Jenell May: Awarded JCOC Customer Service Award

At the Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Banquet, Jenell was award the Customer Service Award!

Faith Community Health System is very thankful for her hardwork and dedication.

Nomination Submitted:

“Jenell has been with Faith Community Hospital for nearly 40 years providing outstanding customer service to our community. She was nominated for a Customer Service Award because of her helpfulness in resolving patient bills and working with individuals to create payment plans that work for each patient. She knows the billing business better than most and the Hospital is very blessed to have her on their team and helping Make Jacksboro Better!”

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Provider Spotlight: Jessica Coker, MSN, APRN, FNP-C

About Me:

I am a Christian, wife, and mother of two boys. I am from Houston, TX and went to college at Texas Tech University. I received my masters at the University of Texas at Arlington.

What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?

From a young age, like we are talking five years old, I knew I wanted to be in healthcare. Being the oldest of four siblings I was always trying to be a caregiver to them or bandaging my dolls. Caring for others brings me so much joy and the relationships you build with patients, makes me one of the lucky few who loves her job.

Your role at Faith Community Health System:

I have worked at Faith Community for almost 7 years now. I was the newborn manager the last three years. I loved caring for new life but saw a need for more providers in rural communities that could provide care to all ages of life. I am excited to start the transition to provider at a great facility.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Being surrounded by boys we love to spend our time outside camping, fishing, and hunting. I love good food of all kinds and lucky to be married to a man who is a great cook. We love to travel as a family and make new memories together as often as we can.

Words to the community:

I may not have grown up here, but as soon as I moved here I felt like this is exactly where I belonged. I have fallen in love with the town and the people who live here. When I went back to school, I saw a need for more healthcare providers in rural areas and this was before the pandemic hit. Now I see a community I love and want to take care of no matter what it takes. I am excited to be a part of the Faith team and help care for every generation of patients!

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Diabetes Alert Day is March 23

Faith Community Health System urges the community to learn more about the dangers of diabetes.

With COVID-19 still a threat to the nation, protecting yourself is essential, especially if you have conditions that can lead to severe complications if you are infected with the coronavirus. One of those conditions is diabetes.

Diabetes Alert Day takes place on March 23 this year, and there is no better time to talk with your medical provider about your status, screening options, and how to prevent or better manage the deadly disease.

Observed on the fourth Tuesday in March each year, the American Diabetes Association Alert Day is designed to serve as an awareness campaign to educate Americans about the severe nature of diabetes, primarily Type 2.

Diabetes mellitus is a disease that causes the pancreas to alter insulin production – an important hormone that converts sugar and starches into energy the body needs. If the pancreas cannot produce enough insulin, then the amount of sugar in the blood rises uncontrollably, causing a deadly health risk.

There are three common types of diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association: Type 1, Type 2, and gestational.

Type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease, is when the body does not produce enough insulin, or the cells ignore the insulin produced, causing health issues. Type 2 diabetes is the focus of attention during Alert Day, as it is the type that could cause death.

According to the American Diabetes Association, approximately 2.8 million Texans, or 14.2 percent of the state’s population, have diabetes. Of these, an estimated 663,000 have diabetes but do not know it, increasing their health risk.

Studies show that 6.8 million people in Texas, or 37.2 percent of the adult population, have prediabetes, with blood glucose levels higher than usual but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes.

Common symptoms of diabetes include excessive thirst, frequent urination, drowsiness, itching, blurred vision, excessive weight, tingling in the extremities, fatigue, and skin infections.  Other signs include slow healing of cuts and scratches, especially those on the feet. 

Individuals at the highest risk of diabetes are typically overweight, have diabetic relatives, or are over age 35. Statistics also show that women are at a higher risk for diabetes, as are those with a family history of the disease.

Screening for diabetes is available with a simple blood test. With screening, your medical provider can determine what stage of the disease you have and how you can maintain optimum health.

Diabetes is generally managed through a balanced diet, exercise, and medication. As with other diseases and illnesses, everyone can benefit from a yearly physical.  Screening for diabetes for those who fall in the high-risk categories should be done annually. 

Suppose you or a loved one is living with diabetes and would like more information about caring for yourself and preventing the onset of diabetes-related complications. In that case, the Specialty Clinic at FCHS has a Medicare-certified Diabetes Self-management Education Program.

