Swan Family Wellness Center – Now Offers 24 Hour Access

Well, the news is out!! We’re going 24 hours!!

This is something that we have been working towards for a long time now and are so excited to finally announce our first date of being a 24 hour access facility, October 28th!!! We have had so many requests for this change and they have not gone unheard. We decided to make this switch for many reasons but mainly just so that our wonderful members can enjoy our services on the weekends, LATE nights, and even holidays. Each paid member will have the ability to access our facility simply by scanning their thumbprint.

With this added benefit comes great responsibility, however. I want to personally ask each and every one of you to please respect our beautiful facility and our 24HR rules and policies. When you come to get your finger print scanned you will be asked to sign an extensive list of rules and regulations regarding the changes. Please read this agreement thoroughly so that you do not accidentally break a rule and put your membership at stake.

Below are some of the most common FAQ’s that I have received so far:

  1. How do I gain 24 hour access?
    1. Each paying member that has a payment method on file may come to the wellness center anytime during our normal business hours to assign your thumbprint and sign your user agreement.
  2. What are the staffed hours?
    1. Monday -Friday, 7:00am to 6:00pm
  3. Can I bring a guest during non-staffed hours?
    1. Absolutely not. Our security system is made to keep this from happening. Every single person that enters this building must scan their thumbprint. Once you scan your thumbprint and walk in, you must shut the door behind you so that the next person is required to scan in as well. Regardless if you know them or are related to them. This rule is non-negotiable and failure to comply will result in a terminated membership.
    2. Guests and day passes are allowed to be purchased during our normal staffed hours.
  4. How does this effect group exercise?
    1. Group exercise will not be affected in any way other than not being able to purchase a day pass during classes that are outside of our normal staffed hours.
  5. Will the pool be accessible 24/7 as well?
    1. Unfortunately, it is too much of a risk to leave the pool unattended. Therefore the pool will only be available from 7am-6pm Monday through Friday with the exception of any scheduled group exercise class. Only attendants of the class will be allowed in the pool during those instances.
  6. Can I bring my kid in while I work out?
    1. Children under 12 years old are never allowed in the facility without exception. Children ages 12-15 that are paid members may enter the facility after hours with parental supervision. Children ages 16 and up that are paid members may enter the facility at any time.
  7. Will the sweat towels be available 24/7?
    1. In the evenings before we leave, we will set out a certain amount of sweat towels. Once that amount is used they will not be replenished until the next business day. You are encouraged to bring your own sweat towel. If we notice that we are losing the towels we will only provide them during the weekly staffed hours.

We are now currently signing up ALL paid members for 24 hour access so stop on by! We will be hosting the sign ups the rest of the week. Stop by anytime tonight (Wednesday) before 9pm, Thursday from 5:30am to 9:00pm, Friday from 5:30am to 7:00pm, or Saturday from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Our first day on the new staffed schedule will start on Monday, October 28th so make sure to come get your finger prints registered before then if you want 24 hour access!

Thank you all for your continued support, it’s because of you that we are able to make this incredible upgrade! Feel free to call us or email us for more information.

Joe Copeland, Director of SFWC



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The Season for Flu Prevention

Faith Community Health System says vaccine is the best method of preventing the influenza virus.

With the fall season in full swing and temperatures slowly dropping, Faith Community Health System (FCHS) is echoing the words of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by encouraging area residents to take a proactive approach against the flu by getting vaccinated.

“Many people have very strong opinions in regards to the flu shot, and many of them are very vocal in person and on social media. Unfortunately, much that information is incorrect. The flu vaccine is safe and effective. It is the single best tool we have to combat the flu every year,” explains Dr. Brent Shepherd, a Family Practice/OB physician in Jacksboro. “Reducing the spread of the virus and its impact on your body is very important.”

According to the CDC, vaccines have been updated for 2019 to better match viruses expected to be circulating in the United States.

Recommendations for people with egg allergies are the same as in recent years. Those who have known allergies to eggs are encouraged to get a flu shot by the CDC but are encouraged to talk with their primary healthcare providers beforehand.

While FCHS is expected to meet local demand with the availability of flu vaccines, Dr. Shepherd cautions that individuals should not wait very long, as the flu outbreak can spread quickly throughout any community.

The best recommendation is to get vaccinated as soon as possible – and October is the best time to get vaccinated as it is in the beginning of the flu season.

Although contracting the flu virus is still possible for someone who has been vaccinated, Dr. Shepherd explains that symptoms are typically less severe than they are for someone who did not receive a flu shot.

Symptoms of the flu typically come on suddenly and may include fever or chills, a cough and sore throat, a runny and stuffy nose, muscle and body aches, headaches, and fatigue.  Most people who develop the flu are contagious for five to seven days after they show symptoms.

“If you think you have influenza, then stay away from public places.  Influenza is very contagious.  Cover your mouth and wash your hands frequency to prevent the spread of the illness.  It’s also important to be evaluated quickly by a medical professional, because most flu medications only work if given very quickly after symptoms start,” Dr. Shepherd says. “As with most illness, rest and hydration are key to making it through the illness.”

