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ETMC Tyler transplant director named president of Texas Transplantation Society
Dr. Steven Potter, ETMC Tyler kidney transplant surgeon and program director, has been elected president for the Texas Transplantation Society

AWAKE support group to discuss sleep supplies
The East Texas A.W.A. K.E. (Alive, Well and Keeping Energetic) support group will meet Thursday, Jan. 23, at 6 p.m.

Leal earns top healthcare management credential
Jorge Leal, FACHE, administrator of ETMC Quitman and ETMC Gilmer, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives

ETMC announces executive retirement, promotions
East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, headquartered in Tyler, has announced the retirement of Jerry Massey, senior vice president of affiliate operations, and the promotion of Perry Henderson

ETMC Pittsburg earns two awards for quality care, patient satisfaction
ETMC Pittsburg was recently named the winner of two awards for excellence in patient care and satisfaction.

ETMC tree lighting celebrates transplant program
East Texas Medical Center Tyler will celebrate its 26th annual Christmas tree lighting on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 5 p.m.

ETMC Quitman wins award for quality, excellence
ETMC Quitman has been named a 2013 recipient of the Commitment to Quality and Excellence Award

ETMC Olympic Center canned food drive benefits East Texas Food Bank
To help fight hunger in East Teas this holiday season, the East Texas Medical Center Olympic Center is partnering with the East Texas Food Bank

Trick or Treat – this is the treat of a lifetime
The Simsfamily received the treat of a lifetime Thursday, October 31st, at ETMC with the arrival of a baby boy at 5:44 a.m.

ETMC offers free seminar on back pain
ETMC will offer a free KnowledgeFirst Forum Tuesday, Nov. 12, at noon in the ETMC Pavilion in Tyler

ETMC Sleep Center receives program reaccreditation
The East Texas Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center in Tyler recently received program reaccreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

East Texas surgeon inducted into Texas Surgical Society
Dr. David Young, surgeon with East Texas Vascular Associates in Tyler, was inducted as a new fellow into the Texas Surgical Society

Leal named administrator of ETMC Quitman
Jorge Leal has been named administrator of ETMC Quitman, ETMC Senior Vice President for

Robicheaux named senior administrator of ETMC Pittsburg, northern hospital group
J. Warren Robicheaux has been named senior administrator of ETMC Pittsburg and

ETMC rehabilitation hospital is reaccredited
The ETMC rehabilitation hospital's inpatient rehabilitation program for adults has been reaccredited by the Commission

ETMC offers free seminar on women’s health
ETMC will offer a free KnowledgeFirst Forum Tuesday, Oct. 22, at noon in the ETMC Pavilion in Tyler

Henderson High School students learn about careers in healthcare
ETMC Henderson and Henderson High School, students in the health science class will have the opportunity to learn about careers in healthcare firsthand.

Dr. Duncan to present at Texas Surgical Society
S. Edwin Duncan, MD, vascular surgeon with East Texas Vascular Associates in Tyler, will present the presidential address

ETMC recognized in national magazine report
East Texas Medical Center Tyler received recognition in the August issue of U.S. News for performing at the level of nationally ranked best hospitals

ETMC Clarksville re-designated Level IV trauma center
ETMC Clarksville has been re-designated a Level IV trauma center by the Texas Department of State Health Services.  The state conducted a survey

ETMC Mount Vernon re-designated Level IV trauma center
ETMC Mount Vernon has been re-designated a Level IV trauma center by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Breast cancer survivors invited to free retreat at ETMC
The ETMC Breast Care Center is holding a free, one-day retreat for breast cancer survivors on Friday, Oct. 4

Local Residents Called to Contribute to Historic Cancer Research Effort
Residents of Smith and surrounding counties have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer

Bell Golf Tournament and Golf Ball Drop to benefit ETMC’s cancer outreach
Registration for the 13th annual Henry M. Bell, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament is now under way

ETMC Pin-A-Sister to host free breast health summit
East Texas Medical Center Pin-A-Sister is hosting a free breast health summit for those interested in breast health

ETMC offers free seminar on prostate cancer
ETMC will offer a free KnowledgeFirst Forum Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 5:30 p.m. in the ETMC Pavilion in Tyler on prostate cancer presented by Dr. Andrew Roberts with the ETMC Urology Institute.

ETMC unveils corporate history in conjunction with Texas A&M
A host of healthcare and community leaders celebrated the introduction of "First in East Texas:  the history and legacy of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System" today.

ETMC Tyler adds advanced surgical X-ray system
Manufactured by Fujifilm, FDR Go is a mobile digital X-ray system that displays images in seconds from the surgical environment

Community celebrates opening of new hospital in Quitman
Community members joined with representatives of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System and the Wood County Central Hospital District today to celebrate the opening of the new, state-of-the-art ETMC Quitman.

New ETMC Quitman to open Monday, July 15
Hospital team members will begin the move-in process immediately following the community open house on Sunday, July 14

First in state to test new treatment for blocked heart vessels
East Texas cardiologists are the first in Texas to implant an investigational bioresorbable vascular scaffold - similar to a stent except it eventually dissolves - for patients with heart disease

Public invited to community celebration for new ETMC Quitman
Residents of all ages from across Wood County and beyond are invited to attend a community celebration

ETMC Quitman donor wall honors charitable giving
Charitable giving is a cornerstone of support for the not-for-profit ETMC Regional Healthcare System

ETMC Crockett Volunteers award scholarships
The ETMC Crockett Volunteer Auxiliary has awarded $1,000 scholarships to three area students

Elizondo awarded first Homa W. Boren Nursing Scholarship
Minerva Elizondo, a 2013 graduate of Henderson High School

ETMC Gilmer ranks third in the nation for ‘best physician communication’
ETMC Gilmer ranked third on a list of hospitals from across the nation with the "best physician communication"

ETMC names new vice president for human resources
The East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System has named David Langston as the new vice president for human resources.

ETMC Tyler receives national recognition for treatment of stroke patients
ETMC Tyler is being recognized in U.S. News and World Report magazine as a 2013 gold plus achievement award winner for the treatment of stroke patients.

ETMC Diabetes Boot Camp now taking applications
Enrollment is now open for children age seven to 13, with type one diabetes, for the annual free ETMC Diabetes Boot Camp.

Dr. Potter named to national kidney transplantation committee
Dr. Steven Potter, ETMC Tyler transplant surgeon and program director, has been elected by his peers to the United Network of Organ Sharing (UNOS) Kidney Transplantation Committee

ETMC EMS earns accreditation for all nationwide operations
ETMC EMS, five Paramedics Plus divisions in major metropolitan areas nationwide, has announced CAAS accreditation in all five of those divisions

The Boren Nursing Fund to give nursing scholarships
ETMC Henderson has announced a new scholarship fund that will assist area students who wish to pursue a nursing degree and career.

ETMC honored for eye donations
ETMC Tyler received a decade of service award from Transplant Services Center

ETMC Henderson presents clinical excellence award
Sarah Moake, RN, CMSRN, was presented the Sue Malone Award for Clinical Excellence in Nursing during the annual ETMC Henderson service awards banquet

UT Tyler College of Nursing Sponsors Heart Health Summit
Nursing faculty at The University of Texas at Tyler will participate in a women's heart health summit for East Texas Medical Center.

