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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“Ken and Bonnie are wonderful people to help care for your loved ones. their staff was so caring to my mother and so nice to my family I highly recommend them to take care of your loved ones. I think there ought to be more than just five stars to give them”

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“Ken and Bonnie were wonderful to work with. They were able to provide my mother with care and a very short notice. Their staff was some of the most caring people that I've ever met. Not only were they wonderful to my mother but also to my family. I would highly recommend using them.”

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“For those who are searching for qualified caregivers for their loved ones, contact Ken Thomas at Always Best Care Senior Services. Mr. Thomas provides an authentic and professional guiding hand when discussing available services for your precious senior family members. When it is time for a beloved senior to receive assistance, Mr. Thomas understands the importance of providing trustworthy and quality support.”

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How does In-home Senior Care in Bluffton, TX work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

Comfort
Comfort

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Bluffton, TX, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

Independence
Independence

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Bluffton, TX gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Aid and Attendance benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.


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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Bluffton,TX understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one

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An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home

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Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs

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Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Fall Fun In East Texas. Your Guide To Fairs, Festivals And More

Fall in East Texas means football, cooler weather, outdoor activities and lots of fairs, festivals and events that celebrate just about anything and everything East Texas!Sign up for the Mix 93.1 NewsletterFun activities and events seem to be on the calendar for nearly every weekend from now up to Thanksgiving! When it comes to festival event information, we've got you covered. Here's a look at what's to come this fall. For more information on a...

Fall in East Texas means football, cooler weather, outdoor activities and lots of fairs, festivals and events that celebrate just about anything and everything East Texas!

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Fun activities and events seem to be on the calendar for nearly every weekend from now up to Thanksgiving! When it comes to festival event information, we've got you covered. Here's a look at what's to come this fall. For more information on any festival or event, just click or tap on the festival name and you'll be taken to the official site for all the specifics.

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Friday, September 9th - Saturday, September 16thGregg County Fairgrounds

This fair got its start in 1949 by the Longview Jaycees. The Gregg County Fair also hosts the annual Miss Gregg County pageant and will feature pig races, a petting zoo, live entertainment nightly, and lots of family entertainment.

Saturday, September 9th - Saturday, September 16th

The Little Miss Peach Queen Ball kicks off the event on the 9th with the carnival beginning Thursday followed by more activities and will conclude on the 16th with the parade that morning and more activities fun and games for the whole family.

Thursday, September 14th - Sunday, September 17thGeorge Henderson Exposition Center

Competitions are abundant at the Texas State Forest Festival along with the carnival rides and live shows featuring birds of prey and ax throwing, there's a 5k run, wood carving display, and so much more.

Saturday, September 16thdowntown Gladewater

Vendors of all kinds will be set up along Broadway Ave. in downtown Gladewater celebrating the 50th year of the arts and crafts festival while selling and showing off their arts and crafts, homemade goods, jewelry, unique handmade works, food, toys and more.

Friday, September 22nd - Sunday, October 1stEast Texas State Fairgrounds - Tyler

The mission of this East Texas tradition is to promote agriculture and education, create commerce and celebrate heritage. The East Texas State Fair also offers scholarships to East Texas students. This fair is packed with entertainment. This year the fair features a water stunt show, sea lion splash, hypnotist and many other shows in addition to live music, exhibits, a marketplace, rides, and carnival-style food and livestock shows.

Wednesday, September 27th - Saturday, September 30thTitus County Civic Center - Mt. Pleasant

This fair features a livestock show, numerous contests, commercial exhibits, youth academic contests, carnival rides, food and musical entertainment.

Wednesday, October 11th - Sunday, October 15thNacogdoches County Exposition & Civic Center - Nacogdoches

The Pineywoods Fair wraps up fair season in East Texas with an agricultural and livestock show featuring competitions highlighting swine, goats, lambs, rabbits, heifer and more. There are educational exhibits and competitions and topped off with carnival rides and lots of fair food. It's your last opportunity of the season to get all that fried goodness!

Saturday, October 14thdowntown Marshall

The pesky ant that causes trouble will be the center of attention during this Marshall event complete with live music, children's area with inflatables, a bike ride, a fun run and 5k, contests, vendors, and more!

Saturday, October 14thdowntown Tyler

This multi-cultural food and music event will be on the red bricks of downtown Tyler. It will feature more that 15 East Texas restaurants sampling some of their best food and then the concerts kick in featuring performances from Whiskey Myers, Ludacris, Matt Koziol and DJ Shane Payne.

