Health Care and Wellness Initiatives in Tyler, TX

By Barbara Biehler on November 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm EST
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Health care and fitness are top priorities in Tyler. With state-of-the-art medical facilities and special community fitness initiatives, Tyler residents can be assured health and wellness needs will be well met within their local community. 

East Texas Medical Center Tyler 

Established in 1951, East Texas Medical Center Tyler is the primary referral facility of the East Texas Medical Center Regional Medical System, which currently serves more than 300,000 local Texas residents in 14 ETMC area hospitals. ETMC Tyler, working in conjunction with other regional hospitals and clinics within the system, has the ability to provide continuing care for patients who have had specialized treatment and diagnostic procedures at the hospital and want to return to their local community for recovery or follow up. 

As the flagship hospital in this health care organization, ETMC Tyler has the region’s first and only Level I trauma center, meaning the hospital must adhere to the highest standards in the nation. This includes the 24-hour on-campus presence of a trauma surgeon as well as having the most advanced technology available to treat trauma patients. 

The 464-bed EMTC Tyler also features advanced cardiovascular, neurological, obstetrical and cancer care as well as acute rehabilitation, orthopedic, diagnostic and other services. Since 1991, the ETMC Cancer Institute consistently gained approval from the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Cancer Surgeons, placing the hospital among the elite top 25 percent of the nation’s hospitals with approved cancer programs. 

Mother Frances HospitalTyler

Located in the heart of downtown Tyler, Mother Frances Hospital Tyler is a 404-bed acute care facility that has served the local community for over 75 years. This hospital, part of the Trinity Mother Frances Hospital and Clinics system, provides premium health care services, including trauma and emergency medical services, routine or specialized medical and surgical care, advanced neurological, orthopedic and cardiac care and much more. It is also home to Tyler’s only neonatal intensive care unit. 

For the second consecutive year, Mother Frances Hospital Tyler was named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals of 2012 by Thomson Reuters, an organization that provides information and solutions improving the quality and cost of health care. All of these qualities make this hospital a top draw for area patients. 

“The Trinity Mother Frances Hospital System includes six hospitals and 36 clinics with 39 medical specialties,” says Darin Szilagyi, Senior Vice President for Trinity Mother Frances Hospital and Clinics.  “Mother Frances Hospital Tyler, the city’s first, has offered outstanding medical care since 1937. With over 4,000 employees, we are the county’s largest employer and we also have the area’s only freestanding heart hospital, The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital, which opened this year.”

University of Texas Health Science Center

The only academic medical institution and health science center in East Texas, the

University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler

operates more than 20 outpatient clinics, a 109-bed hospital and an emergency care center. UTHSCT also provides research, residency and graduate programs, and nursing and medical education.

The UT Health Science Center at Tyler offers education and treatment for multiple areas of specialty care. Its commitment to pulmonary and heart disease, however, has earned the center national recognition. HealthGrades recently ranked UTHSCT among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for pulmonary care. And in 2010, UTHSCT received HealthGrade's Pulmonary Care Excellence Award and a five-star rating for treatment of pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In 2011, UT's Health Science Center opened its state-of-the-art Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center, integrating cancer care with teaching and research. The cancer center is located within UTHSCT's new Academic Center, which includes classrooms a spacious auditorium and a new library.

Texas Spine and Joint Hospital

Leading the way in proactive, patient-focused pain management service is Texas Spine and Joint Hospital, which holds 5-star ratings for joint, knee and spine surgery. A collection of nationally renowned spine and orthopedic physicians use state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose conditions, plan surgeries and preform procedures. The hospital uses every diagnostic tool from simple x-rays to the region's first 3T Digital MRI Machine to identify the causes of pain and discomfort.

The Texas Spine and Joint Hospital was ranked as the No. 7 hospital in the country for spinal fusion by CareChex, a quality rating service. The hospital includes a 20-bed, acute care hospital, an outpatient surgery center and ancillary imaging center. TSJH has a total medical staff of more than 196 and 300 full and part time employees. TSJH operates an Urgent Care Center staffed by orthopedic specialists which is open six days a week and evenings. The center treats such ailments as fractures, sprains, back pain and other joint and bone problems.

Fit City Challenge

Recognizing the devastating effects of obesity on East Texas residents, Tyler Morning Telegraph and community leaders spearheaded an initiative known as the Fit City Challenge aimed at promoting healthier, more active lifestyles. Reporters from the paper seek to educate the community, providing information that highlights programs to inspire and challenge individuals, families, businesses and communities to take charge of their health.

Fit City Challenge, now a valuable online resource with a searchable database, offers everything from informational videos to healthy lifestyle recipes.

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