ETMC Junior Volunteer scholarships announced
ETMC Tyler recognized its volunteers and junior volunteers during the annual ETMC Tyler Volunteers awards luncheon

Phase III construction, renovation begins at ETMC Fairfield
The East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, in partnership with the Fairfield Hospital District, is funding the nearly $3.7 million project.

ETMC Tyler receives grant award from Komen
The Tyler Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure has awarded grants totaling $252,748 to East Texas non-profit organizations for breast health education

Dr. Edwin Duncan named president of Texas Surgical Society
S. Edwin Duncan, M.D., vascular surgeon with East Texas Vascular Associates in Tyler, was installed as 2013-2014 president of the Texas Surgical Society

ETMC Henderson awarded accreditation from The Joint Commission
ETMC Henderson has once again earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission

ETMC Tyler adds daVinci Si Surgical System
East Texas Medical Center Tyler has added the da Vinci® Si Surgical System to make it easier to treat a variety of procedures with greater benefits

East Texas Optimism Walk for Parkinson’s disease
OPTIMISM is the focus of this year's annual American Parkinson Disease Association East Texas OPTIMISM Walk 2013 scheduled May 4th at the Rose Rudman Recreational Trail in Tyler.

New administrator for ETMC Mount Vernon named
Jamie-Crystal Wylie has been named administrator of ETMC Mount Vernon, ETMC Senior Vice President for Affiliate Operations Jerry Massey announced today.

ETMC Gilmer earns designation as Level III stroke support center
The Texas Department of State Health Services has designated ETMC Gilmer a Level III stroke support center.

3-stage bicycle race comes to East Texas.
The CyberKnife of Texas Stage Race is a 3-stage event which will be on April 6 and 7 around Lake Tyler, Whitehouse and Tyler Junior College.

ETMC Henderson Sleep Disorders Center earns re-accreditation
The ETMC Sleep Disorders Center in Henderson recently received program re-accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine

TrueBeam radiotherapy now at ETMC Cancer Institute
The East Texas Medical Center Cancer Institute now offers the most advanced generation of cancer radiotherapy called TrueBeam,™ which provides more noninvasive options for treating complex cases

ETMC welcomes new trauma medical director
Stephen Gale, MD, has joined East Texas Medical Center Tyler as the new medical director of trauma services. Dr. Gale graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago in 1996 and completed

ETMC Cancer Institute sponsors ‘Great Getaway’ retreat
The "Great Getaway" retreat gives cancer survivors a chance to relax and refocus and provides opportunities for meeting others who share some of the same concerns associated with living with cancer

ETMC Tyler receives THA’s 2012 Excellence in Community Service Award
The East Texas Medical Center Tyler has been selected to receive the Texas Hospital Association's 2012 Excellence in Community Service Award in recognition of its highly successful

ETMC Tyler adds breakthrough MRI
East Texas Medical Center Tyler has added the latest imaging system to give physicians sharper images and patients a faster exam time

ETMC Pittsburg expanding surgery department
Representatives from ETMC Pittsburg, the Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce and members of the construction team joined together today to break ground

New administrator named for ETMC Clarksville
Matthew Wylie has been named administrator of ETMC Clarksville, ETMC Senior Vice President for Affiliate Operations Jerry Massey announced today.

ETMC offers free heart health fair
The East Texas Medical Center Cardiovascular Institute will hold a free heart health fair on Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 8-11 a.m.

ETMC Tyler Earns ACR Accreditation
ETMC Tyler has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography (CT) at the ETMC Olympic Plaza

Program combines education, exercise to help CHF patients
ETMC Fairfield recently launched a program designed to help patients suffering from congestive heart failure manage the disease

Less invasive hip replacement surgery at ETMC Henderson
A less invasive approach toward hip replacement surgery is now available in Rusk County at ETMC Henderson, offering patients

ETMC unveils new helicopters
The East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System unveiled today two new emergency transport helicopters, valued at over $9 million, to provide

ETMC Trinity team members help victims of Hurricane Sandy
ETMC Trinity Physician Assistant David Price and his wife, Radiology Technologist Connie Price, recently returned from a two-week stint in New York helping victims of Hurricane Sandy.

ETMC Trinity pediatrics benefit from wagon donation.
ETMC Trinity is the recipient of two bright red wagons donated by Radio Flyer as part of a program administered by Starlight Children's Foundation to improve the hospital stay of youth and their families


2012 Stories

ETMC Tyler Olympic Center recognized
The Medical Fitness Association recognized the ETMC Tyler Olympic Center's Forward Motion program with a third place program innovation award during their annual awards ceremony and conference in New Orleans.

ETMC Home Health recognized as top performer
ETMC Home Health today announced that it has been named a Top Agency of the 2012 HomeCare Elite™, a compilation of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

ETMC laboratories reaccredited
The ETMC Tyler and ETMC South Broadway laboratories have been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologist (CAP) based on a recent on-site inspection.

ETMC Physician earns national certification
Stephen Rydzak, MD, internal medicine physician with ETMC First Physicians, has earned the designation of Certified Wound Specialist Physician® from the American Board of Wound Management.

ETMC Henderson receives 'Exemplary Five Star Award'
Criteria for the award include timeliness of releasing birth certificates to the state, accuracy of birth certificates, training through the state's vital statistics conferences

ETMC tree lighting celebrates 25 years
The 25th annual ETMC Christmas tree lighting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 27, with Whitehouse elementary student Jason Ackerly lighting the tree

Free seminar on the treatment of Parkinson's and essential tremor
Dr. George Plotkin will discuss deep brain stimulation, the risks and benefits, and how therapy has helped patients with Parkinson's disease and essential tremor to gain some

ETMC Olympic Center food drive benefits East Texas Food Bank
To help fight hunger this holiday season, the East Texas Medical Center Olympic Center is partnering with the East Texas Food Bank for a canned food drive

ETMC Tyler transplant program honored with national award
East Texas Medical Center Tyler's kidney transplant program was honored recently at the Seventh National Learning Congress

Community celebrates completion of ETMC Fairfield expansion project
Completion of the second phase of an expansion project at ETMC Fairfield was celebrated with a community ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony

ETMC OneChart transforms coordination of regional healthcare
ETMC Tyler launched OneChart to create a paperless, fully integrated electronic health record for hospital patients

New EMS bicycle response team, first 'save', first day
ETMC EMS bicycle response teams include 12 experienced paramedics and EMTs who meet certain physical fitness standards, possess superior cycling skills

Dedication ceremonies for new facilities at ETMC Fairfield on Oct. 11
The public is invited to attend dedication ceremonies for new facilities at ETMC Fairfield Thursday, Oct. 11

CyberKnife approved to treat prostate cancer at the ETMC Cancer Institute
Four CyberKnife treatments have been shown to be as effective as 40 treatments of intensity modulated radiation

Crockett mayor proclaims nuclear medicine week
Celebrated during the first full week of October, Nuclear Medicine Week encourages community members to take pride

Flu vaccinations available in Trinity
The ETMC First Physicians clinic in Trinity will offer walk-in flu vaccinations

Flu vaccinations available in Crockett
ETMC First Physicians clinic in Crockett will offer walk-in flu vaccinations

New ETMC EMS bicycle response team debuts
ETMC EMS will debut its new bicycle response team this week at the East Texas State Fair in Tyler

Early heart attack detection device implanted
Physicians at the ETMC Cardiovascular Institute have implanted the AngelMed Guardian cardiac monitor and alert system in a Tyler man

2012 ETMC Golf Ball Drop results
The golf ball drop was held just prior to tournament play on the afternoon of Sept. 17 at Willow Brook Country Club

2012 ETMC Pink Ribbon Getaway
The ETMC Breast Care Center is holding a free, one-day retreat for breast cancer survivors

2012 Henry M. Bell, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament
Henry M. Bell, Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament with proceeds to benefit East Texas Medical Center's cancer outreach

ETMC Crockett donates school supplies
ETMC Crockett presented a packet filled with school supplies to each school district represented by

ETMC Crockett to host blood drive
ETMC Crockett will host the Carter BloodCare Mobile Unit during the Back-to-School blood drive.

