We Celebrated the Importance of Local Hospitals During National Hospital Week

Faith Community Health System (FCHS) has made tremendous progress in expanding healthcare!

As we have experienced the Covid-19 pandemic during the last couple of years, it is apparent that hospitals have demonstrated what a tremendous benefit they provide.  By providing essential healthcare services to those in our region, FCHS healthcare workers have worked tirelessly to provide compassion and skilled care to members of the community.

We observed National Hospital Week this past week. Faith Community Health System honors our healthcare team and highlights the important role hospitals play in our area.

“We express our gratitude to the local healthcare workers that continue to provide compassionate care to those in our community,” says Frank L. Beaman, CEO of FCHS. “Although we are grateful for local healthcare facilities every day, National Hospital Week is a time set aside every year to recognize them for what they do daily. The Covid pandemic has certainly put our team to the test, but they have come through with flying colors,” he added.

Over the past decade, tremendous progress has been made in expanding local healthcare. In 2010 FCHS had only 1.5 medical providers on staff, operating with just seven core services.  This was done from a dated facility without much of the more-up-to-date equipment commonly in use.  However, today the local healthcare system boasts 42 medical providers.  In addition, we offer more than 20 core programs and services, a wellness and fitness center, four rural health clinics and four nursing homes.

FCHS is anchored by Faith Community Hospital, in Jacksboro, which offers a comprehensive range of medical services for the community which includes 24-hour emergency care; advanced radiology services, including CT scanning and MRIs, a clinical laboratory, advanced neck and spine surgery, general surgical services and a maternity center.

“In addition to highlighting the essential healthcare services,” Beaman adds that “FCHS is also a major contributor to the local economy. The local healthcare system is a cornerstone for providing hundreds of jobs in the local region.”

Traditionally, people in rural areas have suffered the most from the lack of local hospitals and medical providers to care for them when they are sick or injured. “One thing that the Covid pandemic has taught us is how important it is to have quality healthcare facilities available. Critical time is sacrificed in providing medical attention when a person doesn’t have access to local care,“ Beaman said.

“We are extremely fortunate to have such a dynamic and growing health system in our region,” Beaman noted. “Residents in our area can be comforted knowing that a team of compassionate healthcare providers are available nearby.” 

To learn more about local healthcare services or to find a provider, visit www.fchtexas.com.

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Faith for You

Faith Community Hospital would like to remind everyone who was affected by the recent tornados that professional counseling services are available at the hospital. 

Bryan Ray, Licensed Professional Counselor, is available on Wednesdays in Jacksboro to assist individuals and families who are having difficulties dealing with the recent events. 

Post Traumatic Stress can be felt by individuals who were present at the tornado site, but also by parents who’s children were in danger, family members of those affected and by entire families who have been uprooted from their home.  Also symptoms of traumatic stress may arise days or even months after an event.  If you need help dealing with the changes in your life as a result of circumstances outside of your control, either now or at a later time, we urge you to reach out and let us assist you. 

Appointments can be made to see Bryan in Jacksboro (on Wednesdays) by calling Graham Psychological Associates in Graham, (940) 549-2259.  Graham Psychological Associates has five counselors, including Bryan, who are available in the Graham office Monday through Friday.

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Celebrating FCHS Doctors

Faith Community Health System recognizes National Doctors’ Day on March 30.

Medical providers are the cornerstone of every hospital and clinic, providing essential services to keep our communities healthy. To celebrate the fantastic work of our local physicians, Faith Community Health System (FCHS) is honoring local physicians on March 30 as part of a nation-wide observance of National Doctors’ Day.

If there is one thing the past two years have taught us, it is how fortunate we are to have physicians available locally,” says Frank L. Whether our patients were dealing with COVID-19 or a myriad of other conditions, the medical professionals at FCHS never skipped a beat in treating and caring for our communities!

National Doctors’ Day was first observed on March 30, 1933. Inspired by the anniversary of the first use of anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long in 1842, Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, proposed the celebration to show appreciation for doctors everywhere.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution in 1958 to commemorate the occasion. With congressional approval in 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a resolution officially designating March 30 as National Doctors’ Day.

FCHS has had a long history of serving the communities we are located in. Tracing its roots back to the late 1950s, the regional healthcare provider has remained resilient by continually growing to meet local medical needs. In addition to family practice, physicians offer medical services in a variety of specialties at the hospital and four rural health clinics in Jacksboro, Bowie, Alvord, and Graham.

