FCHS + Peyton’s Project Advocate for Rattlesnake Awareness

Local healthcare system raises awareness of venomous snakes
in Jack County and ways to respond if a snakebite occurs.

As families spend more time outdoors this time of year, it is important to be aware of the dangers of snakebites. Knowing what to look out for and how to respond in the unfortunate instance of a rattlesnake bite can make the difference between life and death.

In Texas, more than 150 species and subspecies of snakes are known to call the state home. Of those, only 15 are potentially dangerous to humans because of their venom. In Jack County, rattlesnakes are the most common venomous threat.

Faith Community Health System (FCHS) is raising awareness of snakebite preparedness this summer by once again partnering with Peyton’s Project, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to educate the public about the reality – and dangers – of rattlesnakes.

We often find that snakebites happen so fast, victims do not know what hit them until it is too late. Being able to respond quickly and appropriately following a snakebite is critical, especially for people in rural communities like Jack County.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 7,000 people report snakebites each year, of whom approximately five percent die. Fortunately, seeking immediate medical attention can prevent death or serious complications.

Symptoms following snakebite can vary. The first step following snakebite is to look for a pair of puncture marks at the center of the wound. Redness, swelling, and severe pain around the bite will immediately develop. The victim may quickly experience nausea, increased sweating, labored breathing, and possibly even numbness or tingling around the face or limbs.

Snakebites happen fast but trying to see and remember the color, shape, and pattern of the snake can be crucial to the appropriate treatment method.

According to the CDC, a tourniquet should never be applied to a snakebite wound. Snake venom can often cause massive swelling of the affected area and destroy red blood cells.

If you block the blood flow, you are essentially trapping dead blood cells in the affected area or limb, which can cause more harm to the victim than the bite itself. Any constricting shoes, clothing, or jewelry should be removed following snakebite.

You should also not slash the wound with a knife, suck out the venom, apply ice, immerse the wound in water, or drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages. The best course of action is to remain calm to slow the spread of venom and lay or sit with the bite below the level of the heart while you wait for emergency medical help.

The partnership between FCHS and Peyton’s Project is not only educational but essential to help Faith Community Hospital always maintain vials of antivenin.

We are proud – and fortunate – to continue our partnership with Peyton’s Project that greatly benefits our community.”

In the event of a snakebite, you are urged to call 911 or get to a hospital as quickly as possible. Although deaths from snakebites in the region are rare, the side effects can be unpleasant.

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5 Tips for a Safe and Healthy 4th of July Weekend

Faith Community Health System shares important tips to make upcoming holiday weekend safe.

The Independence Day holiday is upon us, and many Americans will be celebrating with fireworks, food, and fun. No matter how you choose to celebrate the upcoming holiday, officials at Faith Community Health System (FCHS) encourage you to make health and safety a priority.

“Our nation’s birthday is always a celebration, but a joyous time can quickly turn into a disaster if you and your loved ones do not celebrate safely,” explains Joy Henry, Chief Nursing Officer of FCHS. “It is critical that we all take essential precautions this coming holiday weekend.”

To promote health and safety, FCHS is sharing five tips that everyone should keep in mind during the upcoming holiday weekend.

Don’t let the sun and heat bring you down

No matter the time of day, high temperatures can pose various health risks and strain on your body.

When participating in our door activates, remember to always stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. If you are planning to be very active, such as participating in sports or other vigorous activities, sports drinks with electrolytes might be a great alternative to water.

Fresh fruits and vegetables that contain high water content, such as strawberries, pineapple, celery, and iceberg lettuce are all great foods to consume outdoors. They are all packed with lots of water that will help you stay hydrated.

In addition to hydration, using plenty of sunblock outdoors can help protect your skin from sun damage. Typically, sunblock with an SPF of 30 or higher is recommended.

Practice caution at the pool and lakes

Pools and lakes are a popular way many families keep cool in the summer – especially during holidays. With water sports being among the top pastimes, it is also linked to numerous deaths and injuries.

It is estimated that more than 3,400 fatal unintentional drownings occur each year in the U.S., with as much as three percent occurring in Texas.

You can avoid a drowning in your family by never swimming alone. Children, especially, should always be supervised when near bodies of water.

Be mindful of how food is handled outdoors

Leaving food outdoors can bring food-borne illness. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests never leaving food out for more than an hour when outdoor temperatures are above 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and more than two hours any other time.

