Corporation, the Southern Economic Development Council, the Texas Downtown Association, the Business Retention and Expansion International, and the Texas Midwest Communities Network.  She is also a 2019 graduate of the Leadership Texas Women’s Program. 

Chalmers and her husband, Stewart, resides locally with their two children Rylan and Rachael. 

“It is an extreme honor to be nominated to fill such incredible shoes left behind by Mrs. Owen,” Chalmers says. “I love serving my community and being able to be part of a skilled group of professionals on the FCHS Board of Directors.”

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Flu Shot Clinics

This year’s flu shot clinics offer a safe and convenient option for you and your family to come get your flu shot.

Jacksboro:

Date: Friday, October 15th

Location: Jack County Courthouse

Time: 7am – out of vaccines

Bowie:

Date: Monday, October 19th

Location: First Christian Church

Time: 7am – out of vaccines

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Faith Community Health System Acquires Medical Clinic in Graham

As the state of healthcare in the region continues to evolve, Faith Community Health System announces its expansion with the acquisition of Graham Healthcare and Urgent Care located at 1005 Elm St in Graham Texas. The acquisition will convert the physician-owned clinic to a hospital-based facility in a non-monetary change of ownership transaction.

“While we’ve done some work in the past by providing healthcare education programs and support to our Graham patients, our acquisition of Graham Healthcare allows us a permanent presence in the community by providing a structured approach to medical care,” explains Frank L. Beaman, CEO. “We have some pretty exciting plans for the clinic, and we cannot wait to bring added value to the community.” Lori McBrayer, FCHS Board President stated: “the addition of the rural health clinic in Graham is part of our continued strategic plan to bring “Faith” into the communities we serve”.

In a deal that has been in the works for several months, the two organizations say that the acquisition and conversion to a hospital based Rural Health Clinic will have no implications for patients. Beaman adds that being in alignment with Graham Healthcare means that Faith Community can offer much-needed access to ancillary services such as advanced laboratory processing and diagnostic imaging.  Dr. Jeremy Johnson, co-owner of Graham Healthcare is currently on staff at Faith Community Hospital and conducts clinic at the Jacksboro location as well as delivering babies at the hospital.

“Soon, patients will benefit from an integrated health system bringing a continuity of services and care to the community,” Beaman explains. “Bringing the Graham Healthcare clinic under the Faith Community Health System umbrella will give us greater flexibility in how we serve local patients. It also means additional healthcare resources for the clinic.”

Located in Graham, the clinic offers specialty and primary healthcare services in an almost 4000-square-foot facility.

All providers at the clinic will continue servicing patients, including Dr. Jeremy Johnson, Dr. Aaron Purdy, Rachael Creel FNP, Kari Bullard FNP, Samantha Purdy CPNP, Lisa Lunsford CPNP, and Kirk Higgins PA.   With the above team, the clinic will continue to care for all healthcare needs including general medicine, urgent care, pediatric, obstetric, dermatology, preventative medicine, and geriatrics.

“It is a great step for us to take our service to the next level with our affiliation with Faith Community Health System”, says Dr. Aaron Purdy of Graham Healthcare. “This is an exciting chapter for the clinic as we transition ownership and operations to Faith Community. Rest assured that we will continue to provide excellent care to patients and families.”

The acquisition of Graham Healthcare and Urgent Care is just one of many moves by FCHS in recent years that show how the demand for quality and continuity of local healthcare services continues to grow.

Since 1958, Faith Community Hospital has provided continual medical care for residents in Jack County and the surrounding region. In 2015 the hospital celebrated the opening of its replacement facility, ushering in a new era of advanced medical programs and services for the region.  Since that time, adding to the Jacksboro location, FCHS has expanded rural health clinics in Bowie and Alvord Texas.

Consistent with Faith Community branding,  the clinic with be renamed to:

Faith Community Rural Health Clinic-Graham.

Providers and patients will have the ability to access past medical records at Graham Healthcare as databases transition over to the systems used by Faith Community. If patients have questions about their medical records or would like to obtain a complete copy from Graham Healthcare, they may call 940-282-2512.

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Order your Holiday Baked Goods from FCHS Café

Baked Goods Order Form & Price List

Pecan Pie  –  $20.00

Pie  –  $15.00

Banana Nut Bread  –  $7.50

Cinnamon Bread  –  $7.50

Pumpkin Nut Bread  –  $7.50

Triple Chocolate Bread  –  $7.50

Cranberry Pecan Bread  –  $7.50

Pumpkin Bread  –  $7.50

Banana Bread  –  $7.50

Cake ¼ With Nuts  –  $25.00

Cake ½  –  $30.00

Cake ½ With Nuts  –  $35.00

Heath Bar Cake ¼  –  $30.00

Heath Bar Cake ½  –  $50.00

Cookies  –  $7.00 per Dozen

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Swan Family Wellness Center Fully Reopens Beginning Oct. 1

Exercise in a safe environment.

