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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says after the first delivery of coronavirus vaccines were administered, the county is now waiting for a new shipment of vaccines.  A task force is developing a plan for the procedures in providing the next round of vaccines, whenever they may come.  According to the Texas Division of Emergency Management COVID-19 Vaccine Availability website, the vaccines w

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says so far the number of flu cases is down this year, possibly because so many people are observing precautions because of the coronavirus, as well as many people receiving the flu shot.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the Hunt Regional Board of Directors has tabled a proposal to convert the Emergency Center in Commerce into an urgent-care center, which would not be open 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week.  Otherwise, Kim says she believes many people continue to avoid seeking medical care during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, reflects on a story about a new program led by Texas A&M in which telemedcine kiosks are placed in rural communities, such as Cameron, north of Bryan-College Station.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, reflects on an article describing the stress that emegency-room nurses and other personnel are feeling after months of working during the coronavirus pandemic.  The article recommends that nurses be required to reveive regular counseling.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, discusses the steps involved when a person is tested for the coronavirus.  She says Hunt Regional is now able to test individuals for antibodies.  Kim says all visitors to Hunt Regional facilities receive a brief medical check-up when entering the building to see if they may have coronavirus symptoms.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says more testing for the coronavirus is now available, through Hunt Regional Medical Center, the emergency centers, and local medical labs.  Hunt Regional is asking for retired health-care professionals to volunteer to help in the emergency.  Also, Hunt Regional has a link on its web page to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) self-checker for coronavirus.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the emergency centers have been prepared to handle situations that may arise related to the coronavirus.  She says they have received numerous calls from concerned people in Hunt County, but unless someone has traveled to China recently, there is little reason to fear contracting the virus.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the incidence of flu is very high in Hunt County, much greater than last year, but the peak of the season is expected within the next few days.  Also, Kim says the ER centers contact patients after they are released to see if they understood their instructions or need any further help.  She was reacting to a story about a Massachusetts emergency center that that started

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is affecting numerous small children in the Northeast Texas area.  It's similar to a cold, but with worse respiratory symptoms, such as mucus in the nose and throat.  It's generally not life-threatening.  Kim offers some suggestions for treatment.  And she says she has s

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, comments on Hunt Regional's recent regognition for its 100 percent performance in the Hospital Preparedness Program conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, and Stacy Stevens, director of surgical services with the Hunt Regional Medical Center, discuss the new Mako robtic system for knee surgeries at the Greenville hospital.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, credits the Bargain Box in downtown Commerce with providing exceptional service Hunt Regional Healthcare, including the recent purchase of a transport monitor,  costing about $7,000, and providing continuous monitoring of patients as the move from one location to another within the hospital.  Kim also discusses servi

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says we're now nearing the height of the flu season, but there's still time to get a flu shot.  Even if the shot does not prevent you from getting the flu, Kim says it will lessen the effect of the flu.  And Kim says

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, urges parents to have their children receive flu vaccinations.  Hunt Regional recently issued a news release advcoating for vaccination.  Kim says that the Centers for Disease Control  reports 185 children (12 and under)

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says she has seen a rise in violence directed against emergency-roon doctors and nurses in her career, but she says Hunt Regional and other hospital organizations have established "zero-tolerance" policies against violence, which have helped deal with the problem.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says urgent care clinics are a good alternative to the emergency room for non-life-threatening medical problems, and the cost of urgent-care treatment is much lower. 

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, comments on a recent article, "Six Things ER Doctors Tell Their Friends."  It includes advice for visits to the emergency room, such as have a 2-3 sentence statement prepared in answer to the question, "What brings you here today?"

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, comments on an emergency-planning guide provided by Hunt Regional, which includes recommendations for preparing an emergency-supplies kit, making a family emergency plan, and educating yourself on government emergency procedures.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says they're seeing a rise in flu cases and also strep.  She recommends that everyone get the flu shot, even though reports say it is not very effective this year.  Kim says if you get the shot, and do get the flu, it will be a milder, shorter case.  Kim also discusses an article on

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Derek Price of Greenshoot Media and Hunt County Public Art says the organization is accepting proposals for public art projects from local artists through Friday, September 29.  Hunt County Public Art pays the artists for the projects, which so far have included murals and sculptures.  One of the projects is a mural at the Hunt Regional Emergency Center in Commerce, a wildflower mural by Debora Schubert Lytle.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the local emergency centers do see cases of opioid abuse.  She says it's important that opioid medications -- such as oxycodone or fentanyl -- not be prescribed for relatively minor pain trouble.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, discusses the recent re-opening of the cardiac catheterization lab at the Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville. With the new cath lab, Hunt Regional will be able to able to care for patients suffering a heart attack who otherwise would have to be taken to another facility. 

 

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Medical Centers of Commerce and Quinlan, discusses the causes of stress and depression that may affect college students as the new school year begins.

Hunt Regional Home Care has earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says less than two percent of home health agencies across the country earned the five-star rating.

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The director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, Kim Saenz, says it is common for senior citizens taking medications to make mistakes, causing a visit to the emergency room.  Kim says the average senior citizen in taking 17 medications, making the task of taking them all correctly challenging.  But she says the use of blister packs labeled by the day, and other packaging improvements, have cut down on the number of medication-taking errors.

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Caleb Slinkard, editor of the Herald-Banner and the Commerce Journal, reports the Hunt Regional Emergency Center in Commerce is targeted to open May 18, with an open house scheduled the evening of May 17.  And Caleb discusses  the rising water level at Lake Tawakoni, which, at least for the time being, will save the city of Greenville from having to install a new intake pump equipment.