Also, foods that require refrigeration should be placed in a cooler with plenty of ice and freezing packs to hold a temperature of at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Avoid alcohol

Studies show that the Fourth of July Holiday ranks second, next to New Year’s Eve, for alcohol-related traffic accidents. Also, statistics indicate a higher prevalence of driving under the influence in rural versus urban areas. 

Nationwide, fatality rates of automobile accidents for both teens and adults were twice as high in rural areas. In Texas, overall cases of drunk driving during Independence Day has shown to increase according to analysis of drunk driving crash data from 2010 to 2017. Statistics show that alcohol-related crashes have increased by 28.5 percent, with related fatalities increasing by 34.55 percent.

The best way to ensure that everyone in your community stays safe is to refrain from alcoholic beverages such as wine, beer, and liquor. If you or a loved one does choose to drink, please do not plan to operate a motor vehicle such as a car or boat.

Always let the professionals handle fireworks

Fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day, but the thrill and wonder of fireworks can also bring pain and sometimes death if not handled properly.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 36 percent of fireworks injuries are sustained to hands and fingers, followed 19 percent equally to eyes and heads/faces/ears. More than 50 percent of injuries are burns.

Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. In addition, it is recommended that individuals opt to enjoy professional fireworks shows.

Henry reminds everyone to always call 911 in the event of an emergency. To learn about local healthcare programs and services or to find a provider, please visit www.fchtexas.com.

About Faith Community Health System
Founded in 1958, Faith Community Health System (FCHS) provides healthcare services for residents of Jack County. Anchored by Faith Community Hospital, the local healthcare provider offers a wealth of medical services, including in-patient care, minor surgeries, obstetrics, a Level IV 24-hour trauma center and advanced radiology services (including CT & MRI scanning), an outpatient lab, physical therapy, social services, minor surgical services, patient education, 3 rural health clinics and more. FCHS now serves patients from a new $28 million, 87,000-square-foot replacement hospital facility and $2 million, 10,000-square-foot wellness center. For additional information, please visit www.fchtexas.com.

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Men’s Health Month

June is Men’s Health Month!

Preventive screenings and regular exams help reduce the impact of health conditions affecting men.

When it comes to medical care, there is something about men and doctors that do not seem to mix. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, men are 80 percent less likely to visit a medical provider for preventive care than women. In recognition of Men’s Health Month, Faith Community Health System is shining a spotlight on men’s health issues and the importance of preventive care.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 12.4 percent of men 18 years and older are in fair or poor health. The CDC also reports that an estimated 34.5 percent of men 20 years and older are considered obese, and 32.6 percent have high blood pressure.

Focusing on a few core areas such as common cancers, regular health screenings, and nutrition could make the difference in the prevention and early detection of several common health conditions that affect men.

Fortunately, many health threats, like prostate and testicular cancer, can be treated when detected early.

Cancers that affect men

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reports that prostate cancer is the most common male-specific cancer in the U.S., and it accounts for an estimated 9.9 percent of all new cancer cases in the country.

Prostate cancer is most common among men ages 55 to 74. According to the NCI, it is more likely to occur in men with a family history of prostate cancer and among men of African American descent.

Testing for prostate cancer can be performed through various screenings, including prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and digital rectal exams.

It is estimated that more than 3.1 million men in the United States are now living with cancer of the prostate, with 174,650 new cases expected in 2019 and 31,620 deaths this year as a result. According to the NCI, more than 251,000 men in the United States are living with this type of cancer.

Testicular cancer is another condition that often occurs among men ages 20 through 54. According to the NCI, more than 251,000 men in the United States are living with this type of cancer

Fortunately, this type of cancer can typically be detected at an early stage through frequent self-examinations for unusual lumps or swelling in the testicles, or if men experience aching in the testicles.

Wellness exams are key to early detection and prevention

Regular health exams and screenings are an important way to detect men’s health issues. Early screenings not only help men save money in the long run but can also save a life when a disease is caught early.

Screening for common cancers among men is often overlooked if men do not see a physician regularly. Men should be screened regularly for high blood pressure, abnormal cholesterol levels, diabetes, and other conditions.

Meeting regularly with a physician and reading about health issues that affect men are important ways that you can take control of your health and stay well.

