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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, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says even as an upsurge of coronavirus cases is being seen in Hunt County, the number of flu cases is also increasing.  She encourages as many people as possible to take 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, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says they're providing coronavirus testing to people who turn up at the emegency centers, although there are places in Hunt County better suited to provide testing for people without symptoms, such as the office of their personal physician or minor-care or urgent-care facilities.

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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, reflects on an article, "4 Majors Differences Between ICU and Emergency Nurses."  For example, "ER nurses thrive in chaos.  ICU (intensive-care-unit) nurses detest chaos."

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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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The director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, Kim Saenz, says they've seen a 25 percent increase this year in flu cases.  She says they've seen as many as 82 flu cases in a day at the Emergency Center in Quinlan.  She says the flu may continue well into the spring or even the summer, and advises people who have not had a flu shot to get one.  Kim says avoid the pharmacy if you can because that's where people who are sick go to get medicine.

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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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With the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, attention has been focused on emergency care. Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says Hunt Regional conducts regular Hazardous Vulnerability Assessments, or emergency drills, to prepare for likely emergency situations that would hit the area.  The results of the drills are evaluated for their effectiveness. 

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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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A recent survey shows the state of Texas close to the national average in a measurement of preparedness for responding to an emergency.  Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says they recently conducted a drill to prepare for a possible disaster in the area.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths.  But Kim says it is relatively easy to treat if it is found early. She says people with diets high in red meat and/or fried and broiled foods tend to be more at risk for colorectal cancer.

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The director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, Kim Saenz, says the emergency centers have been exceptionally busy treating cases of the flu and strep in recent weeks.  She said the Quinlan center is seeing an average of about 50 patients a day and Commerce just under 40.  But on one day, the Commerce center saw 65 patients.

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