ETMC Crockett improves Pyxis system
The upgrade to the medical distribution stations will provide nurses and medical professionals

New general manager named for ETMC EMS
Neal Franklin has been promoted to general manager of the ETMC EMS East Texas service area

ETMC Crockett Volunteers hold book sale
ETMC Crockett volunteer book sale will benefit the volunteer's scholarship fund

Junior volunteers learn unique skills at ETMC Crockett
Junior volunteers worked in ETMC Crockett admitting, radiology, medical records

ETMC Tyler transplant director named to state board
Dr. Steven Potter, ETMC Tyler kidney transplant surgeon and program director, has been named secretary-treasurer for the Texas Transplantation Society

AWAKE support group meets at ETMC Pittsburg
The East Texas A.W.A. K.E. (Alive, Well and Keeping Energetic) support group will meet Tuesday, Sept. 4

ETMC offers free seminar on fall prevention
ETMC will offer a free KnowledgeFirst Forum on fall prevention Tuesday, Aug. 14

ETMC Crockett Volunteers donate supplies
Volunteers give donations to the various departments within the hospital.

ETMC Crockett to hold blood drive
ETMC Crockett will host the Carter BloodCare Mobile Unit on Thursday, Aug. 23

Volunteer Auxiliary at ETMC Crockett holds a sale
ETMC Crockett Volunteer Auxiliary will hold a sale featuring gently used books and jewelry

$30 million project completed at ETMC Henderson
Completion of a $30 million expansion and renovation project at ETMC Henderson

Public invited to community celebration for 'new' ETMC Henderson
Area residents of all ages are invited to attend a community celebration

ETMC wins national marketing awards
ETMC has won several national marketing awards including two "Telly" awards and two "Asters" for materials produced by the marketing department

ETMC offers new communication system for patients
Ensuring clear and effective communication for all patients is the goal behind the adoption of the NexTalk Video Remote Interpreting system

ETMC Trinity patients settling in to new patient wing, surgery department
Since the $7.4 million expansion project at ETMC Trinity, hospital staff have been busily admitting patients

Junior volunteers learn at ETMC Crockett
Five teens will spend six weeks in June and July volunteering in various departments at ETMC Crockett

ETMC First Physicians clinic in Trinity utilizes NexTalk communication system
The ETMC First Physicians clinic in Trinity recently utilized NexTalk, a system that allows

ETMC Crockett Volunteer Auxiliary announces winners
The ETMC Crockett Volunteer Auxiliary has announced the seven recipients of its annual high school student scholarships.

ETMC Crockett holds disaster drill
It was about 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, when ETMC Crockett team members were notified that a disaster drill was underway in the emergency department.

ETMC Quitman swing bed program allows patients to recover close to home
Patients in need of ongoing monitoring or rehabilitative care now can receive treatment close to home

ETMC Crockett presents employee service awards
Service Awards for extended tenure werepresented to several employees during festivities

ETMC Crockett recognized for contributions
ETMC Crockett was one of the many organizations and individuals recognized

ETMC Crockett recognizes employees
As part of the festivities celebrating Hospital Week and Nurses Week

Parkinson's Team 2012
  The ETMC team for the 2012 Parkinson's Optimism Walk gathers at Rose Rudman on April 28. See more pictures on our Facebook page.

ETMC Jacksonville team wins the Literacy Council Spelling Bee
  ETMC Jacksonville team members Sam Barron, Dana Hail and Susan Dudley triumphed 

$7.4 million expansion project completed
Completion of a $7.4 million expansion projectat ETMC Trinity, resulting in a beautiful new 15

ETMC EMS awarded accreditation for dispatch center
East Texas Medical Center EMS has earned accreditation as an Emergency Medical Dispatch Center of Excellence

Clay Keith named Sue Malone Award recipient
Clay Keith, BSN, RN, PCCN, was presented the Sue Malone Award for Clinical Excellence in Nursing

Jack Endres named TORCH’s Gordon Russell Merit Award winner
Jack Endres, administrator of ETMC Jacksonville, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Gordon Russell Merit Award

ETMC Cancer Institute receives national award
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has

ETMC recognizes volunteer workforce
East Texas Medical Center Tyler will recognize its volunteersand award scholarships to junior volunteers

New test identifies Alzheimer's hallmarks
A new imaging procedure at ETMC will help doctors' pinpoint key differences between Alzheimer's

East Texas Optimism Walk 2012 for Parkinson’s disease scheduled April 28 in Tyler
Optimism is the focus of this year's annual American Parkinson Disease Association

ETMC Cancer Institute sponsors ‘Great Getaway’ retreat
East Texas cancer survivors can participate in the East Texas Medical Center Cancer Institute's annual "Great Getaway" retreat April 24-26

ETMC offers state-of-the-art testing in diagnosing types of movement disorders
DaTscan™, a test newly available at ETMC, is expected

ETMC staff hosts Easter Egg hunt
CROCKETT, TEXAS - The employees, staff and volunteers of East Texas Medical Center

ETMC Crockett/Head Start host health fair
ETMC Crockett/Head Start host health fair

ETMC First Physicians clinic in Fairfield shines in recent TVFC site survey
The ETMC First Physicians clinic in Fairfield scored far above the state's goal for childhood immunization

Plans unveiled for new ETMC Quitman
Plans for a new $35 million ETMC Quitman facility

ETMC Crockett volunteers host jewelry show
ETMC Crockett volunteers will host the semi-annual Masquerade $5 Jewelry Sale on Tuesday, April 3.

