Agarwal Awarded 2021 Preceptor of the Year Award

Faith Community Health System (FCHS) congratulates Dr. Shivum Agarwal on his 2021 Preceptor of the Year award! This award is selected by medical students for preceptors who teach the Family Medicine clerkship through The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. All students are required to do a family medicine rotation as part of their graduation requirements in their clinical years. There are several sites and locations in Texas to choose from ranging from Tyler, Waco, Dallas, Fort Worth, and others.

“We are very blessed to have Dr. Agarwal as a provider at FCHS contributing to a comprehensive array of services to our communities,” Frank L. Beaman, CEO of Faith Community Health System says. “Many rural communities across the state and country for that matter are severely underserved when it comes to healthcare. Fortunately, we have one of the best rural hospitals in the state due to a committed group of staff and providers like Dr. Agarwal. State-of-the-art care was top-of-mind when planning the new Faith Community Hospital, which opened in 2015.” Beaman says that the facility has come a long way over the years with the addition of new technology and physicians. Such an astounding honor for Dr. Agarwal and a true testament to his passion to teach others about family medicine.

Dr. Agarwal states, “I stand on the shoulders of dedicated mentors and teachers before me who taught with compassion and a commitment to science and humanity. It is because of great teachers as early as grade school that I am half the teacher that they were.”

“Some of my biggest motivators are my own students who are constantly challenging me to advance my own knowledge base and to look at the world of medicine from different angles. Students new to medicine have the unique advantage of seeing a patient with fresh eyes and a presenting ailment with a clean mental slate. This enhances our diagnostic accuracy as clinicians. Our medical students have advanced the quality of care at our hospital, enabling us to enhance our reach with more hands on deck and with the latest research and evidence.”

“I am grateful to the entire teaching attending faculty team here at Faith Community Health System including Drs. Crutcher, Cooper, Shepherd, Johnson, Santos, Dunn, Aujla, and McCaig who has mentored and taught our students. For example, Dr. Aujla has taken time out of retirement to meet with students and teach basic surgical skills. Phlebotomists have taught students to draw blood. Nurses have taught students the art of bedside care and compassion. Mr. Beaman has taken time out of his schedule to discuss rural hospital management with students. This award truly represents a team effort of physicians, nurses, phlebotomists, therapists, and administration, who have been supportive and focused on providing excellent, sustainable healthcare in the greater Jacksboro region by training future generations of physicians and nurses to come.”

“Our teaching partnership with UT Southwestern Department of Family and Community Medicine has been a wonderful relationship personally dating back over a decade for me when I first set foot at UT Southwestern as a first year medical student. However, back then I did not have the opportunity to rotate on a rural clerkship. I did, however, have a unique opportunity to experience medicine in a remote setting on a student-led aid trip to Haiti, which opened my eyes to the value of full spectrum Family Medicine. Much as I felt embraced by our community and my patients when I arrived in Jacksboro, I have enjoyed introducing students from Dallas to full spectrum rural medicine and surgery. I believe that students leave here with a newfound appreciation for rural healthcare, its challenges, the warmth of a small community, and the excellent cutting-edge care that can be delivered in a rural setting.  I want students in medical school to be able to experience what it is like to be woven into the fabric of a community as a rural physician.  Some of our students have been inspired and are now graduating from family medicine residency ready to embark on rural practices of their own. Even if they do not choose this path as a career, I am confident that developing an appreciation for care and continuity of patients in rural communities will benefit the care of their future patients.”

“Again, I thank the FCHS and UT Southwestern administration and my fellow attending physicians who have been supportive and excited to host medical students from the first day I set foot in Jacksboro. It has been an investment in the care of humanity for generations to come.”

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Focus on Your Health in the New Year

Faith Community Health System urges everyone to focus on health and wellness in 2022.

The New Year is an opportune time to look toward the future. With much that has been learned over the past two years, there are many great things to look forward to in the coming year.

As everyone prepares for 2022, officials at Faith Community Health System (FCHS) urge everyone to take steps to protect each other in the coming months and keep health and wellness in mind.

Achieving your goals in the New Year is rather easy if you set simple and realistic targets. Make health and wellness a priority in the New Year. When you do that, you can start to see impressive changes in how you feel, leading to a happier and healthier life.

To help you plan for a healthy New Year, here are four essential health tips!

Better health begins with a wellness exam

Annual wellness exams help ensure that you are in good health and caught up on essential health screenings. These yearly checkups, covered by Medicare and most insurance plans, allow your provider to monitor your health and talk about health issues important to you and your health goals.