Saturday, October 14thPicker's Pavilion in downtown Lindale

Celebrate the harvest season at CountryFest in Lindale. There will be arts and crafts booths, children's activities, live performances and music, car-truck-Jeep show, auction, a petting zoo, carnival games, art projects, and more.

Saturday, October 14thdowntown Mt. Vernon

Celebrate small-town living at Country Fest in Mt. Vernon. Start the day off with a pancake breakfast, a 5k run/walk, a chili cook-off, an antique car show, a petting zoo, a children's area, and more than 70 craft and food vendors.

Saturday, October 14thdowntown Edom

Edom has been celebrating the arts for more than 50 years now and the Edom Arts Festival gives artists the opportunity to share their talent. It's a two-day event that showcases art, food, and music.

Wednesday, October 18th - Saturday, October 21stvenues throughout Gilmer

The festivities begin on Wednesday, October 18th with the Queen's Coronation at 7:30. There are many competitions during the Yamboree, including a quilt show, livestock show, and more. The carnival will be in downtown Gilmer and open Wednesday through Saturday with rides, games and food, and street dances each night.

Thursday, October 19th - Sunday, October 22ndvenues throughout Tyler

Tyler is known as the rose capital, so why not have a festival to celebrate and honor this distinction? The Texas Rose Festival features the queen's coronation, Rose Parade, arts, and crafts and quilting fair, and many other socialite activities.

Saturday and Sunday, October 21st and 22nddowntown Ben Wheeler

Definitely one of the most unique festivals in the state as Ben Wheeler celebrates the hog. Originally known as the Feral Hog Festival, it was changed to Hogfest and now it's Hogtoberfest! This festival will feature a hog parade, a pageant, a parade, a hog cook-off and many other unique contests and events.

Friday and Saturday, October 27th and 28thHopkins County Fair Grounds and Civic Center - Sulphur Springs

The Hopkins County Fall Festival will have it all - a parade, craft show, kids zone, carnival rides, games and food, loads of exhibits and a hay baling contest.

Saturday, October 28thMain St.- Palestine

Can you handle the heat? If you love peppers, this is the festival for you. There will be an atomic wing eating contest, a jalapeno pepper eating contest and more things to do and see all centered around the hot pepper!

Saturday, November 11thdowntown Henderson

More than 15 blocks of downtown Henderson will be covered with arts & crafts vendors, exhibitors, food booths, antique cars, musical entertainment, children's activities and demonstrations as Henderson celebrates syrup!

South Carolina legend A'ja Wilson drafts Aliyah Boston, Allisha Gray to WNBA All-Star team

COLUMBIA — South Carolina women's basketball fans will have no trouble taking sides in the 2023 WNBA All-Star game after Gamecocks legend A'ja Wilson drafted both ...

COLUMBIA — South Carolina women's basketball fans will have no trouble taking sides in the 2023 WNBA All-Star game after Gamecocks legend A'ja Wilson drafted both Aliyah Boston and Allisha Gray to her team as a captain.

Wilson, the star of the Las Vegas Aces, is averaging 19.7 points and 9.2 rebounds in 2023. She was named an All-Star captain alongside New York Liberty standout Breanna Stewart for the second consecutive season. Team Wilson beat Team Stewart 134-112 in the 2022 All-Star game.

Wilson was the only South Carolina alumna named an All-Star in 2022, though she did draft two fellow Aces teammates to her roster last season. This year, Wilson kept her friends close again, selecting both fellow Gamecocks and all three other Aces players.

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Boston was selected No. 1 overall in the 2023 WNBA Draft by the Indiana Fever and has already helped the organization match last year's win total halfway through this season. She was the second South Carolina player drafted No. 1, following Wilson in 2018. Boston, who averages 14.8 points and 8.4 rebounds shooting 62.1%, is the first rookie All-Star starter since 2014 and just the eighth in league history.

Gray makes her first career All-Star appearance as a reserve in her first season with the Atlanta Dream after playing the previous six years for the Dallas Wings. She played alongside Wilson on South Carolina's 2017 national championship team, and the two have remained close in the pros. Gray is averaging a career-high 18.5 points, five rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Dream in 2023.

The only college team represented with as many All-Stars as South Carolina is Notre Dame, which has three alumni starting in the game. This is the first time multiple former Gamecocks have have been selected in the 24-year history of the WNBA All-Star game.

The 2023 All-Star game will be played July 15 (8:30 p.m., ABC) at Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas. Alongside Boston and Gray, Wilson's team includes Aces guards Chelsea Gray, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young, Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale, Dream guard Cheyanne Parker, Connecticut Sun forwards Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner, and Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne.