ETMC Breast Center expands mammography services at ETMC CCL
A fixed digital mammography unit has been added to the services of ETMC Cedar Creek Lake

ETMC Sleep Center Pittsburg receives program accreditation
ETMC Sleep Center Pittsburg recently received program accreditation from the American

First Patient from ETMC enrolled in New St. Jude medical trial
The East Texas Medical Center Cardiovascular Institute has enrolled its first patient in a new trial

Robicheaux named administrator of ETMC Quitman
Warren Robicheaux has been named administrator of ETMC Quitman

Less invasive hip replacement surgery now available at ETMC Jacksonville
A less invasive approach toward hip replacement surgery is now available in Cherokee County only at ETMC Jacksonville

ETMC Carthage temporarily suspends OB program after loss of physicians
The recent loss of two OB physicians has led ETMC Carthage to temporarily suspend maternity services

Dave Bailey named ETMC Mount Vernon administrator
Dave Bailey has been named administrator of ETMC Mount Vernon

Brett Kirkham named ETMC Trinity administrator
Brett Kirkham, who has led ETMC Mount Vernon for nearly two-and-a-half years, has been named the administrator of ETMC Trinity

General surgeon joins ETMC Crockett team
ETMC Crockett has announced thatBoard Certified General Bob Carlson, MD, FACS

ETMC Crockett welcomes new resident for 2012
Houston County's newest resident and the first baby of 2012 was born at ETMC Crockett Birthing Center

New CT software reduces radiation dose, provides high quality images
Patients at ETMC Jacksonville are benefitting from the addition of new CT software that reduces radiation exposure by an average of 40 percent

ETMC Athens New Year's baby 2012
The ETMC Athens new year's baby was born at 8:41 a.m. Jan 1, 2012, weighing 5


2011 Stories

ETMC Henderson earns distinguished certification for newborn hearing screening program
ETMC Henderson's newborn hearing screening program has received distinguished certification

ETMC Trinity is decorated with the Christmas story
Words have been used to decorate ETMC Trinity this holiday season.

ETMC Rusk Emergency Department receives award
East Texas Medical Center Rusk has been named 2011 South West IV Facility of the Year by the Schumacher Group.

ETMC dedicates Ellis Trauma Center
Today, Dec. 13, East Texas Medical Center Tyler celebrated visionary leadership as its emergency center is named the Elmer G. Ellis Trauma Center

ETMC Crockett welcomes new emergency department director
Mike Wyman, RN, has been named emergency department director at ETMC Crockett.

ETMC Crockett welcomes new emergency department director
Mike Wyman, RN, has been named emergency department director at ETMC Crockett.

Leal appointed chairman of THA Leadership Development Council
Jorge Leal, administrator of ETMC Gilmer, has been appointed chairman

ETMC Breast Center extends mammography services to Fairfield
Dr. Michael Klouda, medical director of the ETMC Breast Center in Tyler, will now interpret mammograms performed at ETMC Fairfield

ETMC tree lighting kicks off holiday season
East Texas Medical Center Tyler will celebrate its 24th annual Christmas tree lighting on Tuesday, Nov. 29, with former trauma patient  

Casas named chief nursing officer at ETMC Henderson
Miguel Casas has been named chief nursing officer at ETMC Henderson.

ETMC Henderson installs new higher resolution MRI
Patients and physicians at ETMC Henderson now can access one of the newest

ETMC Athens Auxiliary recognized for hours, gifts given
One of the most giving organizations in Henderson County has to be the ETMC Athens Auxiliary.

Harvest dinner nets $4,221 for nursing scholarships
ETMC Clarksville volunteers’ annual Harvest Dinner earned a total of $4,221

ETMC Clarksville honors 11 for service
Eleven employees at ETMC Clarksville were honored on Nov. 1 for their service to the hospital

Ladies Night Out benefits ETMC Athens mammography fund
Women who attend Wulf Outdoor Sports’ Ladies Night Out celebration have the opportunity to combine a great time with a great cause

Fairfield emergency department sneak preview Nov. 17
In celebration of National Rural Health Day, the public is invited to a community open house

New surgical department pleases ETMC Athens docs and patients
 New surgical department pleases docs and patients  

ETMC volunteers from across East Texas create new cookbook
ETMC volunteers from across East Texas have contributed their favorite recipes to a new cookbook

East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System goes mobile with iTriage
East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System has expanded its presence in the growing mobile market through a partnership with iTriage®

ETMC First Physicians clinic in Pittsburg to extend hours to evenings, Saturdays
Beginning Monday, Nov. 7, the ETMC First Physicians clinic in Pittsburg will extend its hours

New outpatient clinic offers coagulation monitoring services
Providing Pittsburg-area residents in need of coagulation monitoring a local option

ETMC brings high resolution magnetic resonance imaging to Tyler with the Ingenia 1.5T system
ETMC Tyler has announced that patients and physicians in the region can now access...

New OB rooms at ETMC Athens generate praise
ETMC Athens is eager spread the word about its eight new LDRP rooms.

Hospitalist works to improve patient care at ETMC Gilmer
Dr. Ilanko Upendran came to Gilmer in 2003 to work at the ETMC First Physicians clinic

ETMC Athens Breast Care Center re-accredited by state
The radiology department at ETMC Athens received expected but still very welcome news

Nursing students hold bake sale
Angelina College School of Vocational Nursing students held a bake sale at ETMC Crockett on Friday, Sept. 16.

Athens OB department almost ready to deliver larger rooms
The OB department at ETMC Athens is experiencing a few birthing pains. Metaphorically, that is.

ETMC water bottle donation
ETMC donated 600 bottles of water to the Smith County Fire Marshal's office

ETMC Bell Golf - Golf Ball Drop Winners Announced
Here are the winners from ETMC's Golf Ball Drop

ETMC junior volunteers assist with pediatric emergency needs
This summer, 45 teens from the Tyler area provided community service and made a lasting impact as members of the ETMC Junior Volunteer

ETMC Crockett state-of-the-art radiology department initiates scheduling system
On Monday, Sept. 12, the state-of-the-art radiology department at ETMC Crockett initiated an advanced

Breast cancer survivors invited to free retreat at ETMC
The ETMC Breast Care Center is holding a free, one-day retreat for breast cancer survivors

ETMC along with Amazing Little Hearts of East Texas offers free forum for parents of chronically ill children
ETMC will offer a free KnowledgeFirst Forum on caring for chronically ill children

ETMC EMS names new director of operations
ETMC EMS has named Neal Franklin as the new director of operations

ETMC Mount Vernon invests in facility, systems improvements
ETMC Mount Vernon has invested more than a million dollars in facility and systems improvements over the past two years.

ETMC names new vice president for EMS
East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System has named Ron Schwartz

Radiation exposure from CT scans reduced an average of 40 percent at ETMC Athens
Richard Vasquez is very excited about what’s happening in his department at

ETMC Cancer Institute reaccredited
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons

ETMC's stroke care program recertified as primary stroke center
ETMC Tyler’s stroke care program has been recertified as an Advanced

Crockett Surgeon Re-Elected Speaker of TOMA House of Delegates
Crockett general surgeon Ray L. Morrison, D.O., FACOS, has been re-elected Speaker

Regional health information network under way
FirstNet Exchange, a Tyler-based organization, has received a grant from

ETMC wins national marketing awards
ETMC has won several national

Telepharmacy allows greater pharmacist access, enhanced patient care at ETMC Pittsburg, ETMC Mount Vernon
Communicating via video link was once a thing of science fiction movies

Clarksville physicians provide 45 free screenings to local athletes
Forty-five athletes from Clarksville Independent School District were

“We are here for our patients 24/7”
CLARKSVILLE, Texas —   Years ago, patients expected to travel to large cities for advanced radiology procedures.

ETMC Athens bike helmet giveaway
ETMC Athens participated in a bike helmet giveaway recently.

