Physician in the Spotlight

Dr. Shivum Agarwal, MD — Family Practice

About me:

As a lifelong Texan, I am a true rural Texas physician with specialized training for rural and global settings.  I attended college at Duke University and studied Economics, Markets & Management, and Biology.  After college, I worked in Global Strategy, Operations, and   Innovations Consulting in exciting places such as New York City and abroad.  Despite the excitement of international business, I sought a profession that would allow me to more personally serve others.  Working in under-served rural and international settings, I found a passion for such populations and I dedicated my training to becoming a comprehensively trained physician to help those who needed it most in parts of the world furthest separated from resources.  I was lucky enough to train at one of the top medical schools (UT Southwestern) and Family Medicine programs in the country (John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, TX).  At JPS, I completed my Family Medicine residency and advanced training in Advanced Rural-Global Medicine & Surgery (ARMS), an intensive training program focusing on higher-level surgical skills, obstetrics, endoscopy, intensive care, emergency, and pediatrics care.

What aspect of your job do you enjoy the most?

My favorite part of the job is the feeling you get when patients get better.  There’s no better feeling than that.  As physicians and nurses, we think about our patients well past the hours in the clinic and hospital — doing everything we can to bring our patients back to their families in better health.

What part of Family Practice is your favorite?

I enjoy taking care of a breadth of ages and ailments — from new moms to newborns to new senior citizens.  I appreciate the rural   Family Physician’s ability to take care of a range of ailments including pediatrics, medical, obstetrics, and surgical issues safely and competently — it’s important for the health of our community to be able to access these services locally.  My physician, nursing, and  administrative partners at Faith Community Hospital have really set a standard of excellence for rural, broad-spectrum, primary-care led health care.  There are numerous studies showing access to high-quality local primary healthcare including surgical and obstetrics care is essential and incredibly important.  As a rural citizen, I know how taxing (and at times, unsafe) traveling long distances for healthcare can be for our us.  The physician-nurse-administrator team at FCH has really enabled our community to receive excellent, broad-spectrum healthcare locally.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy spending time with my wife, children, and our energetic husky.  When I’m not taking care of patients, I also enjoy hiking, culinary arts, playing various instruments.  I also really believe in giving back to the medical education that has enabled us to care for patients, and I enjoy teaching medical students and serving on international aid projects around the world.

Words to the community:

I thank you for the privilege of caring for you and your family and entrusting us with your health. There is no greater honor and responsibility.

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Relieve Yourself from Stubborn Allergies!

Sneezing? Coughing? Itchy Red Eyes? Runny Nose?

With the help of Allergy 123, a test for 58 most common local airborne allergens is performed by your local provider in 15 minutes.

All our procedures are FDA approved, very safe and covered by majority of insurances.

Testing is done using a microscopic skin prick. Life-long relief is possible!

Contact Faith Community Rural Health Clinic to learn more about how you can relieve yourself from stubborn allergies!

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4th Annual Shape Up in Faith

Sign-Up and Get Started January 14th

Join a weight loss competition that creates accountability and produces results! Shape Up in Faith is a 10-week competition open to all Jack County residents and sponsored by the FCH Charitable Foundation and conducted by the Swan Family Wellness Center. Available in both individual and team competitions, winners in each division can turn their success into cash prizes!

To kick start your fitness goals and learn more about Shape Up in Faith, contact Joe Copeland at 940-216-2380 or

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KickStart Your 2019 Fitness Goals with SFWC

The 6-week KickStart program will take you through various
methods of exercise and teach you the in’s and out’s, and do’s and don’ts of living a healthy lifestyle. You will learn proper mechanics and modifications for body-weight exercises, strength machines, and free weights. Each session will consist of a 30-40 minute
supervised low-impact workout followed by a 10-15 minute
discussion regarding nutrition, meal-planning, and other
health/fitness topics. If you haven’t exercised in the last year or more then this program is perfect for you!

January 14th—February 20th
Mondays at 5:30pm
Wednesdays at 4:30pm
Cost: $100; 20 available spots

6 week course includes:
SFWC t-shirt, Shaker bottle
3 Personal Training Sessions
(must complete 6 week course;
max of 3 missed classes)

Sign up at the Swan Family Wellness Center or call 940-216-2379

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IT Department Awarded Rural Hospital IT Leadership Award

Faith Community Health System’s Information Technology Director, Troy McKenzie, awarded the Rural Hospital IT Leadership Award!

Recognized by the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals for his instrumental efforts in FCHS advancement in health IT, successful adoption and use of health IT and significant contribution to the healthcare industry.

Troy has demonstrated high levels of initiative, technical competence, and effective team collaboration and leadership!

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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