Your provider may request several lab screenings to check for things such as your blood glucose and cholesterol levels. Depending on your age, gender, and risk levels, cancer screenings might also be ordered as a preventative measure depending on your age and family health history.

Protect yourself against COVID-19

Coronavirus has indeed changed the world over the past two years. The good news is that several new vaccines can help reduce your risk of transmission.

If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine or booster shot, FCHS urges you to talk with your healthcare provider about getting vaccinated. There are currently three different vaccines available, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encourages everyone five years of age and older to get vaccinated.

Get moving with the Swan Family Wellness Center

While it may seem cliché, starting and committing to an exercise plan is a realistic and vital resolution for most Americans. People of all ages and physical conditions can benefit from regular physical activity.

Children, teenagers, seniors, even people with disabilities will find they feel, think, and look better with just a little physical activity. Starting slowly and finding physical activities that you enjoy will help you maintain the habit throughout the year. Even brisk walks are a great way to add needed exercise to your daily routine.

Celebrating its 5th anniversary in Jack County this March, the Swan Family Wellness Center is an excellent resource for achieving fitness goals. Located on the FCHS campus in Jacksboro, the facility has a variety of amenities, including exercise equipment, regularly scheduled exercise and fitness classes, an indoor climate-controlled heated pool, member-exclusive perks, networking opportunities, wellness education classes, and much more.

No better time than now to join our 7th Annual Shape Up in Faith Wellness Challenge. Kicking off January 10th with sign ups 8am-5pm. For more information and a free tour of the facility, you are encouraged to stop by the Wellness Center or call 940-216-2379.

Commit to a better diet

A well-balanced nutrition plan is not always the most glamorous topic to discuss, but it is essential to your overall health. Proper nutrition provides you with essential vitamins, protein, and energy levels necessary to live and function.

Knowing what to eat and how to portion your meals is vital. If you are not sure if your diet is up-to-par with what it should be, we encourage you to talk with your primary care physician during your next wellness exam or regularly scheduled appointment.

We also have upcoming nutritional informational classes (Food & Facts with Faith) at the Swan Family Wellness Center with Clack Nutrition. Only $5 to public for an abundance of information, and a meal is provided. Mark you calendars for the upcoming sessions at noon: January 13th, February 3rd, & March 3rd.

When it comes to local healthcare, finding a medical provider for annual wellness exams, vaccinations, and other medical visits is convenient with Faith Community Rural Health Clinics. For more information and to schedule an appointment with a local provider, please call a clinic in Jacksboro (940-567-5528), Bowie (940-872-1121), Alvord (940-427-2858), and Graham (940-282-2512).

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Annual Wellness Exams Are Important

Annual wellness exams and flu vaccinations are critical to a healthy start to the New Year!

Despite the hustle and bustle that this time of year brings, it is essential to prioritize your health and well-being. A great way to do so is by taking advantage of an annual wellness exam and your yearly flu shot.

When it comes to your health and wellness, taking a proactive approach is very critical. Wellness exams are important check-ups that provide patients with an opportunity to speak with their medical provider and ensure they are in good health for the year ahead.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 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 (CDC). This includes immunizations and cancer and cardiovascular screenings.

A variety of health stats are reviewed during a wellness exam, such as height and weight changes; a check for possible diseases that could be treated early; update necessary immunizations; laboratory screenings that check cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.

If you have yet to receive your annual flu shot, doing so during your annual wellness exam is also important. The CDC says that flu activity during the 2020-2021 season was very low due to pandemic-related face coverings and social distancing measures.

It is estimated that half of the adults, ages 18 to 64, with at least one chronic health condition received a flu vaccine last season. This means that many individuals who are most vulnerable to getting very sick with the flu are not getting the protection they need.

Flu vaccines are needed each year because flu viruses are constantly changing. These vaccines are reviewed each year and updated to better match flu viruses that are expected to spread in the U.S. during that season.

This year, flu vaccines in the U.S. are quadrivalent (four-component), meaning they are designed to protect against the four flu viruses that research indicates are most likely to spread. The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older get vaccinated.

According to health officials, it is possible to become sick with both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Both viruses are contagious respiratory illnesses, but different viruses cause them.

Being vaccinated against both the flu and COVID-19 does not prevent you from being infected. However, symptoms in such cases are typically less severe than those who have not been vaccinated.

Having a better grasp of your health starts with a simple wellness exam, making sure you are up to date on critical vaccinations, and taking other preventive measures as appropriate. This will set you up for a better outlook in the New Year.

Faith Community Rural Health Clinics are a convenient choice for numerous healthcare services for the whole family.  Most private health insurances, along with Medicare, cover the cost of annual wellness visits.