Get Your 25th Annual Special CMN T-Shirt And Show Your Support

Be a part of something special and show your love for East Texas children with a limited edition special t-shirt commemorating the 25th annual Mix With Kids Children's Miracle Network Radiothon!Purchase this special t-shirt and your love for East Texas children will be on display to e...

Be a part of something special and show your love for East Texas children with a limited edition special t-shirt commemorating the 25th annual Mix With Kids Children's Miracle Network Radiothon!

Purchase this special t-shirt and your love for East Texas children will be on display to everyone you encounter while showing off your support for children throughout East Texas. Proceeds from this special t-shirt will benefit children in Tyler, Lindale, Henderson, Sulphur Springs, Mt. Vernon, Mt. Pleasant, Quitman, Mineola, Jacksonville, Athens, Chander, Palestine, Canton, and beyond through Children's Miracle Network.

Order Your 25th Annual Radiothon T-Shirt Here

Donate To The Children's Miracle Network Here

Mix 93-1 and Children's Miracle Network have been hosting the annual radiothon every year since 1998 with the goal of raising money for pediatric services at CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital and the many clinics throughout East Texas. Every dollar raised goes towards funding specialized medical equipment for children from birth to 18 years of age.

For 12 continuous hours each day, Lucky and Mandee will introduce you to some very special miracle children and families who'll share their stories on how the Children's Miracle Network has profoundly touched their families.

We say during the radiothon that within your circle you do know someone with a child who has benefitted from the generosity of other East Texans because of their support and giving to Children's Miracle Network. Whether your or their child was treated in a Mother Frances clinic, a hospital, on a Flight For Life flight, in an ambulance, or even in community outreach programs, Children's Miracle Network has touched thousands of kids. Thanks to that level of support, many East Texas children are receiving the best medical care in East Texas.

Order Your 25th Annual Radiothon T-Shirt Here

Donate To The Children's Miracle Network Here

We'll definitely be looking forward to your support Thursday and Friday, August 10th and 11th during the radiothon. We'll be seeing you around East Texas long after the radiothon too as you show your support by purchasing and wearing a limited edition t-shirt because we'll proudly be wearing ours too!

Think It’s Extremely Hot In Texas? Our Cars & Trucks Agree With You

I know I have absolutely no desire to work outside right now, and likely won't for at least another month. All over Texas, cities are seeing long stretches of 100+ days; El Paso just hit a record-breaking 45 days in a row. It's extremely hot, and we still have plenty of hot days to endure.We are not alone in our desire to not work outside- our cars...

I know I have absolutely no desire to work outside right now, and likely won't for at least another month. All over Texas, cities are seeing long stretches of 100+ days; El Paso just hit a record-breaking 45 days in a row. It's extremely hot, and we still have plenty of hot days to endure.

We are not alone in our desire to not work outside- our cars and trucks are beginning to "give up" too, with mechanical, part, and electrical failures happening as the direct result of heat. Some of these failures are to be expected, and some are downright "unusual," according to Texas mechanics.

Dead car batteries and flattening tires are to be expected in extreme, prolonged heat. You can mitigate these issues by parking in the shade or in garages whenever possible, and by maintaining your battery and tires as you should in any weather.

But what about the "weird" problems mechanics are seeing?

Mechanics in Texas are now finding unusual ways that the hot weather has affected cars, including broken wipers scratching windshields, and mushy brakes.

The rubber and plastic in your windshield wiper could be melting, because it's getting additional heat from being next to a reflective surface (your windshield). This could cause the metal part of the wiper blade to scratch your windshield. This will be worse for folks who live in more humid areas of Texas, as that will make rubber and plastic break down even faster. Check those blades- they are much cheaper to replace than a windshield.

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What is causing "mushy brakes"? That seems extremely dangerous, and its the result of "brake fade":

Brake fluid within the master cylinder sitting under the hood can trap moisture, and the dangerously high heat in Texas may cause the moisture to expand. This results in a loss of brake feel, or brake fade.

Again, it's a good idea to park in the shade or in the garage when you can, because the heat under your hood can get up to 230 degrees. It's also very important to keep an eye on your levels- coolant and oil- to help avoid problems. Checking these- and your tires, are something you really should be doing anyway, but now is an important time to stay vigilant.

5 Ways Your License Plate Could Get You Ticketed in Texas

Nothing ruins a road trip like getting pulled over. Here are ways to avoid fines during your next journey across Texas.

1. No Lights

Your license plate needs to be illuminated. If the officers can't see the plate at night it's just as bad as not having one at all, and could lead to getting a ticket.