ETMC now offers online mammogram scheduling
ETMC is the first hospital system in East Texas to offer complete

ETMC Crockett to observe Men’s Health Week
ETMC Regional Healthcare System team members, including ETMC Crockett, ETMC EMS, ETMC Home

Construction, renovation complete on hospital emergency department
Construction and renovation of the emergency department at ETMC Henderson is

ETMC Tyler performs four kidney transplants this week
The ETMC Tyler Kidney Transplant Center performed one transplant Monday

Retired police officers walk across Texas to raise money for cancer patients-update
   Retired Tyler police officer Allan Crosby and his sister, Audrey Crosby Spies, a retired Bowling Green, Ky., and former Tyler police officer, walked across Texas this spring in memory of their sister and to raise money to help East

ETMC Crockett Home Health presents disaster preparedness
ETMC Home Health Marketing Representative Jennifer Patton, RN presented

ETMC honored for eye donations
ETMC Tyler was recognized May 5 by Transplant   

New ETMC Athens ER and ICU open doors
The sparkling new emergency department at ETMC Athens opened its doors to patients Tuesday morning

ETMC Crockett celebrates nursing week
On Friday, May 6, ETMC Crockett will join the American Nurses Association in celebrating...

ETMC Crockett staff hosts Easter Egg hunt
Learn about the incredible Crockett egg hunt

George M. Plotkin, MD, to speak on Parkinson's
The ETMC Neurological Institute will hold a free forum on Wednesday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m.

ETMC offers free forum on the warning signs of stroke
A free KnowledgeFirst Forum on stroke, is coming up Thursday, May 5.

Hamilton leads ETMC Mount Vernon emergency department
Dr. Mark Hamilton's strives to provide a caring, safe emergency department environment...

CME publication
Harden co-authors diabetes article.

Retired police officers walk across Texas to raise money for cancer patients
Retired Tyler police officer Allan Crosby and his sister, Audrey Crosby Spies...

Meet the people of ETMC Crockett - Dawn Lambright
ETMC First Physicians clinic Manager Dawn Lambright...

John Roland named emergency department director
Some people seem to thrive on pressure.As a high school quarterback in Rockwall

Meet the People of ETMC Crockett: ETMC Crockett Microbiology Laboratory Technician Barbara Kurz
ETMC Crockett Microbiology Laboratory Technician Barbara Kurz

Leprechaun visits ETMC Crockett
Employees, patients and visitors at ETMC Crockett enjoyed a special

Meet the people of ETMC Crockett
As a supervisor in the Business Office, Kay Hardy has been employed by the hospital for 19 years.

WCCHD Board votes to explore replacement hospital
 The Wood County Central Hospital District (WCCHD) Board has agreed to grant the East Texas Medical Center

ETMC Cardiovascular Institute introduces MRI-friendly pacemaker for East Texans
ETMC Tyler was recently the site of the first East Texas implantation of an MRI-friendly pacemaker

Hospital emergency department moves to new quarters
The emergency department (ED) at ETMC Henderson now occupies new quarters as part of the hospital’s ongoing expansion project.

‘Great for the entire community’
It turns out that ETMC Athens and Trinity Valley Community College make quite a team.

Wulf Outdoor Sports donates $10,000
  For the second year, Wulf Outdoor Sports has given the ETMC Athens Mammography Fund a generous gift.

Cancer Treatment extended to Athens
ETMC Athens provides the setting for cancer diagnosis and treatment

ETMC Tyler reaccredited as a national Chest Pain Center
ETMC Tyler reaccredited as a national Chest Pain Center

Tyler transplant program honored
ETMC Tyler's kidney transplant program was honored last week at the Sixth National

Henderson mammography
The comprehensive diagnostic services of the ETMC Breast Center have been extended to Rusk County

Wound care
Dr. Lutz certified in wound care.

ETMC Cancer Institute in Athens dedicated
The ETMC Cancer Institute in Athens, which closed its doors this past summer

ETMC Athens, TVCC partner to create remote nursing class
It turns out that ETMC Athens and Trinity Valley Community College make quite a team.


2010 Stories

2010 Volunteer Celebration
   ETMC administrators and volunteers pose during the annual volunteer luncheon held recently at Willow Brook Country Club. Participants donned shades for a Hollywood theme with guest speaker Gary Cogill, entertainment reporter for WFAA TV in Dallas. View more pictures

A basketful of hope
When the idea was floated among members of the ETMC Athens WOW! team

Athens Auxiliary celebrates another year of service
Members of the ETMC Athens Auxiliary recently held their annual awards luncheon, where members celebrate and recognize the many hours

Children get free bicycle helmets in May
Two ETMC First Physicians clinics in Center and Carthage will participate in the Texas

Construction begins at ETMC Henderson
Beginning Monday, June 7, the emergency room entrance at ETMC Henderson will be closed and all ER traffic will be directed to the hospital’s main entrance on Wilson Street.

Digital mammography now available
 New digital mammography equipment just installed at ETMC Fairfield offers clearer images of the breast, taken in less time.With the purchase of the Selenia™ digital mammography system from Hologic®, ETMC Fairfield provides the same technology used in leading breast imaging

Dr. Jean Latortue achieves certification as an American Board of Family Medicine diplomate
Dr. Jean Latortue, a family medicine physician at the ETMC First Physicians clinic

Dr. Ronald J. Donaldson honored at Neuro Focus symposium
Dr. Ronald J. Donaldson is honoroed

Education program equips patients to manage diabetes
ETMC Henderson's diabetes education program helps educate patients on disease management.

ETMC Athens ER visitors to enter through covered walkway
With the two-year construction project at ETMC Athens now well under way, visitors have

ETMC Athens launches $32.4 million expansion
When the doors to ETMC Athens officially opened in 1986, throngs

ETMC Behavioral Health Center honored by THA
East Texas Medical Center Behavioral Health Center in Tyler is being honored as a long-time member of the Texas Hospital Association.

ETMC Breast Center extends mammography services to Henderson
The comprehensive diagnostic services of the ETMC Breast Center have been extended to Rusk County

ETMC Breast Center extends mammography services to Pittsburg
The comprehensive diagnostic services of the ETMC Breast Center have been extended to Pittsburg, with the addition of all new digital mammography technology at ETMC Pittsburg. The Selenia™ digital mammography system from Hologic® incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides exceedingly

ETMC Breast Center extends mammography services to Pittsburg(2)
The comprehensive diagnostic services of the ETMC Breast Center have been extended

ETMC Cancer Institute sponsors “Great Getaway” retreat
East Texas cancer survivors can participate in East Texas Medical Center Cancer Institute’s annual “Great Getaway”

ETMC EMS donates defibrillators
Camp Tyler is receiving two automated external defibrillators (AEDs) thanks to a donation from

ETMC EMS receives national accreditation
ETMC EMS joins an elite group of emergency providers to receive

ETMC EMT's Heroism Leads To Award, New Family
Brandon Porter of ETMC EMS has earned a statewide EMT award for his heroism

ETMC Gilmer upgrades X-ray equipment, facilities
 Gilmer, Texas – Faster, safer, more comfortable – these are just a few of the words that describe the recently renovated X ray room at ETMC Gilmer.  

