Updated Statement

JOINT STATEMENT BY JACK COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT ON COVID-19.

Jack County Emergency Management, The County Health Authority and Faith Community Health System have been continually monitoring the Covid-19 response, recommendations and guidelines from the state and federal government.

Currently there are no positive cases in Jack County. 

All appropriate and recommended guidelines and precautions from the CDC and DSHS are in place at FCHS and throughout Jack County.

Not everyone needs to be tested for Covid-19.  Testing is done based on guidance from the CDC and at the discretion of state and local health authorities and/or individual clinicians.

All persons presenting to FCHS are screened in accordance with CDC and DSHS guidelines including evaluation and testing by providers at FCHS.  All FCHS clinics are extending visits to patients using telehealth. Contact the local clinic to schedule a telehealth visit.

Be advised that EMS and first responders have specific guidelines as well that have been developed by the CDC and DSHS.  Be patient when calling 911 as you will be pre-screened.  This effort is intended to provide additional safety to our community and our first responders.

The public is reminded to practice social distancing as directed by the Governor’s office and stay home if you have any symptoms of illness.  For a current review of the guidelines please go to www.cdc.gov.

Promote the practice of prevention by:

  • Frequently washing hands.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or inside of your elbow.
  • Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Stay home when sick.

The Jack County Emergency Management team is in constant communication with all authorities related to this situation and will continue to communicate as this develops.

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Introducing Telemedicine. Fast. Secure. Safe.

Your next visit to Faith Community Rural Health Clinics is only a phone call away. 

Setting up a telemedicine appointment with any of our three Clinics is now as easy and convenient as a phone call.

A telemedicine appointment will allow you to have a doctor’s appointment over the phone with a Faith Community Rural Health clinic provider.

Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance are accepted.  Available, by appointment, Monday – Friday 8:30 am to 4:45 pm.

Call one of the clinics below to request a tele-med appointment.

Faith Community Rural Health Clinic | Jacksboro
940-567-5528

Faith Community Rural Health Clinic | Bowie
940-872-1121

Faith Community Rural Health Clinic | Alvord
940-427-2858

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FCHS Facilities Update

Like you, we have been closely watching the changing notices from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) regarding the COVID-19 virus. It is important to realize that at this time, we have had no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Jack County. Faith Community Health System has been doing a terrific job taking necessary precautions and complying with state and federal recommendations. After a thorough review of current recommendations and guidelines, Faith Community Health System is taking the following action effective immediately:

  • The Faith Café will be closed to the public for dining in the facility. Breakfast and Lunch will still be available on a take-out basis only. You can call the Café at 940-216-2363 with your order and when you arrive, your order will be delivered to your car with no need to enter the facility.
  • The Swan Family Wellness Center will be closed until further notice. This includes all workout related groups, private training and 24-hour access. The Wellness Center will be open for scheduled and provider ordered therapies. The therapies department will coordinate the schedule for patients.

Your safety and well-being is our first priority. We ask that you stay up to date with the most credible sources that you will find on COVID-19. They will be posted on our social media pages and website. We will be continually posting the most current releases from both the CDC and DSHS. As a people with extraordinary diversity, we become an amazing team when we are pulling together towards the same goal. Work together and look out for one another, especially the vulnerable population. We will be prompt to report when we can resume normal operations.

Thanks for your patience. Stay well!

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5 Tips to Prevent the Spread of Germs and Viruses

Health and wellness are once again atop of everyone’s mind these days as the world faces the threats posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Highly contagious, COVID-19 has the ability to impact every one of us, including those who are considered at high-risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals at higher risk of getting very sick from this illness include older adults (seniors) and people who have serious chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.

While we all hunker down and do our part to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe, there are many ways you can prevent the spread of germs and viruses.

We’ve compiled the top five tips everyone should keep in mind to stay safe and healthy: 

  • Wash your hands… and wash often! One of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs is by washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. A great tip for children is to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice.
  • Avoid needlessly touching your face with your hands. Your mouth, nose and eyes are very sensitive and make it easy for germs and viruses to enter your body.
  • Disinfect everything as often as possible. From door handles to light switches, countertops to cell phones, tablet computers to toys – if you touch it, disinfect it often. This is especially important when you are out and about and come home. Cell phones in particular are notorious for rarely being cleaned and can hold lots of bacteria. Disinfectant wipes and sprays are ideal solutions for cleaning.
  • Do not visit clinics or the hospital emergency room if you are sick. This applies to you, your children, and other loved ones. If you are sick, please call your primary care physician or the hospital emergency room prior to showing up. They can advise over the telephone the best course of action you need to take. These precautions are designed to prevent the spread of viruses such as COVID-19 should you be infected.
  • Be kind. Be patient. Remember that we are all in this together. Whether you are healthy or ill, all our actions affect one another.

Whatever lies ahead, remember that Faith Community Health System will be here ready to respond at a moment’s notice. We continue to work with the CDC and Texas Department of State Health Services to stay atop of pertinent health news and we will always share any important updates with the community.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your local Faith Community Rural Health Clinic or Faith Community Hospital. We’re here to help.

Stay safe.

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COVID-19

COVID-19 is a viral illness!

Here are some highlights about the response that Faith Community Health System will be taking – all of these come directly from the CDC.

  • Please be aware that COVID-19 causes respiratory like viral symptoms; however, not all fever, cough, and congestion are subject to COVID-19 concern
  • Follow standard infection control precautions when ill or come in contact with someone who is ill:
    • Cover coughs
    • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer
    • Stay home and separate yourself from others, especially from immunocompromised individuals, elderly, and very young.
    • Seek medical attention as needed for moderate to severe illness
  • Anyone presenting to a facility in our health system will be screened at the door, per CDC recommendations, and triaged/tested/treated accordingly.

If you or anyone that asks would like to read directly from our source, please go to: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

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Physician Spotlight – Cathy Gresham

About Me:

Cathy Gresham, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Raised in Jack County, I am the youngest of four and the only girl. I have two children; my son Mat and my daughter Mac; two grandchildren, Paisley and Gunnar. I am a member of Oak Street Baptist Church and volunteer with the children’s program. This is my 7th year as a nurse practitioner. 

Fun fact: I am scared of needles!

What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?

CONNECTing with the patients! I enjoy hearing about their families and life experiences. I want them to feel like they are talking to a close friend or family when they are here. Playing with the kids is the best perk! Think about it – I get paid to talk about boogers and poop!

Your role at Faith Community Health System:

I am merely a real person providing care for real people of all ages.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I can usually be found baking, sewing, or crocheting, and occasionally running.  Trying new recipes is my favorite because food has a way of bringing friends and family together.

Words to the community:

“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” – Eeyore

I moved back to the area in hopes of making a difference giving back to this community. It is often said that it takes a village to raise a child. In my case, it took the ENTIRE village!  Many were tremendous influencers, encouragers, and safe havens as I grew up. They are the reason I am the person I am today.

Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

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About Faith Community Health System

Faith Community Hospital is a community hospital serving the residents of Jack County, Texas. We offer a wealth of medical services including inpatient care, minor surgeries, obstetrics and other health care services.

Rural Health Clinics

Alvord Clinic
115 East Bypass US Highway 287
Alvord, Texas 76225

940-427-2858

Bowie Clinic
1010 N. Mill St.
Bowie, TX 76230

940-872-1121

Jacksboro Clinic
215 Chisholm Trail
Jacksboro, TX 76458

940-567-5528

Contact Us

If you need to contact us for general inquires or comments, please use the methods below. For emergencies, please dial 911.

215 Chisholm Trail Jacksboro, Texas 76458
940-567-6633
https://www.fchtexas.com/