A highly trained team of physicians serves the community all year long in a comprehensive breadth of medical specialties. Join in showing appreciation for these essential healthcare providers:

Chief Medical Officer/Emergency Room Director

Robert Cooper, M.D.

Trauma Director

Shawn White, M.D.

General Surgeon

Alfred Santos, M.D.


J. Scott Smith, M.D.

Faith Community Rural Health Clinic | Alvord

Family Practice/OB

Jeff Ailling, M.D.

Family Practice

Kelly Tibbels, M.D.

Nurse Practitioner

Susan Hansford-Orsburn, FNP-BC

Justin Farrar, FNP-C

Faith Community Rural Health Clinic | Bowie

Internal Medicine

Gary T. Evans, M.D.

Josh Evans, D.O.

Family Practice

Delbert McCaig, D.O.

Nurse Practitioner

Cynthia Robertson, FNP-C

Jana Brady, FNP-C       

Lauren Fenoglio, FNP -C

Faith Community Rural Health Clinic | Graham

Family Practice

Aaron Purdy, M.D.

Jeremy Johnson, D.O.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Rachael Creel, FNP-C

Kari Bullard, FNP-C

Lindsey Maly, FNP-C

Jessa Davis, FNP-C

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

Samantha Purdy, CPNP

Lisa Lunsford, CPNP

Faith Community Rural Health Clinic | Jacksboro

Family Nurse Practitioners

Jessica Coker, FNP-C

Cathy Gresham, FNP-BC

Family Practice/Obstetrics

Shivum Agarwal, M.D.

Erika Crutcher, D.O.

Jeremy Johnson, D.O.

Brent Shepherd, M.D.

Endocrinology/Internal Medicine

James Dunn, M.D.

While Doctors’ Day is just a date on the calendar, know that FCHS is grateful every day for the amazing service of physicians here at home and across the nation.

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Faithful Testimony

Faithful Testimony by PT patient Bob Maddox:

Why you came to Faith Community Health System:

  •  P/T following knee replacement

Your experience:

  • AMAZING!!! P/T began two days following my knee replacement surgery.  It was effortless in booking the P/T appointments on such a short notice.  The staff and therapists were extremely knowledgeable with my treatment.

Who you were treated by:

  • Keely Howard & Tim Carpenter

Words to the community about your care:

  • I cannot imagine why anyone would drive out of town for physical therapy.  My experience was very positive and the results with my knee are good.  At the one-month post-operative visit, my surgeon was extremely pleased that the range of motion for my knee was already at 90%.  Dr. Crofford said that I was “way ahead of schedule’ on my range of motion and attributed a portion of that to the excellent care provided by the Faith Community physical therapists.

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Make Risk of Second Heart Attack Less Likely with Cardiac Rehabilitation

FCHS recovery program offers heart attack patients the opportunity to regain health and strength

About 700,000 Americans die of a heart attack every year making cardiovascular disease the leading cause of death in this country.  While 90% of those who suffer a heart attack recover from it, many remain at risk for a second cardiovascular event, about 1 in 5 in fact, according to American Heart Association statistics.

But for those fortunate enough to survive their first heart attack, important lifestyle changes, and a specialized rehabilitation program are important ways to recover cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of a heart attack striking again.

“Heart attacks often result from certain conditions that involve our health,” said Cara Epps, Director of Respiratory Therapy. “Risk factors normally include high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, lack of exercise, high levels of stress and a diet devoid of healthy foods,” she added. “Smoking is also a risk factor,” Epps went on. “About 14% of Americans smoke.”

“Once these qualifying conditions result in cardiac arrest it becomes a serious situation,” said Cara. “That is why cardiac rehabilitation programs, like the one here in Jacksboro, along with major lifestyle changes, can help reduce the chances of future heart attacks while improving cardiovascular health.”

Cardiovascular disease takes many forms, including congestive heart failure, coronary heart disease, stroke, or high blood pressure. Once you understand more about cardiovascular disease and how it can affect your health, you are on the road to taking the measures needed to prevent or reduce the severity of high blood pressure, heart attacks, or stroke.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at FCHS helps patients recovering from a heart attack and cardiac surgery by providing instruction in exercise, counseling services, and education to improve lifestyle choices. The FCHS programs runs for about 12 weeks with patients attending three sessions per week.  A personalized program is designed for each patient based on their particular condition. During the twelve-week process, diet and physical exercise are hallmarks of the recovery program to make sure the heart is strengthened and a new healthier regimen is taught.  Exercise programs are monitored carefully to ensure that safety is paramount.