ETMC Jacksonville employees honored
ETMC Jacksonville honored employees reaching milestone anniversaries with the hospital at the annual service awards dinner, held Thursday, April 22. Employees honored included Mary Murphy, 40 years of service Debbie McCaslin, 35 years Ruth Regehr, 30 years Jeff King, Ron

ETMC physicians obtain credential in emergency medicine
Three ETMC physicians, Dr. Bob Creath, Dr. Lee Roseand Dr. Bill Moore, are now

ETMC Pittsburg marrow registry drive
ETMC Pittsburg and Be the Match at Carter BloodCare will host a marrow registry drive July 20.

ETMC plants living Christmas tree in Arbor Day event
In the spirit of Arbor Day, East Texas Medical Center Tyler planted a living Christmas tree on April 30

ETMC ribbon cutting held for Frankston clinic
ETMC recently opened its new clinic in Frankston

ETMC ropes course named program of the year
  ETMC’s Behavioral Health Changing Courses Ropes program has been selected as program of the year by the Texas Experiential Resources Association. ETMC received the award during TERA’s annual conference in April. Ropes facilitators are Jim Whitaker, Patricia Evans, Jason

ETMC transplant surgeon elected to national organ sharing board
Dr. Steven Potter, ETMC Transplant Program Director and surgeon, has been elected to represent Texas

ETMC Trinity breaks ground on new patient wing, hospital entrance
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on Monday, April 26, in celebration

ETMC Tyler completes milestone in kidney transplantation
The ETMC Tyler Kidney Transplant Center has reached a significant milestone by completing 500

ETMC Tyler opens new parking garage
A new $20 million, six-level parking garage with over 950...

ETMC Tyler transplant program honored at the Sixth National Learning Congress
East Texas Medical Center Tyler’s kidney transplant program was honored last week

ETMC wins national marketing awards
ETMC has won several national marketing awards including three national

ETMC Wound Healing Center physician earns board certification
Dr. Shawn Pierce has passed his board examination for Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine which gives the ETMC Wound Healing Center, three board certified physicians. Pierce has been with ETMC since 2005 and is also certified in family practice. He completed

MASH Out Cancer team wows Relay for Life event
MASH Out Cancer team members and ETMC Crockett volunteers were out in force Friday night, May 21, for the Annual Relay for

Monitoring system becomes operational in ETMC Crockett birthing center
Things were all abuzz in the ETMC Crockett birthing center on Tuesday, May 18, as a new state-of-the-art monitoring system that provides attending physicians and nurses critical

Running…on anything but empty
When most people think about taking a morning jog, they have a trip around the block in mind.

Tree Lighting
See our lighting pics and more.

We're growing
Since ETMC Athens kicked off its ...


2009 Stories

A giving tree at ETMC Athens
Each year, members of the ETMC Athens Auxiliary put up a beautiful tree in the lobby of the hospital. It’s

Advanced 64-slice CT scanner added at ETMC Fairfield
  Technology, rarely found in rural hospitals, will help to diagnose certain diseases earlier and offer more effective treatment   

Athens Cancer Center to become second ETMC Cancer Institute location
ATHENS, Texas The Athens Cancer Center, a radiation oncology center that has served cancer patients from Henderson County and beyond since 1998, has been purchased by the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System, effective earlier this month.While the name

Brett Kirkham named assistant administrator at ETMC Mount Vernon
Perry Henderson, senior administrator of ETMC Mount Vernon, has announced that Brett Kirkham has been named the hospital’s assistant

CCL Leadership class visits ETMC Cedar Creek Lake
The Leadership Class of the Cedar Creek Lake Chamber of Commerce recently visited ETMC Cedar Creek Lake to learn more about healthcare services in the area. Presentations about the service of the ETMC system were followed by a facility tour

Dixie Wine Co. supports ETMC Jacksonville’s mammo outreach
Women in the Jacksonville area with special financial needs may now benefit from a special gift of caring from Dixie Wine Company.

EMT's heroism leads to award, new family
What began as a chance meeting following a horrifying incident nearly 10 months ago, led

ETMC Athens honors its volunteers
     Over 100 volunteers attended the annual Christmas breakfast recently thrown by the hospital to honor ETMC Athens Auxiliary members. Pictured here are (from left) Jean Mettetal, Bill Turner, Wanda Kinney, Robert Allen, Imogene Higgs and Assistant Administrator Adam

ETMC Athens offers unsurpassed technology
Richard Vasquez is a man with a message, and he shares that message with deeply-held sincerity.

ETMC Athens welcomes first baby of the New Year
 By Toni Garrard Clay Little Jeorge Luis Fernandez may not have been born on New Year’s Day, but he still managed to achieve first baby of the year status at ETMC Athens with a January 2 arrival. The beautiful boy

ETMC Breast Care Center extends mammography services to Lake Palestine
The comprehensive diagnostic services of the ETMC Breast Care Center have been extended to Lake Palestine, with the addition of all-new digital mammography technology, at ETMC Lake Palestine.

ETMC Breast Center extends mammography services to Carthage
The comprehensive diagnostic services of the ETMC Breast Center have been extended to Carthage

ETMC Breast Center extends mammography services to Jacksonville
The comprehensive diagnostic services of the ETMC Breast Center have been extended to Jacksonville, with the addition of all new digital mammography technology at ETMC Jacksonville. The Selenia™ digital mammography system from Hologic® incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides exceedingly

ETMC construction projects on schedule
Construction of 72 new rooms for ETMC Tyler is right on schedule. 

ETMC EMS division wins ambulance contract in Indiana
Paramedics Plus, the for-profit division of East Texas Medical Center EMS

ETMC EMS division wins Florida Governor’s award
Paramedics Plus, an organization owned and managed by East Texas Medical Center EMS, has received the 2009 Governor’s Sterling Award, the highest recognition possible for performance excellence awarded by the state of Florida. “This award is significant to the people

ETMC First Physicians Clinic ribboncutting held
Ribboncutting ceremonies were held May 27, 2009, during

ETMC Henderson brings specialty physicians to local patients
Residents of Henderson and surrounding areas now have access to medical specialists close

ETMC Henderson parade float wins first place
ETMC Henderson's military-themed Christmas parade float,

ETMC Jacksonville wins spelling bee
   Photo courtesy of the Jacksonville Daily Progress ETMC Jacksonville spelling bee team members Dana Hail, Sam Barron and Lacey Overstreet spelled their way to victory at the Jacksonville Literacy Council's annual spelling bee on May 6. After several elimination

ETMC Physician receives board certification
Dr. Evans Smith has passed the examination

ETMC Pittsburg recognized for 50 years AHA membership
ETMC Pittsburg celebrated 50 years of membership American Hospital Association

ETMC sponsors support group for burn victims
A new support group for burn victims is being offered each month at ETMC Tyler. The purpose is to help burn survivors and family members deal with problems uniquely associated with the recovery process. Support group meetings are held the

ETMC Trinity WOW! event feeds 14 families
What started as an event to thank ETMC Trinity employees for

ETMC Tyler celebrates construction topping out
A years old tradition was carried out at ETMC Tyler on January 13, with a topping out ceremony at the construction site for the two new stories being added to the north tower 

ETMC Tyler deemed a mother-friendly workplace
East Texas Medical Center Tyler has joined a growing number of cutting-edge Texas businesses

ETMC Tyler designated a Primary Stroke Center by the state
ETMC Tyler designated a Primary Stroke Center by the state

ETMC Tyler fitness center recognized by national fitness association
The Medical Fitness Association recognized the ETMC

ETMC Tyler honored as top eye donor
ETMC Tyler was recently honored as a top source of cornea donations

ETMC Tyler lab reaccredited
East Texas Medical Center Tyler’s laboratory has been

ETMC Tyler receives national recognition for treatment of stroke
ETMC Tyler has been recognized as a silver annual performance award winner for the treatment of stroke patients. The American Heart Association is spotlighting ETMC and other hospitals in the July issue of U.S. News and World Report. Listed hospitals

ETMC Tyler welcomes first baby of new year
ETMC Tyler welcomed its first baby of the New Year at 12:42 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2009.