The diabetes program at FCHS is a collaborative process that provides patients with a one-on-one consultation to develop a diet and exercise program that helps individuals successfully self-manage the disease and its related conditions.

For more information about the accredited diabetes education program, please call 940-567-6633.

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New Orthopedic Surgeon Comes to Jack County

Dr. J. Scott Smith is now seeing patients at Faith Community Health System.

Advanced bone health is now available in Jack County with the arrival of Dr. J. Scott Smith, an orthopedic surgeon who is joining the local team of medical professionals at Faith Community Health System (FCHS).

“We have had orthopedic services on our strategic plan for a couple of years. Being able to bring in Dr. Smith, allows us to fulfill another element of our plan,” explains Frank L. Beaman, CEO of FCHS.

Orthopedic surgeons specialize in the musculoskeletal system’s care, which includes bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

Individuals may want to seek an orthopedic specialist’s care when they begin to experience bone or joint pain. This pain can begin either naturally or through an injury. Other signals that you may need to see an orthopedic specialist include hip or knee pain, pain from joints resulting from arthritis, or ongoing neck or back pain. Injuries, such as bone breaks or fractures, also often require specialized care.

A Colorado native, Dr. Smith has an extensive academic background. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, with a degree in chemical engineering. With a focus on health and medicine, Dr. Smith obtained his medical degree from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical School and completed his residency and fellowship at UCLA in orthopedic surgery.

“When it comes to medical expertise, Dr. Smith continues to go above and beyond, Beaman noted. “He holds many patents on various surgical devices and develops medical software to improve a hospitalized patient’s experience.”

“For me, it is not just about helping patients find relief,” Dr. Smith says. “Healthcare is about improving the quality of outcomes and ensuring patients have a great experience in the process.”

Dr. Smith also has considerable experience treating people with complicated neck and back problems, including those who may have failed previous back surgery. 

“There is always hope with proper medical care,” Dr. Smith adds. “I have found that when you take the time to completely understand a patient’s ailments and any past medical care, there are often new techniques and approaches that can be taken to achieve new outcomes.”

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Frank L. Beaman Appointed to State Committee Representing Rural Hospital Administrators

Frank L. Beaman to share his expertise and experience on a variety of matters.

Faith Community Health System CEO, Frank L. Beaman, has been appointed to serve on the Hospital Payment Advisory Committee and its subcommittee, the Rural Hospital Advisory Committee, as a member representing Rural Hospital Administrators.

“I am honored to participate in such an important advisory committee and to represent the voice of rural healthcare,” says Beaman. “I am aware of the importance of being able to represent those living in rural Texas and the power of having a voice in the discussion. I am confident my expertise, experience, and personal perspective will be an asset.”

The committee’s purpose is to advise the Medical Care Advisory Committee and the Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) on hospital reimbursement matters, including inpatient and outpatient hospital payment rates, other Medicaid supplemental payment programs, and adjustments to disproportionate share hospitals. The committee advises HHSC to ensure reasonable, sufficient, and equitable payments to hospital providers and address rural hospitals’ essential role.

Rural hospitals in Texas and across the United States have long faced challenges, but even more so over the past decade. Hospitals in rural communities continue to struggle with low patient volumes, economic fluctuations, decreased reimbursements and, increased regulatory burden.

Texas leads the nation in rural hospital closures, with 26 having closed permanently since 2010. According to the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals, the upswing in Texas closures in the last decade is primarily driven by $50 million a year in Medicare cuts to Texas rural hospitals starting in 2013 (sequestration, loss of outpatients, Affordable Care Act penalties) as well as more than $80 million a year underpayment by Texas Medicaid. “Hospitals are the cornerstone of care for many communities and sometimes the only source of healthcare for miles,” Beaman explains. “Strengthening the financial viability of rural hospitals and getting a fair reimbursement for care is not only the right thing but an essential thing to do.”

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FCHS Celebrates the Life of Faye Lewis

Obituary for Marion Faye Lewis

Marion Faye Lewis, 63, of Jacksboro, Texas went to be with our Lord and Savior on Saturday, January 2, 2021. She was born on February 26, 1957 in Jacksboro, Texas to Burke David Lewis Jr. and Lee Marion (Fitzpatrick) Lewis.