The Jacksboro based cardiac rehabilitation program provides a convenient setting where patients can talk with professionals who can guide them through the rehabilitation process.

To better understand your risk of cardiovascular disease, the FCHS medical team recommends that you talk with your primary care provider during your next wellness exam about your family’s medical history as well as your current health status.

Studies have shown that cardiac-related deaths can be reduced by as much as 30 percent when patients participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program and make lasting lifestyle changes.

Your medical provider will often recommend a recovery program following a heart-related event or surgery. Those who believe they may be at risk of heart disease are encouraged to talk with their medical provider.

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.

A referral by medical provider to the cardiac rehabilitation program is required. For more information about cardiovascular disease and whether the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation program may benefit you, talk with your primary care provider.

“You may have heard the saying do your part, care for your heart,” said Epps.  “It is really instructive for living a healthy life and looking after perhaps the body’s most vital organ!”

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February is the Month to Focus on the Number One Killer in America

FCHS urges residents to monitor heart disease during American Heart Month.

When it comes to the heart, February is the month that can’t be beat!

In addition to the month that brings Valentine’s Day, February is also American Heart month. This is an annual awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of cardiovascular disease and pinpoint some of the actions that can be taken to guard against it. Most American deaths are due to cardiovascular disease. About 660,000 people in this country die of some form of heart disease each year.  That amounts to about 1 in 4 Americans.

 “We know that heart disease kills more people in America than anything else and knowing more about this pervasive disease and understanding how to prevent complications is ever crucial,” says Cara Epps, Director of Respiratory Therapy. Staying on top of blood pressure, keeping cholesterol levels low, not smoking, getting regular exercise, eliminating as much stress as possible and eating healthy foods are all ways to combat cardiovascular disease, Epps points out.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), more than 1 in 3 adults, or 85.6 million Americans, live with one or more types of cardiovascular disease. As stated earlier, heart disease is the first leading causes of death in the nation.  And stroke ranks at number five.  “If you don’t know your risk level now is a good time to find out,” Epps noted.

There are four major risk factors for cardiovascular disease, all of which may be controlled to a large extent.  According to healthcare providers, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and lack of regular exercise are all deadly elements that can contribute to heart complications.

Identifying possible complications that could lead to a cardiovascular episode begins with a thorough physical exam of your weight, blood pressure and cardiovascular fitness.  A healthcare provider can advise whether you might benefit from an electrocardiogram, a test performed at FCHS that allows physicians to take a closer look at your heart’s performance.

If you are found to be at risk for heart disease, your medical provider can supply you with the tools needed to fight back.  Prescribed medication, a medically directed diet, and an exercise program are the usual options prescribed to improve your health.

Those who are physically active are twice as likely to prevent a heart attack.  The AHA stresses that exercise is beneficial in the long run as it decreases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and other medical related illnesses.

Physical activity can improve the condition of your heart and lungs.  Exercise routines should be brisk enough to raise your heart and breathing rates, sustained for at least 30 minutes without interruption and repeated at least three to five times per week.

For individuals who have recently experienced a cardiac episode, rehabilitation plays an important role in regaining strength. The cardiac rehabilitation program at Faith Community Hospital in Jacksboro provides a convenient setting in which to talk with professionals who can guide patients through the rehabilitation process.

“The heart is a pretty resilient organ,” Epps observed.  “But sometimes it needs a specialized program to get it back to functioning properly.” When looking at ways to maintain good heart health, a comprehensive rehabilitation program can improve your recovery and potentially be a lifesaver,” she added. Cardiac rehabilitation programs have been shown to reduce the number of heart-related deaths by 30 percent. When combined with a dramatic change in overall lifestyle, your recovery can really create a new sense of life.

While cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs are personalized for each patient, based on their condition, many patients attend three sessions a week for 12 weeks. Remember that physical activity is important to regaining heart strength. Exercise programs are conducted under carefully monitored conditions to ensure that a safe increase in strength is developed.

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 FCHS Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Department at 940-216-2258 or visit www.fchtexas.com.

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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


Graham Clinic
1005 State Hwy 16 South
Graham, Texas 76450


Jacksboro Clinic
215 Chisholm Trail
Jacksboro, TX 76458


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