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Tyler Residents Are Met With Cutting-Edge Health Care and Compassion

No matter the ailment, Tyler residents can find the care they need from the region’s trifecta of award-winning hospitals.

By Patsy B. Weiler on September 14, 2021

Baylor Scott & White Texas Spine & Joint Hospital

Located on Roseland Boulevard in Tyler, this hospital specializes in treating the whole patient, not just the pain. The $27 million state-of-the-art facility uses 21st-century technology to provide the latest in noninvasive and surgical pain relief procedures, annually performing more than 7,000 surgeries and 15,000 pain management interventions.

It is also home to an innovative health and wellness center that focuses on outpatient physical therapy, osteoporosis care and human performance and nutrition.

The hospital earned U.S. News & World Report’s highest possible honor in both joint replacement and spine surgery – but patients can also attest to its high-quality care. After months of increasing pain and decreasing mobility, an active Betsy Mowery, 68, found herself struggling to get out of bed to take her dog for a walk.

“I suffered with significant degenerative disc disease and had surgery for lumbar spine fusion in January 2021,” Mowery says. “I’m a nurse anesthetist and have seen doctors in action all the time in the operating room. You want to go somewhere where the treatment is specialized and they do the same procedure time after time.”

Mowery appreciated being able to get her pre-surgery MRI and physical therapy at one location.

“Communication was outstanding,” she says. “My problem was fixed, and I’m back to my normal activities.”

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UT Health East Texas

UT Health East Texas is dedicated to providing comprehensive, quality care and advanced technology. It offers a network of 10 hospitals, emergency care, rehabilitation, EMS and more than 75 clinics. UT Health Tyler, which offers a Level 1 trauma facility, an accredited chest pain center and a comprehensive stroke center, is a 424-bed acute-care hospital that serves as a regional hub. The UT Health North Campus Tyler has been recognized for its leadership in asthma management and was named a Top Teaching Hospital in the country by Leapfrog (a public survey of hospital performance) in 2020. And patients from both locations can’t give enough positive feedback about their experiences.

In fact, leading heart care at UT Health Tyler saved Maria Bell’s life. She began experiencing chest pain days after the birth of her fifth child and went to the emergency department of UT Health Tyler. Tests revealed she had blockages in two main arteries due to a rare condition called spontaneous coronary artery dissection, or SCAD, meaning a tear in the heart wall compromised blood flow.

“The entire time I was in the hospital, the staff did a really good job explaining what was about to happen and what to expect,” Bell says.

Bell underwent successful double bypass surgery. After a week’s stay and intensive cardiac rehabilitation, she is steadily improving.

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CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System has provided medical services for more than 80 years and is nationally recognized for their world-class cardiac, advanced surgical skills and cancer care. A top choice for labor and delivery patients, it is the home of the area’s first Level III neonatal intensive care unit, treating more than 400 babies annually, and it is the only designated Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Northeast Texas. In 2020, Newsweek added it to the list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. And high-quality care can be seen from one patient’s case to the next.

“The nurses and doctors were always there for us. They sat with us, they prayed with us, they even helped us give our girls their first bath. I will always remember their kindness during the hardest part of our lives.”

Ashley Bush

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For example, Ashley and Garret Bush were ecstatic at the news of being pregnant with twins, but challenges arose when Ashley was admitted to the hospital at 26 weeks with breathing issues. Two weeks later, her daughters, Emma and Lilly, were born by an emergency C-section, each weighing less than 3 pounds. Their mother was taken to the ICU and placed on a ventilator, while the girls fought to stay alive in the NICU for 83 days. When able, Ashley spent 14-hour days in the NICU.

“The nurses and doctors were always there for us. They sat with us, they prayed with us, they even helped us give our girls their first bath. I will always remember their kindness during the hardest part of our lives,” she says.

Now thriving, the sisters are the hospital’s 2021 Miracle Children.

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