National Hospital Week: Where health comes first


National Hospital Week 2020 highlights the adage of every hospital, health system and person involved in keeping our communities healthy—that health comes first. Now more than ever, this important week gives us all the opportunity to highlight our hospitals, health systems and health care workers and the innovative ways they are supporting the needs of their community members during this pandemic.

With that in mind, this year’s celebration of hospitals, health systems and health care workers is taking the form of “A Week of Thanks,” during which time people can participate from the safety and comfort of their homes while health care heroes go to work fighting against COVID-19. Join us and say thanks via social media, or call someone you love who is serving on the frontline.

Thank you, health care heroes!


• Excellence in Nursing Award—Katie Harrington, Med-Surg

• Advancing & Leading the Profession Award—Ashley Ross, ER

• Clinical Care Award—Robb Sexton, ICU

• Rookie of the Year Award—Darlynn Montgomery, Med-Surg

• Executive Choice Award—April Gammill, infection control


For the safety and health of the community and our ministry, CHRISTUS Health is screening all associates and visitors to our hospitals to help lessen the risk of infectious disease transmission among our patients, associates, and guests.

• One entrance to hospital through Emergency Department 24/7,

• One visitor per patient,

• Visitors must be between the ages of 16 and 65 years old,

• All visitors are screened at the door, including a temperature taken,

• All associates are screened at each shift, including a temperature taken,

• Visiting hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (subject to change), and

• All hospital visitors are required to wear a mask. Visitors should bring their own mask; homemade cloth masks are acceptable.


Workforce fatigue is known to contribute to increased errors, unsafe decision-making and other negative outcomes for patients and associates. Through the generous donation of Candy and Jimmy Jones and in conjunction with the hospital’s Healthcare Foundation, we are now able to provide a renewal room for our hospital associates.

The goal is to allow 5-15 minutes of uninterrupted times so staff can “disconnect to reconnect.” Staff have access to a massage chair, lounge chair, yoga mat, balancing ball, music, sand garden, water therapy and many other items to counter stress and compassion fatigue. We appreciate the Jones’ and the Foundation’s substantial support!


CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Urgent Care at 1339 South Broadway St. in Sulphur Springs is temporarily closed. Anyone needing to be seen by a physician may walk-in at CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic Primary Care at 105 Medical Plaza, or to schedule, call 903-885-3181.

If you are showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19, call our COVID-19 Hotline at 800-458-4559, Option 9, to be screened and instructed on how to proceed. As always, if it is emergent, present to the Emergency Room or call 9-1-1.

We want to reassure our patients that CHRISTUS Trinity Clinic and CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital continue to be a safe place to receive your care, and we encourage you to follow up with your regular health care needs. For any reason you cannot come into the clinic, or do not feel comfortable, virtual visits and telephone visits are available. Contact your provider to discuss all of the many options for accessing care.


Being out of work does not mean you are out of options. At CHRISTUS Health Plan, they are here for you with low-cost plans you can enroll in today. Get in touch, and they will walk you through your options.

Pass this message along to a friend or relative who has recently lost a job or experienced another Qualifying Life Event (QLE) to help them get an affordable health plan of their own. Call 844-282-3025 and a representative will be happy to assist you.