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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6th Annual Shape Up in Faith Wellness Challenge

Join our wellness challenge that creates accountability and produces results!

Shape Up in Faith is a 9-week competition open to all Jack County residents. The event is sponsored  by the FCHS Charitable Foundation and conducted by the Swan Family Wellness Center.

Available in both individual and team competitions, winners in each division can turn their success into cash prizes!

Call for Details: 940-216-2379

Sign Up and Get Started: January 11th at 5am—8pm

Swan Family Wellness Center: 215 Chisholm Trail, Jacksboro

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FCHS Charitable Foundation Receives Generous Donation From Enbridge

Faith Community Health System’s Charitable Foundation would like to say a huge thank you to Enbridge for their generous donation! Your donation to our foundation is greatly appreciated by everyone at FCHS!

Leslie Chalmers, FCHS Charitable Foundation President, is seen here accepting the check from Cameron Short and Will Gregg of Enbridge.

“This year has reminded everyone of the importance of quality healthcare, and especially local healthcare providers, says Cameron Short, Manager at Enbridge. Enbridge works to be a good partner in all the areas we operate. We are proud to support the important services that Faith Community Hospital provides in the Jacksboro community. Thank you for all your great work!”

We cannot thank Enbridge enough for their generosity!

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A Healthy New Year Begins with Planning

Start the New Year off on the right foot with these four essential health tips.

If the past year has taught us anything, it is how important maintaining our health can be. With COVID-19 infections still reaching record levels and the New Year beginning, now is an excellent opportunity to pause and reflect on how we can make health and wellness a top priority.

Just making four key commitments can set you up for a successful year ahead when it comes to your health. These commitments include being COVID-smart, including a fitness regimen, incorporating diet and nutrition, and seeing your healthcare provider.

COVID-19 remains a threat

The coronavirus continues to dominate headlines as the pandemic continues to pose grave threats, especially for those in at-risk groups.

As we enter the New Year, everyone must continue to practice safety measures. In addition to social distancing, wearing a face-covering while in public or when around others from outside your household is an easy and critical measure to protect yourself and others.

Additionally, frequent handwashing, especially after coughing or sneezing, caring for sick people, or after handling animals, can help reduce the spread of germs, viruses, and other illnesses.

While a couple of vaccines have either been approved or are in the process of being approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), widespread availability is not likely for a few months. In the meantime, to protect yourself from COVID-19, all the protective measures that have been all too common for nearly a year are still encouraged.

Get moving

Studies show that more than 60 percent of all adults are not active, and half of the teenagers in the U.S. lead a sedentary lifestyle. Lack of fitness can have many negative health consequences, including heart disease, high blood pressure, colon cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, diabetes, depression, and moodiness.

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.

A well-balanced fitness program should focus on all aspects of your body, no matter your abilities. Cardio, strength training, and core fitness routines should be integrated.

Make smarter decisions when it comes to nutrition

Proper nutrition provides you with the 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 unsure 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 appointment.

The Internet is filled with many resources to help create delicious – and simple – meals that are healthy and nutritious. Not too comfortable with cooking, but are still interested in creating healthy meals? YouTube can be an incredible resource with free cooking videos based on your interests.

More importantly, removing “junk food” from your home is a great way to start the New Year. Discarding candies, chips, soft drinks, and other wrong food items can help curb your urge to reach for unhealthy snack options. In lieu, consider picking up more fruits, vegetable sticks, and other healthy snack options.

Do not forget about preventative healthcare

Many people put off visiting with their primary healthcare provider over the last 10 months because of COVID-19 fears. Now, more than ever, staying on top of your health is crucial.

If you do not remember the last time you visited your primary care provider for an annual physical, then you are past due. These comprehensive assessments are imperative to ensure you remain in the best health possible.

Besides the physical checkups, your medical provider will typically request several lab screenings to check for things such as your blood glucose and cholesterol levels and ensure you are up to date on essential immunizations. Depending on your age, gender, and risk levels, cancer screenings might also be ordered as a preventative measure.

Most lab work and routine cancer screenings can be completed locally at Faith Community Health System’s in-house clinical laboratory and imaging departments, handling most physician requests.

Annual checkups are covered by Medicare and most private insurance providers with no co-pay.

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Faith Community Hospital Recognized for Commitment to Maternal Health and Safety

The state applauds the local medical center for ongoing initiatives to improving patient experiences.

Faith Community Hospital (FCH) has recently been awarded a certificate of recognition from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for their participation and commitment to the TexasAIM Plus initiative.

“Being recognized by the state for the hospital’s commitment to maternal health and safety underscores our mission to bring superior healthcare to the greater Jack County region,” says Frank L. Beaman, CEO of Faith Community Health System (FCHS). “While the ongoing pandemic has rightfully demanded much attention and resources, we still have not lost sight of other needs in the communities we serve.”

TexasAIM is a partnership between DSHS, the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health, and the Texas Hospital Association to help hospitals and clinics carry out maternal safety projects. The initiative’s goal is to end preventable maternal death and severe mortality.

There are two participation options in the TexasAIM program: Basic and Plus.

Basic participation in the TexasAIM initiative grants the hospital access to: educational events; tools; communications; networking opportunities; essential technical assistance and support; and the AIM Data Portal to track progress in implementing the AIM Maternal Safety Bundles.

TexasAIM Plus participation provides hospitals with all the benefits of Basic participation plus: facilitated learning; sharing and collaboration; individualized technical assistance; rapid access to resources; information and innovations; peer-to-peer mentoring; and guided support from experts in maternal health and safety and in quality improvement.

“Complications can arise and with TexasAIM we have implemented policies and procedures that have allowed us to catch these complications earlier and respond effectively and efficiently,” explains Jessica Coker, B.S.N, R.N., neonatal director at FCHS. “This program has been the pinnacle to our team and how we practice because it has saved lives in our community.”

The award coincides with Faith Community Health System having just achieved Level 1 Maternal Designation status and the renewal of Level 1 Neonatal Designation status.

“Through all our initiatives, we have seen the protocols and practices put in place save the lives of our patients. That will always be our priority,” says Brandi Bennett, B.S.N., R.N., maternal director at FCHS. “We have seen the things we have learned and implemented on our unit change the lives of patients and their families in our community. At the end of the day, we can go home knowing we made a difference.”

To learn more about the FCHS Maternity Center and  obstetrics services, please visit www.fchtexas.com or call 940-567-6633.

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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/