For more information about vaccines and scheduling an appointment for wellness exams, please call the Faith Community Rural Health Clinic in Jacksboro (940-567-5528), Bowie (940-872-1121), Alvord (940-427-2858), and Graham (940-282-2512).

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7th Annual Shape Up in Faith

The recipe to a successful start to your New Year is our Shape Up 60 Day Challenge!

Join our wellness challenge that creates accountability & produces results!

For 60 days, you will commit to the following:

  • I will workout a minimum of 4 times per week
  • I will drink 1 gallon of water per day
  • I will follow a nutrition plan of my choosing without cheating
  • NO alcohol, NO desserts
  • Minimum of 20 minutes of self reflection, personal development, prayer, or meditation per day

Sign Up and Get Started: January 10th; 8am—5pm

Location: Swan Family Wellness Center at 215 Chisholm Trail, Jacksboro, TX

Call for more details: 940-216-2379

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It’s Not Too Late to Protect Yourself Against the Flu

It’s Not Too Late to Protect Yourself Against the Flu

Annual vaccination is the best way to protect yourself against the influenza virus.

The holiday season is upon us, which means you will likely be spending more time with friends and loved ones over the next several weeks. With gatherings comes more opportunities for spreading the flu and other respiratory viruses, such as COVID-19.

National Influenza Vaccination Week is Dec. 5 through Dec. 11, providing everyone with an important reminder to get your annual flu vaccination if you have not yet already done so.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity during the 2020-2021 season was very low due to pandemic-related face coverings and social distancing measures. With this year’s holiday season looking much more normal compared to last year, the CDC anticipates this year’s flu season to pan out much differently.

So how can you protect yourself and loved ones during this year’s holiday gatherings? The CDC recommends that everyone six months and older get vaccinated.

While October is the ideal month for flu shots, allowing time for your body to build immunity before the height of the flu season, what is most important is that you eventually get vaccinated.

It is estimated that half of adults, ages 18 to 64, with at least one chronic health condition received a flu vaccine last season. This means that many individuals who are most vulnerable to getting very sick with the flu are not getting the protection they need.

Flu vaccines are needed each year because flu viruses are constantly changing. It is because of this that vaccinations are reviewed each year and updated as appropriate to better match flu viruses that are expected to spread in the U.S. this season.

This year, flu vaccines in the U.S. are quadrivalent (four-component), meaning they are designed to protect against the four flu viruses that research indicates are most likely to spread.

According to health officials, it is possible to become sick with both the flu and COVID-19 at the same time. Both viruses are contagious respiratory illnesses, but different types of viruses cause them.

COVID-19 is caused by infection with a coronavirus, and seasonal flu is caused by infection with many influenza viruses that spread annually. It is possible to have flu and other respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 at the same time. Some of the symptoms of flu and COVID-19 are similar, making it hard to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.

Unlike the flu, COVID-19 can cause loss of sense of taste or smell. However, other symptoms of the two illnesses can be similar. Symptoms can include fever, chills, coughing, and muscle and body aches. Diagnostic testing is needed to determine which type of virus you have.

It is still possible for someone who has received a flu shot to contract the virus, although symptoms in such cases are typically less severe than they are for someone who has not been vaccinated.

So how can you protect yourself this year? Wearing face masks and physical distancing can help protect you and others from respiratory viruses like flu and COVID-19. The best way to reduce your risk of flu illness and its potentially serious complications is to get a flu vaccine each year for everyone six months and older.

If you have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, or a COVID-19 booster shot, the CDC recommends you do so as soon as possible. Both flu and COVID-19 vaccines can be safely administered at the same time.,

For more information about vaccines and scheduling an appointment to get vaccinated, please call the Faith Community Rural Health Clinic in Jacksboro (940-567-5528), Bowie (940-872-1121), Alvord (940-427-2858), and Graham (940-282-2512).

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Covid Vaccine Boosters

Faith Community Health System has the Moderna Vaccine Booster

  • CDC approves mix & match for booster shots
  • Eligible for the Moderna booster:
    • 65+ years old
    • 18+ who live in along-term care settings
    • 18+ who work or live in a high-risk settings, such as healthcare, education, manufacturing workers, public transit, grocery store workers, etc.
  • Call your provider with any questions

Contact an FCHS Clinic to schedule an appointment

  • Alvord: 940-427-2858
  • Bowie: 940-872-1121
  • Graham: 940-282-2512
  • Jacksboro: 940-567-5528
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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 76225940-427-2858

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

940-872-1121

Graham Clinic
1005 State Hwy 16 South
Graham, Texas 76450

940-282-2512

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/