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The primary health resources in Jacksonville continue to be the UT Health and Christ Trinity Mother Frances hospitals.
UT Health Jacksonville has proudly served the community for more than a hundred years, offering a range of health services with sophisticated technology and personalized attention, including Cherokee County’s only intensive care unit and Women’s Care Center.
Services include a Level IV trauma center; Infusion therapy; Family birthplace with five work, delivery and recovery rooms; a sleep disorder clinic; Olympic Center fitness and rehabilitation facility; Cherokee County’s most advanced 24-hour radiology and diagnostic imaging department, as well as many other specialty services. Numerous doctors are employed in the fields of internal medicine, family medicine, pediatrics, oncology, obstetrics / gynecology, gastroenterology, urology, pulmonology, colorectal surgery, podiatry and orthopedics.
UT Health Jacksonville recently installed a nuclear medicine camera that was collected by the Nan Travis Foundation. The camera can image every part of the body with radioisotopes, which shortens the scan times for the patient.
UT Health Jacksonville was awarded Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade “A” in Fall 2020. This national award recognizes the hospital’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and ensuring safer healthcare.
Christ Trinity’s Mother Frances Hospital is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month in Jacksonville.
CTMF has a tradition of clinical excellence, continued growth, and recognition for safety and patient experience.
The hospital has a multi-specialty clinic with 43 providers and nearly 20 different specialties, including visiting specialists from Tyler. The services include interventional pain therapy, vascular surgery, gastroenterology, orthopedic surgery, cardiology, pulmonary medicine and optometry.
The technology is also used to provide additional specialties such as acute stroke and general neurology with the state-of-the-art telemedicine services so that patients can stay at home.
“In my role as administrator for CHRIST Mother Frances Hospital in Jacksonville, I can see firsthand the impact our dedicated team of providers and staff has on our patients. their families and our community as I lay off every day, ”said Chief Administrative Officer Barry Lofquist. “It is not uncommon to see tears in our patients’ eyes as they thank them for the compassionate care they have received in our hospital. They are grateful for the opportunity to get the full care they need, close to their home, where they can be close to family and friends. “
Additional health resources include local clinics that serve underserved populations, the Clinic of HOPE (helping others track fortification), and the Jacksonville Care Clinic
The Clinic of HOPE recently started operations in the newly opened Health, Wellness and Resource Center 597 South Ragsdale.
Elaine Ballard, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, serves as the medical provider for the clinic, providing primary care including preventive, chronic, minor, non-life threatening illnesses and injuries. General physical exams, as well as tests and treatments for chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, and minor medical problems such as headaches, sore throats and stomach problems are available.
In addition to medical care, Ellann Johnson, Executive Director of HOPE, is working on other providers for the health, wellness and resource center, including an ophthalmologist, dentist and psychiatrist.
The center consists of four examination rooms, individual rooms for an ophthalmologist and dentist, offices, a break room and a waiting room. HOPE’s Rx training and nutrition program, which helps with meal planning and training goals, is located in the back of the building and has its own entrance.
Jacksonville Care Clinic, formerly True North, celebrated the new name and logo last month with a grand reopening. The clinic at 1013 College Avenue offers primary care, men’s and women’s health, and rapid COVID-18 tests.
The clinic’s philosophy that nothing should prevent people from receiving health care, including language barriers and immigration status, is reflected in its mission of “making healthcare accessible”.
The clinic accepts Medicaid, Medicare, and most private insurance, as well as self-payment for medical and behavioral health services. The self-payment costs are based on a graduation.
The clinic also offers special treatment options, including programs for adolescent and adult addiction, and HIV testing and prevention. These programs are provided free of charge.
Quick Visit Urgent Care has joined Jacksonville hospitals and clinics providing medical care. Quick Visit Urgent Care opened last fall and offers primary care, minor procedures, acute care and workplace health. Rapid COVID-19 tests as well as PCR send-out tests and antibody tests are available in the clinic, each lasting three to seven days.
The clinic accepts walk-ins and is located at 1602 S. Jackson Street. Virtual visits are also available.
Quick Care accepts a number of health insurance plans, including Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. The clinic also offers three self-payment rates.
Total Care at 1517 E. Rusk Street completes construction and will serve as an additional emergency care provider.