It’s Not a Good Idea to Delay the Healthcare You Need

Taking care of your health is more important than ever.

Now, more than ever, many of us are focused on the state of our health. Staying at home more, avoiding large gathering, and wearing masks in public settings. These are the realities of living in the new COVID-19 era.

Health and medical safety extend beyond our risks for COVID-19, however.  There is so much more to address beyond the coronavirus, and delaying care for any issue can be detrimental to our health.

It’s natural to be fearful of contracting COVID-19 but delaying the healthcare services you need is never a good idea.

Recent reports have found that hospitals and clinics across the country have seen a dramatic decrease in patient visits. Alarmingly, one study found that as many as 50 percent of heart attack patients delayed care due to fear of COVID-19.

Heart-related events, including heart attacks and strokes, are medical emergencies that require immediate medical care. Other conditions, such as serious injuries and bleeding, also require prompt medical care.

Staying home and trying to wait out symptoms can allow a health condition to progress and lead to further suffering – or worse. If you need healthcare services, do not wait. Delaying medical care for serious health conditions can pose a serious risk to your health.

But it is also important not to skip medical care for minor health concerns and preventive care.

Wellness exams, cancer screenings, diabetes screenings and immunizations are all key to detecting potential health issues early and ensuring that you are in optimal health. If you are overdue for any of these, now is a great time to schedule an appointment with your primary care provider.

Annual wellness exams allow your provider to evaluate your health and ensure that you are caught up on important health screenings. They also allow you and your provider to discuss any health issues or concerns that you might have so that you can take steps to improve your quality of life and improve your overall wellness.

Many families have suffered financial difficulties due to the pandemic. Fortunately, Medicare and most insurance plans cover wellness exams once a year. Wellness exams can also help patients save on medical bills down the road by catching health conditions early – or preventing them altogether.

In Jacksboro and surrounding communities, Faith Community Rural Health Clinics are open and seeing patients for a variety of health needs, including care for certain acute conditions and preventive screenings.

You can rest assured knowing that medical care is available in a safe environment at Faith Community Hospital and clinics in Jacksboro, Bowie, or Alvord.

Cleanliness is something that we always take seriously, and Faith Community Health System has taken extra steps to ensure everyone’s health and safety.

We have also recently begun offering telemedicine appointments so that you can access healthcare from the comfort of your own home.  Please contact your primary care physician to determine if you are a candidate for Telehealth.  

Appointments can be scheduled for several services, including DOT and sports physicals, Texas Health Steps, allergy shots, comprehensive adolescent and adult health services, prenatal care visits, well-women exams, Medicare screenings, immunizations, and annual wellness exams.

Your health cannot wait. Get the healthcare services you need to stay healthy.

For more information about annual wellness visits, or to find a local medical provider, please contact a Faith Community Rural Health Clinic in Jacksboro, Bowie, or Alvord.

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Crochet Blankets Donated to Faith Community Health System’s OB Department

Frank L. Beaman, along with his executive team, and the entire OB department staff would like to say a huge thank you to Alvis and Hazel Moore for their generous donation of crochet blankets to be given to newborn babies delivered at Faith Community Hospital.

The birth of newborns in Jacksboro might seem like a routine topic, but it was not until mid-2013 that the county hospital began delivering newborns. FCH went more than 27 years without childbirths due to the lack of facilities and medical providers who practice obstetrics.

Today, maternity services at FCH are important for the region as surrounding hospitals have closed their maternity services. It is for this reason that FCH has focused more than ever on making the miracle of life a better experience for families in the area.

The donated crochet blankets are such a special touch for Faith Community Hospital to be able to share with the new bundles of joy and their families. We cannot thank the Moore’s enough for their love and community support. The OB department is excited to spread that love through the blankets to the babies’ families to come.

About Faith Community Hospital
Founded in 1958, Faith Community Hospital provides healthcare services for residents of Jack County. The hospital offers a wealth of medical services, including in-patient care, minor surgeries, obstetrics, a Level IV 24-hour trauma center and advanced radiology services (including CT scanning), an outpatient lab, physical therapy, social services, minor surgical services, patient education, a rural health clinic and more. FCH is now serving patients from a new $28 million, 87,000-square-foot replacement facility. For additional information, please visit www.fchtexas.com.

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Introducing Telemedicine. Fast. Secure. Safe.

Your next visit to Faith Community Rural Health Clinics is only a phone call away. 

Setting up a telemedicine appointment with any of our three Clinics is now as easy and convenient as a phone call.

A telemedicine appointment will allow you to have a doctor’s appointment over the phone with a Faith Community Rural Health clinic provider.

Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance are accepted.  Available, by appointment, Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:45 pm.

Call one of the clinics below to request a tele-med appointment.

Faith Community Rural Health Clinic | Jacksboro
940-567-5528

Faith Community Rural Health Clinic | Bowie
940-872-1121

Faith Community Rural Health Clinic | Alvord
940-427-2858

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Cardiac Rehabilitation Can Help Reduce Future Heart Attacks

Individuals with heart conditions should ask their physician about the program at Faith Community Hospital.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States experiences a heart attack. For those fortunate enough to survive their first heart attack, lifestyle changes and a specialized rehabilitation program are important ways to recover cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of a second episode.

Cardiovascular disease takes many forms, including congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, stroke or high blood pressure; and it continues to be the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for one in every four deaths.