Individuals with underlying medical conditions should consult with their medical provider as early as possible to see whether they want to test for the flu and prescribe an antiviral drug.

To prevent the spread of the flu, it is recommended that individuals avoid close contact with those who are sick with the virus. Equally as important, if you suspect that you may be infected with the flu, you are encouraged to stay home.

Covering your mouth and nose when you need to sneeze or cough; frequently washing your hands to avoid spreading germs; and avoiding needlessly touching your eyes, mouth and nose are other tips recommended to prevent the spread of infections.

Following recommends of the CDC as in recent years, people ages six months and older are encouraged to be vaccinated. Seniors over 65, pregnant women, and children under the age of two are particularly vulnerable to the flu, which causes an estimated 100,000 hospitalizations 30,000 deaths a year.

Individuals interested in getting the flu shot are encouraged to stop by Faith Community Rural Health Clinics in Jacksboro, Bowie, and Alvord. Insurance plans are accepted, and a self-pay option is also available.

For more information about local healthcare programs and services, please visit www.fchtexas.com.

Although contracting the flu virus is still possible for someone who has been vaccinated, Dr. Shepherd explains that symptoms are typically less severe than they are for someone who did not receive a flu shot.

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Annual Wellness Exams: A Proactive Approach to Healthcare

Faith Community Health System discusses the importance of checkups to ensure the state of your health.

Did you know that Medicare and most private insurance plans cover the cost of an annual wellness exam? Why miss out on this valuable healthcare benefit? Faith Community Health System reminds adults in the community to schedule annual wellness exams this fall before benefits expire at the end of the year.

Regular health exams, screenings, and tests are important to monitor the state of your health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that annual health exams can also assist medical providers in tracking changes in your health and identify trends or problems in patients before conditions escalate.

“Scheduling an annual wellness exam is being proactive with your healthcare,” says Dr. Erika Crutcher, a Family Practice/OB physician in Jacksboro. “Knowing more about the status of your body means you and your medical providers can take the necessary measures to help you live a longer, healthier life.”

The CDC estimates that fewer than half of American adults, age 65 or older, and fewer than a quarter of adults, ages 50 to 64, receive the recommended level of preventative health services. This includes immunizations, and cancer and cardiovascular screenings.

During an annual wellness exam, you can expect your medical provider to review height and weight changes; discuss possible diseases and schedule screenings as appropriate; update necessary immunizations; and order laboratory screenings that measure a variety of stats such cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels.

In advance of your annual wellness exam, doctors recommend that you prepare. This includes writing down your family history of illnesses as well as any changes in your health that you might have observed within the past year. If you have put off any health screenings previously recommended, it is important that you share that information with your physician.

Most importantly, write down any questions you might have for your physician. In the moment, you could become anxious and forget some of the pressing questions you might have.

“Patients are often hesitant to discuss how they are feeling, and that is completely understandable,” Dr. Crutcher explains. “But wellness exams are no time to be shy or hide important information. It is your opportunity to be open and honest about how you are feeling.”

Dr. Crutcher also reminds patients that lab screenings are often part of a wellness exam, so fasting at least eight hours prior to your appointment is necessary to prevent inaccurate results.

Individuals who need to take scheduled medication with meals are encouraged to discuss this beforehand with the doctor’s office. Clinic staff can provide the best and appropriate recommendations based on your individual situation.

The cost of having a preventative wellness exam at least once a year is typically covered by Medicare and most private insurance companies. Dr. Crutcher recommends discussing coverage with your insurance provider and taking advantage of the preventative healthcare services available to you.

For more information about annual wellness exams at Faith Community Rural Health Clinics in Jacksboro, Bowie, or Alvord; or to find a local medical provider, please visit www.fchtexas.com.

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Congratulations to Honor Grad Troy McKenzie

Faith Community Health System would like to recognize and congratulate Troy McKenzie, FCHS IT Director, on being the first in his family to attend and graduate college!

Working full time while attending school, Troy has showed great determination, hard work, and leadership. We are very proud to have such great employees like Troy here at Faith Community Health System.

Troy graduated from Vernon College Cum Laude with honors. He received his Associates Degree in Applied Science, more specifically Computer and Information Sciences.

Congratulations Troy McKenzie!

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Classes offered at the Jack County Health Fair – September 27th!

Jeff Miller EMT-P, Safety & Security Officer at Faith Community Health System, will be teaching on the importance of STOP THE BLEED. We encourage everyone to come out and learn more about the awareness and call to action for citizens to be more aware, trained, equipped, and empowered to aid in an emergency before help can arrive! The focus of this program is on the immediate response to bleeding, recognizing life-threatening bleeding, and appropriate ways to stop the bleeding.

Contact Jeff Miller with any questions:

jmiller@fchtexas.com or 940-216-2239

September 27th Class times: 7am, 8am, 9am

Location: Twin Lakes Activity Center

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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


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


Jacksboro Clinic
215 Chisholm Trail
Jacksboro, TX 76458


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215 Chisholm Trail Jacksboro, Texas 76458