Locally, Faith Community Rural Health Clinics provide convenient access to preventative care, including various men’s health screenings. Many services, such as annual wellness exams are covered by Medicare and most private insurance plans.

Faith Community Rural Health Clinics are available in Jacksboro, Bowie, and Alvord.

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FCHS Executive Chef Retires; Leaving a Legacy

Local hospital says goodbye to Kathy Warnell, a five-year team member who made an impact on food services.

Known for transforming the way hospital food is perceived in rural hospitals across the state, Faith Community Health System’s (FCHS) Executive Chef Kathy Warnell will soon be retiring. For the past five years, Warnell is attributed to the success of the hospital’s food services department.

“Kathy has had an immeasurable impact on how our food services department has evolved over the past five years,” says Frank L. Beaman, CEO of FCHS. “From evolving the meals that we prepare for our patients to developing an incredible menu and level of standards for Faith Café patrons, Kathy has indeed made a positive impact on food services at Faith Community Hospital.”

As executive chef for FCHS, Warnell’s duties included food preparation, menu and recipe development, food purchase specifications, department budget management, and oversight of department staff members. As a certified dietary manager from the Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals, Kathy also continued her education in the field by becoming a certified food protection professional in 2018.

Not only serving patients and staff at the hospital, the food services department also operates Faith Café, a restaurant open to the public known for serving delicious meals at affordable prices. The department also operates a catering service for the public. Both lines of business have added a positive impact on the hospital’s bottom line.

In addition to fulfilling her role and duties at the hospital, Warnell was also known for her involvement in the community. She held cooking classes for high school students, a program that taught basic cooking skills and the essentials of preparing healthy meals. Also, she actively participated in fundraisers for Concerned Citizens of Jacksboro, a nonprofit organization geared to serving the needs of the elderly and disabled in Jack County.

In 2017, the Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce awarded Warnell with the coveted Customer Service Award for her ability to connect with patients and customers at Faith Community Hospital, as well as for her local involvement.

In 2017, the Jacksboro Chamber of Commerce awarded Warnell with the coveted Customer Service Award for her ability to connect with patients and customers at Faith Community Hospital, as well as for her local involvement.

 “My time here at Faith Community Hospital has been amazing, and I am thankful for the many opportunities that I been afforded over the last five years,” Warnell says. “I’m just one person, though. I could not have accomplished many of the things that I have without the wonderful support of my team in the food services department and the encouragement of hospital leadership. I am honored to have served my community, and I will continue to do so as long as I can – even into retirement.”

FCHS is sad to see Kathy retire, but excited for the next chapter. Please join us in congratulating Kathy Warnell on her success at FCHS.

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Pardon the Construction Interruption

Faith Community Hospital (FCH) is currently undergoing a construction project to provide a long-term solution to resolve water drainage issues at the hospital’s entrances and exits along the front of the facility.

Faith Community Health System (FCHS) leadership has been in communication with the architectural, engineering, and construction teams responsible for the design and development of the hospital. All parties have been engaged and are working together to resolve the issue at hand.

We apologize for any inconveniences the construction may cause at this time. We will be sure to notify FCH staff and the community of any temporary detours or specific instructions during construction.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

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Nurse Practitioner Spotlight

Mackenzi Eberly, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner at Faith Community Health System

About Me:

2005                       Bachelor of Science

Tarleton State University

2005                       Registered Nurse

2015                       Family Nurse Practitioner – Certified

Walden University

2019                       Pursuing Pediatric Certification

University of Texas at Arlington

Married                Jarrod Eberly

Children               3 Boys:  McKray, Brig and Kord

What aspect of your job do you enjoy most? Connecting with my patients and their families. Being a part of the Faith family and serving the rural communities.

Your role at Faith Community Health System:Family Nurse Practitioner – Certified with my primary practice located in the Jacksboro Rural Health Clinic caring for patients of all ages for primary care and allergy testing. Seeing pediatric patients, walk ins and allergy testing in Faith Community Health System Bowie Rural Health Clinic on Fridays.  Rounding on our physician’s residents weekly at Advance Rehab of Bowie.

A Super User for our electronic medical record – Athena, training other providers and working with department managers to streamline processes.

What do you like to do in your spare time?Any outdoor activity such as camping with our boys, water sports, attending shows where E5 Cattle are being shown and following our boys in their activities.

Words to the community:

These two quotes say it all:

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring; all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.  The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs               

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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


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