2. Too Dirty

It's not uncommon for Texans to go "mudding". No matter how the car got dirty your license plate is still required to be clean and legible, otherwise you may be subject to a fine.

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3. Wrong Placement

In Texas, you must have two license plates: one for the front and one for the back.

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4. Watch Your Registration

Your plate is linked to your current registration. They don't need to see the sticker in the window to know it's out of date. When they run your plates they see it all.

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5. Frames

License plate frames are a fun way to show off your personality and customize your ride. Just make sure the frame isn't blocking any pertinent information.

St. Luke’s-Lufkin Receives High Ranking for Coronary Intervention

St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin continues to be recognized and awarded for its innovation and leadership in cardiovascular care. Recently, the hospital made the list of top hospitals for coronary intervention as reported by Becker’s Hospital Review.There are 170 hospitals including St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin in the 2023 Becker’s Hospital Review, the leading hospital magazine for hospital business news and analysis for hospital and health care systems.Each year, Healthgrades measures hospital per...

St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin continues to be recognized and awarded for its innovation and leadership in cardiovascular care. Recently, the hospital made the list of top hospitals for coronary intervention as reported by Becker’s Hospital Review.

There are 170 hospitals including St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin in the 2023 Becker’s Hospital Review, the leading hospital magazine for hospital business news and analysis for hospital and health care systems.

Each year, Healthgrades measures hospital performance based on patient outcomes for the most recent three-year time period available for nearly 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Only the top hospitals that deliver superior patient outcomes in coronary intervention procedures including angioplasty with a stent receive the 2023 Specialty Excellence Awards for Coronary Intervention.

“It is a great honor to be listed among the greats in cardiovascular care,” says Monte Bostwick, Market President, St. Luke’s Health-Memorial (East Texas). “It is not something we take lightly. Our team, in partnership with The Heart Institute of East Texas, works diligently daily to provide quality care that results in good outcomes for our patients.”

Sanctioned as a HeartCare Center of Excellence since 2018 by the American College of Cardiologists, St. Luke’s Health-Memorial is home to nationally-recognized cardiologists and cardiovascular surgeons and is the highest accredited chest pain center in the region.

“The Specialty Excellence Award as one of the 100 best hospitals for Coronary Interventions elevates Lufkin to the national map. While taking into consideration patient risks and comorbidities, and achieving excellent outcomes is a remarkable achievement,” says Ravinder Bachireddy, MD, FACC, FSCAI, FCCP, Chief of Cardiology at St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin and President of The Heart Institute of East Texas. “We are very proud of our entire CV healthcare team.”

In 2013, Memorial Lufkin and The Heart Institute of East Texas formed an alliance centered on their mutual desire to build a premier hospital-based heart care program that established Lufkin as a regional healthcare center.

Heart disease is the biggest killer in the United States, followed by cancer, and East Texas is no exception.

“I cannot overstate the care that I got at St. Luke’s Health-Memorial from the time that I got out of the vehicle until they carted me upstairs,” says Roy Knight, a recovered heart attack patient. “The quality of service that I received there could not have been better had it been in Houston, TX at one of those world-renowned hospitals; I had that care right here at CHI Memorial.”

Knight also has high praise for Subramanya Venkata, M.D., cardiologist and the hospital CATH Lab team who were on duty on October 27 of last year, the day he underwent emergency heart surgery at St. Luke’s Health-Memorial Lufkin.

The longtime educator and retired Lufkin Independent School District superintendent had just played one of his best rounds of golf. He was cooling down and starting a set of weight lifting when without warning he began having excruciating pains in his chest. He recognized the signs of a heart attack. His wife rushed him to the hospital.

“When it comes to heart care for East Texans, St. Luke’s Health-Memorial remains committed to playing a major role in supporting Lufkin as a regional hub for health care. “We take great measures to provide the highest quality, affordable, comprehensive, evidence-based care right here at home,” says Bostwick.

And, as part of one of the largest health systems in the nation, St. Luke’s Health-Memorial benefits from ties to the St. Luke’s Health system in Houston, including CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center (Houston) which is also on the list of top 170 hospitals for coronary intervention. This affiliation enhances the organization’s ability to create a stronger health care community as well as introduce innovative technology and additional resources to the people of East Texas.

These Texas towns once boasted a healthy population with a thriving economy, but along the way, something drastic happened within the town causing its population decline and slow death and eventually becoming a Texas ghost town.'

If you do go on an adventure and seek out these ghost towns, please do it safely. If you go on a journey into the woods please have the landowner's permission to do so or you could be prosecuted for trespassing. Above all, be careful, courteous, and inquisitive.

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