ETMC Wound Healing Center director honored
ETMC Wound Healing Center Director Melissa Sikes has been honored as Program Director of the Year

H1N1 causes record numbers at ETMC Athens ER
Plenty has been written and said about the H1N1 flu virus: don’t panic

Henderson Memorial Hospital, ETMC sign affiliation agreement
Officials with Henderson Memorial Hospital and the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare

Henderson Memorial Hospital, ETMC sign letter of intent
Officials with Henderson Memorial Hospital and the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System have announced that a letter

Jorge Leal named ETMC Gilmer assistant administrator
Perry Henderson, senior administrator of ETMC Gilmer, has announced that Jorge Leal

Ruth A. “Raz” Cook receives ACHE Regent’s Award
Ruth A. “Raz” Cook, FACHE, administrator at ETMC Fairfiel


2008 Stories

Amir Ahmed available for appointments in Pittsburg
Amir Ahmed, MD, gastroenterologist, is offering digestive disease services

Boutique owner partners with ETMC to help make mammograms available
For three years now, Kathy Means has focused on the month of October

Community reception at ETMC Athens to celebrate benefits of breastfeeding
Rhonda Hardin is passionate about extolling the benefits of breastfeeding. So with World Breastfeeding Week

CT room enhancements completed
ETMC Mt. Vernon has completed renovations to its CT room and replaced its previous unit with a Phillips Mx8000 Dual EXP CT, which will enhance patient care at the hospital.According to the CT’s manufacturer, Phillips, “The Mx8000 Dual offers the

DEXA bone density screening now available
ETMC Fairfield has installed a Hologic DEXA unit

Dr. Katrina Duplechain now seeing patients in Van
Van residents needing to see an internal medicine physician now have the convenience of scheduling these appointments at the ETMC First Physicians

Duty calls again
 Will Conley is a wanted man. As the lead technologist in nuclear medicine at ETMC Athens 

East Texas Therapet Dog Inducted Into Texas Animal Hall of Fame
An East Texas Therapet dog is being inducted this month into the Texas Animal Hall of Fame. Aida, a golden retriever, is being honored for her work as a therapy dog throughout East Texas.

Endres Elected to Statewide Board of Trustees
Jack R. Endres, FACHE, administrator of ETMC Jacksonville,

ETMC Athens battles to lower number of dangerous skin infections
Around the first of the year, Debbie Gardiner received a thick packet from the state’s health services department. The contents of the packet consisted of page after page of information to be shared with area schools on how to prevent

ETMC Athens works to ensure nurse-friendly environment
Chief Nursing Office Rebecca Powell knows a simple truth about promoting excellent care at ETMC Athens happy nurses are more likely to have happy patients. With that in mind, she and Nurse Quality Director Michelle Whittenberg worked with others for

ETMC Cancer Institute reaccredited with commendation
The Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons has granted its three-year approval with commendation to the cancer program at the East Texas Medical

ETMC Cardiovascular Institute adds new Live 3D Echo
The ETMC Cardiovascular Institute has a new tool to aid cardiologists in diagnosis and planning. ETMC has acquired East Texas' first Live 3D TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram) probe. Phillips' Live 3D TEE imaging provides more perspectives of the heart, including the

ETMC Cardiovascular Institute adds new Live 3D Echo(2)
The ETMC Cardiovascular Institute has a new tool to aid cardiologists in diagnosis and planning. ETMC has acquired East Texas' first Live 3D TEE (transesophageal echocardiogram) probe. Phillips' Live 3D TEE imaging provides more perspectives of the heart, including the

ETMC Crockett introduces sleep lab services
Do you find yourself becoming sleepy during the day? Do you doze off while reading, watching television or during other quiet activities? Have you been told you snore excessively? Take a sleep questionnaire Sleep is essential to your mental and

ETMC EMS ambulances equip the fleet with new technology
East Texas Medical Center EMS has added new technology to its fleet of ambulances to keep the units on the leading edge of emergency care. Enhancements include power stretchers, back up cameras and sensors, climate controlled drug boxes, and IV

ETMC First Physicians Clinic construction progressing
Construction to create a new 7,132 square feet First Physicians Clinic adjacent

ETMC offers new treatment option for Peripheral Arterial Disease
   The ETMC Cardiovascular Institute now offers the Diamondback 360°™ Orbital Atherectomy System treatment option for people suffering with Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). “The device pulverizes plaque that builds up on the inside walls of the blood vessels that carry

ETMC Quitman’s Terry Dickey, RN, FNP-BC receives award for Nurse Practitioner Excellence
Terry Dickey, RN, FNP-BC, of the ETMC First Physicians Clinic in Quitman, was honored

ETMC Sleep Disorders Center in Tyler earns reaccreditation
The East Texas Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center in Tyler recently

ETMC Tyler Wound Healing Center Achieves Reaccreditation
The ETMC Tyler Wound Healing Center has achieved "A Level One Reaccreditation with Distinction" as a clinical hyperbaric medicine facility. "Under the team leadership of medical director Dr. Stephen Rydzak and director Melissa Sikes, this stellar group of professionals obtained

ETMC Tyler’s Echocardiography Laboratory receives accreditation
ETMC Tyler’s Echocardiography Laboratory was granted accreditation

ETMC’s Air 1 helicopter program re-accredited
ETMC’s Air 1 emergency helicopter program has been re accredited. ETMC Regional Trauma Director Judy England says this honor was awarded after a full review and a site visit this summer by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Transport Systems

First Choice presents $20,000 check to Diabetes University
ETMC Vice President of Materiel Management/FirstChoice Cooperative Freddie Sanchez, presents

Gastroenterology, women’s health specialists seeing patients at ETMC Mt. Vernon Specialty Clinic
Two specialists in gastroenterology and one in women’s health have expanded their practices to care for patients at the ETMC Mt. Vernon

GI specialist Dr. Amir Ahmed available for appointments in Gilmer
Amir Ahmed, MD, gastroenterologist, will be available for appointments in Gilmer

Governor appoints Wallace to state board
Gov. Rick Perry announces the appointment of Patrick Wallace to the state board of the Office of Rural Community Affairs. Wallace, who has served as administrator of East Texas Medical Center Athens for 20 years, was appointed to a term

Jack Endres named ETMC Jacksonville administrator
Jack Endres, who has served as ETMC Jacksonville’s interim administrator since February 11, has been named administrator of the hospital, ETMC Senior Vice President for Affiliate Operations Jerry Massey announced today. “Jack is a strong leader who is committed to

Jane D. Todd, M.D. to join ETMC First Physicians
CENTER, Texas – Longtime Shelby County physician Dr. Jane Todd has 

Lymphedema management now available in Crockett
Kathy Curless, OTR, CLT, an occupational therapist at the ETMC Rehabilitation Center in Crockett, has completed studies to become a certified lymphedema therapist. Ms. Curless is now certified to perform manual lymph drainage and complete decongestive therapy for lymphedema patients.