Faye graduated from Jacksboro High School in 1975. She started working for Faith Community Hospital in 1992 where she worked as an Administrative Assistant. She was loved by so many patients along with coworkers. “Code Sunshine” is what she was best known for at Faith Community Hospital and she will be missed by all that walk through those doors. Throughout her life, Faye was very involved in her community. She was on the Jacksboro City Council from 2008-2013, member of the the Faith Community Hospital Auxiliary for over 30 years and a lover of all Jacksboro athletic events. Above all else, Faye’s love for our Lord was undeniable. She loved the Lord relentlessly and fiercely. She shared her knowledge and love for Jesus by leading a ladies’ Bible study at our local prison. Faye was a member of Christian Mission where she sang in the praise band many times. She had a true voice of an angel. In January 2020, Faye was able to a take trip of a lifetime to Israel with fellow church members. After a long battle with cancer, Faye is now in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ with a new and healed body and greeted with, “well done my good and faithful servant.”

Faye is preceded in death by her parents; nephew, Roland Lewis, and aunt Genevea Flowers.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her children, Nik Lewis and wife Alison, and Keely Howard; sisters, Rosie Lewis and Fina Esparza; brother, Sammy Lewis; grandchildren, Kaleem, Aurelia, Madison, Kealan, Isaac and Hudson; nieces, Kaylea and Edrena; nephews, Myron Lewis, Tacoma Fontaine, Harris Esparza, Jimmy Lee Hicks, Jaylon Clay and Darion Lewis; along with other extended family and countless friends.

Kind Words from FCHS Leadership and Coworkers:

Frank L. Beaman: “We all know that Faye is in a better place and will be greatly missed.  Her charm, warmth and genuine goodness will always be remembered by those she touched.”

Lori McBrayer: “My favorite memories of Fay were when she was working the reception desk at the hospital. She had the most beautiful, warm, loving smile and always made me feel welcome and important. When I would ask about her family she would light up even more and do a little bragging. She loved her family and friends and shared her love for the Lord in her words and actions. I will miss her.”

Kim Lee: “Faye always made me smile each morning when I walked through FCH’s Lobby doors! She was our “Sunshine” and we will miss her.”

Dawn Jones: “I personally think she will be missed greatly  –  she was always such a ray of sunshine – always had a smile on her face even while she was in extreme pain and bad health herself.    She was always upbeat and spilling over with joy.  One in a million.”

Faith Hamblin: “There is not enough words to describe Marion Faye Lewis. She was a beautiful soul that loved and cared for so many in her live time. She was a one of kind person she touched so many lives and she loved everyone.  I am proud to call myself one of her friends and will cherish every memory that we made together. I know myself she is resting in piece singing as one of the Angels above. Love you  Faye  Faye”

Carol Leach: “Faye was an awesome friend-so much fun and could always brighten your day! She loved to gather and pray for anyone that needed it. We are blessed to have had her in my life and had the joy to work with her. She sang at my father’s funeral and that meant so much to me-of course it was beautiful-as always! Rest in peace my friend! Love you!”

Jenell May: “Faye was family to me. From the time that Keely and my daughter Vickie fussed and fought every time they saw each other when they were in junior high. And Faye would have hair cutting parties at Vicky Tillery’s house and even the hospital’s software trainer Ken would come when he was down. OK people we are going back 20 years. Faye had a quote that she used all the time with us, “God will not lead you where his Grace cannot keep you.” Faye was my granddaughter Mercy’s Godmother  and my great granddaughter Ever’s Godmother. Faye and Vicky and I used to make weekend trips to Mexico(no we didn’t do anything illegal) but we did have fun road trips- that was 20 years ago too!! Lee Marion and Burk treated me like one of their own and I loved them too. Faye did not mind me at all, she would not take care of herself.  And one time Faith Hamblin and I went to where she was in the hospital to have a talk with her doctor!! Boy did we straighten him out. LOL Faye didn’t have a lot in material things but she had a lifetime of God, love laughter and song that she shared with everyone she met. You never knew all that Faye was doing. She worked with the City, the Church, the Hospital the school. And one of my best memories was after she messed her knee up doing boot camp! She took Mercy, me and her CANE to a Color Run in Fort Worth we had so much fun and what a mess. That’s not all or near enough Faye I love you admired you and always will.”

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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/