The Swan Family Wellness Center will fully reopen beginning Oct. 1, with increased capacity per state guidelines, the restart of group exercise classes, and reopening of the pool.

The local Wellness Center has been in various states of closed and reduced operations since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the spread of the coronavirus on the steady decline over the last several weeks, Governor Abbott recently announced the easing of restrictions that affected how the Swan Family Wellness Center could operate.

With the full-reopening of the wellness center, many new procedures and precautions have been created to ensure the health and safety of members and team members. For more information, please review the below frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding the full reopening of the Swan Family Wellness Center.

What are the Wellness Center hours?

Wellness Center: Monday – Friday 5 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Physical Therapy:Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

What are your capacity guidelines?

We will permit eight members per hour in the gym and eight members per group exercise class. The pool will be open to one member per hour.

Are reservations required?

To avoid the risk of not having a spot, members can reserve their timeslot on the MyWellness App or over the phone.

Are group exercise classes resuming?

Yes! Our new group exercise schedule offers some of the fantastic classes we have always offered AND some excellent virtual classes. Virtual classes, held in our group exercise, will be streamed over the projector by Master Instructors from all over the world. Some new classes to look out for include Pilates, Muay Thai, True-Grit HITT, Barre, and much more. Group aquatic classes will come later.

Will there be pricing changes?

In order to continue offering group exercise classes, we are changing our membership options. We are now offering membership levels that can be tailored to what you and your family needs. You can now purchase a membership based on whether you would like access to the gym, pool, group classes or everything! For unlimited gym and pool access a membership may be purchased for $55 a month. For unlimited classes you can pay $65 a month. And, for $89, you can sign up for the Lifestyle 365 program and have unlimited access to everything–plus the health coaching benefits.

Are masks and gloves required?

The State of Texas requires that all gym-goers use full-fingered gloves during your entire workout. Masks must be worn as you enter, exit, and walk amongst the building but can be removed once you begin to exercise. We do not provide either of these.

If you have any additional questions regarding the full reopening of the Swan Family Wellness Center, please call 940-216-2379.

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New Initiative at FCHS to Reduce Usage of Plastic Water Bottles

New filtered water dispensers are installed throughout the local hospital.

In a new initiative to reduce waste and usage of plastic, Faith Community Health System (FCHS) has announced the rollout of new filtered water fountain dispensers throughout the FCHS main campus. The local health system hopes to reduce the number of plastic water bottles currently being used and urge team members to utilize reusable containers.

“The amount of plastic water bottles used throughout our health system is pretty remarkable,” says Frank L. Beaman, CEO of FCHS. “Without a recycling center in the region, trying to collect used plastic to recycle is not feasible and would be a considerable expense for the health system to absorb.”

It is estimated that 80 percent of plastic water bottles purchased end up in in landfills. Moreover, landfills in the United States are overflowing with more than 38 billion discarded water bottles. Each can take upwards of 1,000 years to decompose.

Bottled water is expensive compared to other sources of drinkable water. To consume the recommended amount of water each day, a person would have to spend $1,800 in bottled water each year. This cost is astronomical comparably speaking.  It is 26 times more than filtered pitcher water and 3,675 times more than tap water.

Off-campus facilities, such as Faith Community Rural Health Clinics in Bowie and Alvord, are currently exempt from the program as FCHS has not yet had the opportunity to install water dispensers at those locations.

“Until we complete the rollout of our new program, I have asked that team members at these locations try, to the best of their ability, to limit the consumption of bottled water so that we can continue with our system-wide initiative of reducing plastic waste,” Beaman adds. “Plans are currently in the works to get these facilities on the program soon.”

Bottled water will still be available at FCHS, specifically for patients and guests. Additionally, bottles will be available for sale at the Faith Café.

“We take pride that we are exercising fiscal responsibility and doing our part in the effort to reduce the number of plastics that are buried in landfills,” Beaman says.  

ER Manager, Courtney Curtner said it best when presented with the initiative, “We have Faith in our community and now are putting Faith in our environment.”

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About Faith Community Health System

Faith Community Hospital is a community hospital serving the residents of Jack County, Texas. We offer a wealth of medical services including inpatient care, minor surgeries, obstetrics and other health care services.

Rural Health Clinics

Alvord Clinic
115 East Bypass US Highway 287
Alvord, Texas 76225

940-427-2858

Bowie Clinic
1010 N. Mill St.
Bowie, TX 76230

940-872-1121

Jacksboro Clinic
215 Chisholm Trail
Jacksboro, TX 76458

940-567-5528

Contact Us

If you need to contact us for general inquires or comments, please use the methods below. For emergencies, please dial 911.

215 Chisholm Trail Jacksboro,
Texas 76458
940-567-6633
https://www.fchtexas.com/