Heart disease is always a serious topic and ignoring symptoms or recovery techniques can have a lasting impact on your overall health. Once individuals realize that they are not indestructible, they tend to pay more attention to their health and follow the advice of their physicians.

Common among both men and women, the symptoms of heart disease often depend on the type of condition. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and lack of regular exercise are all deadly elements that can contribute to complications.

One of the ways to understand your risk of cardiovascular disease is to talk with your primary care provider about your family history as well as your current health status.

Your medical provider will complete a thorough physical exam of your weight, blood pressure and cardiovascular fitness to help identify possible complications. Based on your medical history and current condition, a healthcare provider can advise whether you might benefit from an electrocardiogram, a test that allows providers to take a closer look at your heart.

Those fortunate enough to survive a heart attack or stroke often require a specialized rehabilitation program in a controlled setting so that they can regain their cardiovascular strength. The cardiac rehabilitation program at FCH provides a convenient setting in which to talk with professionals who understand how you are feeling.

The comprehensive program integrates education, counseling, and medical tests to develop a treatment plan that helps patients safely improve their physical fitness while reducing cardiac symptoms.

According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals who have participated in a cardiac rehab program were more likely to avoid subsequent heart attacks compared to those who did not participate in a program or only attended a few times. In the CDC study, the rate of heart attack was consistently lower among individuals who participated in more than 24 sessions and highest among those who participated fewer than 12 sessions.

Though the cardiac rehab program is personalized for patients, based on their condition, they typically attend three sessions a week for 12 weeks. Exercise programs are conducted under carefully monitored conditions to ensure that a safe increase in strength is developed.

Easing into activities that do not overstimulate the heart is important to recovery. Overexerting can cause physical harm, but underperforming can prevent the body from successfully healing.

As with one’s approach to general exercise, working your way up is always the best bet. Building your capability over time is the safest way to gain cardiovascular strength.

Medicare and most private insurance plans cover all or part of cardiac rehab programs. Patients typically qualify if their medical history or condition includes a heart attack, congestive heart failure or heart surgery to name a few.

For more information about cardiovascular disease and whether the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program at FCHS is right for you, talk with your cardiologist or primary care provider. You may also call the 940-216-2258 or visit www.fchtexas.com.

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Adults Encouraged to Schedule Annual Wellness Visits

Preventative healthcare is the proactive approach to wellness.

As we navigate life amidst a global pandemic, staying atop of your health is even more important than ever. Knowing more about chronic conditions that affect your body, screening for cancer, and effectively managing diseases such as diabetes care are among the proper precautions every adult should be taking.

While essential screenings are important for all individuals, Faith Community Health System (FCHS) reminds adults in the community to schedule annual wellness visits.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regular health exams, screenings and tests can help medical providers find problems in patients before they in advance.

When individuals have a proactive role in their healthcare, they have a better chance at catching diseases and chronic conditions early. Wellness visits are the perfect opportunity to talk about your health risks with a medical provider and identify conditions before they become deadly.

The CDC estimates that fewer than half of American adults, age 65 or older, and fewer than a quarter of adults, ages 50 to 64, receive the recommended level of preventative health services such as immunizations, cancer and cardiovascular screenings.

An annual wellness exam is a yearly appointment with your primary care provider to review your health status and develop a personalized preventative healthcare plan tailored to you. These exams typically review height and weight changes; check for possible diseases that could be treated early; update necessary immunizations; and order laboratory screenings that check cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Before your next wellness visit, review your family health history and write down any new conditions or diseases that have occurred in your family since your last visit. If you have put off any health screenings previously recommended, it is important that you share that information with your physician. Lastly, think about any symptoms you have been experiencing or questions you might want to ask your physician.

Annual wellness visits are the perfect opportunity to talk with your primary care provider about your overall health and get answers to all the health and wellness questions you may have

Medicare and most private health insurance plans cover the cost of preventative wellness visits once a year.

For more information about annual wellness visits, or to find a local medical provider, please contact a FCH Rural Health Clinic in Jacksboro, Bowie, or Alvord.

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Faith Community Wound Clinic Receives Achievement Awards

Biannual awards acknowledges exceptional success in wound healing rates and safety goals

Faith Community Health System is pleased to announce Faith Community Wound Clinic is a recipient of RestorixHealth’s Clinical Distinction Award and Patient Satisfaction Award. Recipients of these awards meet or exceed national quality and patient satisfaction benchmarks over a six-month period.

RestorixHealth launched its Clinical Distinction recognition program to recognize those centers that have demonstrated success by meeting or exceeding patient safety goals along with a 90% healing rate.

RestorixHealth launched its Center Recognition Award for Patient Satisfaction program to recognize those centers that have met or achieved a patient satisfaction score of 96% or higher.

Faith Community Would Clinic benchmarks include:

  • Days to Heal: 32 median
  • Healing Percent: 90%
  • Patient Safety: 98%

The Faith Community Wound Clinic is dedicated to optimizing outcomes and preventing lower limb loss in those patients with non-healing wounds. The approach to wound care is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies and techniques that are proven to reduce healing time and improve healing rates.

The center is staffed with a team possessing advanced training in wound care and hyperbaric medicine. Integrating a team of wound care professionals optimizes patient care, while offering the most advanced healing options.

The Faith Community Wound Clinic is located inside Faith Community Hospital. For more information, please call: 940-567-4054.

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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
contact.us@fchtexas.com
940-567-6633
https://www.fchtexas.com/