A Day in the Life: Jennifer Miner

A Day in the Life: Jennifer Miner

After working as a nurse in a large hospital emergency room for over 20 years, I love the feeling of walking into the Harlingen Neighbors Emergency Center facility in the early morning.  I arrive every day with a smile on my face and am greeted by genuinely cheerful...

A Day in the Life: Annie Kovatch

A Day in the Life: Annie Kovatch

Hello, my name is Annie Kovatch, I am the Charge nurse at Golden Triangle Emergency Center in Port Arthur. My average day at the facility consists of checking to make sure everything is in working order, cleaning and organizing what's left on the nurses station,...

Freestanding Emergency Centers: A Solution to Healthcare Challenges

Freestanding Emergency Centers: A Solution to Healthcare Challenges

By Dr. Janna Welch Dr. Janna Welch is an ER physician at Five Star ER, the Assistant Program Director – University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School Emergency Residency Program. Following the election, we have been made painfully aware of the problems facing our...

TAFEC Member Highlight: Dr. Henry Shih

TAFEC Member Highlight: Dr. Henry Shih

I took a non-traditional route into the freestanding emergency department industry. I was born in Auburn, AL and grew up in Huntsville, AL.  I first went to optometry school at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. Following optometry school, I was commissioned in the...

A Day in the Life: Dr. R. Lee Chilton

A Day in the Life: Dr. R. Lee Chilton

Emergencies happen 24/7, so every FEC is open every hour of every day of the year.  Most of the folks who work in FSECs come from hospital emergency departments. Many are from large urban facilities with overflowing waiting rooms, miserable patients, and very slow...

A Day in the Life: Danny Carey – RN

A Day in the Life: Danny Carey – RN

My name is Danny Carey and I am an emergency room RN at Golden Triangle Emergency Center (GTEC) in Port Arthur, TX. I have been with GTEC since we opened our doors in 2014. I graduated from Lamar University with my BSN in 2007 and went to work in a local level 4...

A Day in the Life: Dr. Shannon Spigener

A Day in the Life: Dr. Shannon Spigener

After 17 years of full-time work as an emergency medicine physician in various types of emergency departments, I was fortunate to have a good friend and fellow physician introduce me to the world of freestanding emergency centers.  My first thought as he described...

Member Highlight: Greg Hadden

Member Highlight: Greg Hadden

The practice of medicine has changed a lot in the 15 years.  The emergency medical care that we provide our patients has improved significantly.  However, this is true in spite of the fact that forces outside emergency physicians’ control have needlessly increased the...

Sponsor Highlight: Texas Systems Group (TXSG)

Sponsor Highlight: Texas Systems Group (TXSG)

Sponsor Highlight: Texas Systems Group (TXSG) Texas Systems Group provides one of the most cost-effective and comprehensive IT solutions for freestanding emergency centers (FECs) on the market today. We understand the complex requirements of trying to efficiently run...

A Day in the Life: Angela Webb – RN

A Day in the Life: Angela Webb – RN

I have been with Golden Triangle since its inception in July of 2014 for the Port Arthur location, and April of 2015 for my current Orange location. I absolutely love my job! I lead the entire amazing Golden Triangle Crew, and also work as a staff nurse on the floor...

Freestanding Centers Could Boost Healthcare Access in Rural Texas

BY GERAD TROUTMAN Special to the Star-Telegram When it comes to access to emergency care, Texas has plenty of room for improvement. In fact, the American College of Emergency Physicians 2014 Report Card rated Texas an F for providing access to emergency care. Fifteen...

Positive Economic Impact of Freestanding Emergency Centers

As chief medical officer of Elite Care, a freestanding emergency center with facilities in San Antonio and across the state, I would like to address some of the assertions made about emergency care in a recent Viewpoints column, "Freestanding emergency rooms threaten...

Freestanding Emergency Rooms Get Bum Rap

Freestanding emergency rooms are taking it on the chin in the media as the low hanging fruit that some businesses and consumers want to blame for their out-of-pocket health care expenses, but the facts and objective, generally accepted business principles don’t tell...

A Day in the Life: Jaime Weaver

What really sets us apart as a freestanding emergency center at Neighbors Emergency Center is our common goal to promote a culture of caring by living out our mission statement “to Make Lives Better.” We have five core values that we strive to put into practice every...

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