New Fairfield Hospitalist program enhances patient care
ETMC Fairfield will enhance the care offered to its hospitalized patients

New speech therapy program aims to help Parkinson’s patients
ETMC Outpatient Rehab is now offering a program called Lee Silverman 

New tool broadens stroke treatment options
A sophisticated set of new tools – the Penumbra SystemTM — at ETMC Tyler has dramatically broadened the treatment options for stroke patients. Offered through the ETMC Neurological Institute, the Penumbra System™ can help save the lives of stroke patients

Panola College, ETMC Carthage Celebrate New Nursing Simulation Lab
Ribbon cutting ceremonies were held recently in celebration of a new nursing simulation lab in Carthage, the result of collaboration between Panola College and ETMC Carthage. The lab, comprised of two rooms in the hospital’s monitored care unit, will offer

Raz Cook to chair Texas Hospital Association’s Rural Hospital Constituency Council
Ruth A. “Raz” Cook, FACHE, administrator of ETMC Fairfield, has been named chair of the Texas Hospital Association’s

Robert Vanmeter of Longview received an incredible gift for his recent 60th birthday
Robert Vanmeter of Longview received an incredible

Scouts at Clements Scouts Ranch enjoy visit from Air 1
It’s a beautiful, sunny winter’s day at the Clements Scout Ranch, southwest of Athens. Just inside the main entrance of the ranch, a few dozen boy scouts are enjoying a pick up game of football on an expanse of open

Staying abreast of technology
There’s great news for women across Henderson County:

Study by ETMC physician links pesticides and Parkinson's
A recent study by physicians and researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and an East Texas Medical Center physician indicates

Therapet Program receives Samsung Donation
Samsung Electronics donated $10,000 to

TJC, JEDCO, hospitals join to form nursing program in Jacksonville
The Jacksonville Economic Development Corporation (JEDCO), Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics and East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System have announced an agreement to provide funding and a home for a Jacksonville nursing instruction facility, to be operated by

Transplant Services Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center as a member of the “Leadership Circle”
    Art Chance, ETMC Tyler Vice President of Operations Cherie Martin, ETMC Tyler Vice President of Patient Services Elmer G. Ellis, ETMC President CEO Claude Furqueron of Arp (cornea recipient) Victoria McNeel, UT Southwestern Medical Center and Bob Evans,


2007 Stories

Advanced 64-slice CT scanner added at ETMC Pittsburg
 Technology, rarely found in rural hospitals, will help to diagnose certain diseases earlier and offer more effective treatment If your loved one needed the highly detailed images provided by a 64 slice CT scanner to diagnose an illness, how far

Carthage gets 64-Slice CT
If your loved one needed the highly detailed images provided by a 64-slice CT scanner to diagnose an illness, how far would you travel?

Digital mammography comes to ETMC Quitman
The ETMC Cancer Institute is pleased to announce the expansion of full field digital mammography services to Quitman, effective January 2008.

ETMC Athens distributes medication cards throughout Henderson County
Don't leave home without it ETMC Athens distributes medication cards throughout Henderson County

ETMC Athens offers medley of childbirth, childcare classes
Rhonda Hardin is passionate about helping people care for children whether that be before or after a child's birth. Hardin, an OB and breastfeeding educator at ETMC Athens, wants to get the word out about a laundry list of classes

ETMC Carthage welcomes new pediatrician
CARTHAGE, Texas Pediatrician Prakash Malviya, MD, a new ETMC First Physician, has joined the medical staff at ETMC Carthage. Dr. Malviya holds board certification in pediatrics from the American Board of Pediatrics. He comes to Carthage after spending 15 years

ETMC Carthage Well Child Clinic now
Children's preventive healthcare needs, including well child exams, immunizations, and physicals for sports, camp or daycare,

ETMC completes record number of catheterization procedures
The ETMC Cardiovascular Institute recently reached a milestone by performing a cardiac catheterization on patient number 25,000.

ETMC named Most Wired for eighth year
ETMC has again gained national recognition for leadership in bringing medical communications and information technology to the people of East Texas.

ETMC Quitman adds faster fluoroscopy equipment
New fluoroscopy equipment in the radiology department at ETMC Quitman will offer imaging patients faster studies with much higher image quality. The new equipment, manufactured by Shimadzu, is used especially for taking real time, moving images of the digestive system

ETMC Quitman ends OB program due to physician team relocation
QUITMAN, Texas The relocation of one of the two physicians who provide obstetrical services at ETMC Quitman has led to the decision to close maternity services at the hospital, effective December 31, according to Chris Stipe, ETMC Quitman chief executive

ETMC recognized for high organ donation rate
 ETMC Tyler was one of 392 hospitals recognized for increasing organ donation rates. 

ETMC screens 1,500 plus men for prostate symptoms
East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System screened 1,502 men during the ninth annual free prostate cancer screening. Every summer during June, ETMC offers free PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood tests to East Texas men at risk. The blood test

ETMC Tyler adds ortho surgery navigation system for pinpoint accuracy
A new system is providing knee replacement surgery patients with state of the art accuracy in the ETMC Tyler surgery department. When patients undergo knee replacement surgery with the Ci� System from DePuy, a Johnson & Johnson company, surgeons now

ETMC Tyler earns Level 1 Trauma Facility redesignation
East Texas Medical Center Tyler has been redesignated by the Texas Department of Health as a comprehensive Level I trauma facility.

ETMC Tyler recognized by AHA for stroke care
ETMC Tyler is recognized as a silver-award-inner for stroke care by the American Heart Association

ETMC wins two statewide trauma awards
ETMC received two statewide honors at the annual emergency medical services awards banquet recently.

Mullins joins ETMC First Physicians in Quitman
ETMC Quitman is pleased to announce that nurse practitioner Shelbi Mullins, MS, RN, FNPC

Neuro Institute welcomes new coordinator
Kelly Pierson recently joined the ETMC Neurological Institute as the

New emergency department “whiteboard” to improve patient care at ETMC
ETMC Tyler is using new technology to accelerate patient care in the emergency department.

OB Clinic at ETMC Athens good for mom and baby
Several years ago, the staff in the ETMC Athens OB department became aware of a growing problem.

Plans unveiled for a new ETMC Pittsburg
Posted 11 7 2007 PITTSBURG, Texas During groundbreaking ceremonies this morning, officials with the East Texas Medical Center Regional Healthcare System announced plans for a new $38 million East Texas Medical Center Pittsburg facility, which they estimate to be completed


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