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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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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, comments on a recent award presented to the hospital district by the state Department of Health for its birth-registration services, including measurements on all birth registration, timeliness, and training of registrars.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says vein finder finders make the task of taking blood from cancer patients and others much easier.  One of the objectives of the recent Bras for the Cause campaign was to provide one or more additional vein finders for Hunt Regional's Lou and Jack Finney Cancer Center.

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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.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, reflects on an article about the growth of free-standing emergency centers.  But Kim says the facilities in Commerce and Quinlan are different from many of them, in that they tend to be for-profit facilities located in upscale suburban areas, whereas the local facilities are run by the public Hunt Regional Healthcare

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.

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Centers in Commerce and Greenville, says one in four deaths of children one to four years old is due to drowning.  Kim says parents and other adults should never be more than an arms length away from children in the water.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says May is both Mental Health Month and Stroke Awareness Month.  "FAST" is the acronym to remember when responding to stroke: "F," take note of facial drooping; "A," be aware of weakness

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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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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the Commerce center is offering lunch at 12 noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The lunch is free for those over 60, and $4 for others.  The meals are provided by Senior Center Resources and Public Transit in Greenville, which also provides transportation.  Call 903-454-1444 the day before to request a ride.

Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says spring travel brings more concern for transmission of the Zika mosquito-borne virus.  On another topic, Kim reflects on a system at a Florida emergency center that has reduced its caseload by 60 percent in four months.

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The Hunt Regional Healthcare Emergency Center in Quinlan has opened, giving the southern part of Hunt County an emergency-care facility to go with the Commerce facility in the northern part of the county.  Kim Saenz will serve as the director of the Quinlan facility as well as the Commerce facility.  She says the new Quinlan emergency center is located at 736 E.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Healthcare Emergency Center in Commerce, discusses reports that emergency room visits are increasing across the country because high insurance deductibles prevent people from seeing primary-care physicians.  Another factor, she says, is the rising cost of medication.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce, discusses an article describing the trend toward rural hospitals closing in favor of emergency centers.  That's the recommendation of the Medicare Payment Advisory Committee, and of course, that is exactly what has happened in Commerce.  Kim also reports on the progress being made on construction of a similar emergency medical center in Quinlan.

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Kim Saenz with the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce says August is National Vaccination Awareness Month.  She says concerns are particularly great that small children be immunized for pertussis (whooping cough) and older teenagers for bacterial meningitis.  Kim says many diseases have been virtually eliminated because of vaccines, and the benefits of vaccinations far outweigh the risks.  She says the

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Kim Saenz, the emergency department director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce, says heat exhaustion and heat stroke are a serious risk in the weather we've been having in Northeast Texas.  She says it's important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water to prevent heat exhaustion in the first place.  It's recommend that you drink about 64 ounces of water a day, unless certain medications make that inadvisable.

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Kim Saenz, the emergency department director of the new Hunt Regional Medical Center at Commerce, says the new facility on Highway 50 has seen a 30% increase in patients over the previous Commerce hospital.  She says more patients are coming from nearby communities such as Campbell and Wolfe City, helping to take pressure off the emergency room at the Hunt Regional hospital in Greenville.