Women’s services offered by Cherokee County Public Health

Cherokee County Public Health Department recently received funds by the Texas Department of State Health Services to expand clinical services to eligible women in the area, officials announced.

The new Women’s Health and Family Life Planning Clinic will see women ages 18 and older for primary care and family planning services, including new services that were not available before, such as expanded diagnostics and laboratory testing.

The county health clinic will use existing funds for primary care to provide services to men and adolescents.

In addition, the department is working with the city of Rusk and the Alto Economic Development Corp. to bring appointments to both cities one day per week. Services to the Alto community will be provided at 123 Busy Bee St. and in the Rusk community at 555 Euclid St. Officials note that these services are provided as part of the network of traveling clinics to rural communities and these addresses do not reflect buildings owned or leased by the department. Residents should not anticipate seeking public health services except on the designated dates and times. Weekly traveling clinics will be 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. beginning April 7 in Rusk and April 10 in Alto.

For appointments and eligibility, call 903-586-6191.

Kick-off events for the new clinic will be held from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 24, 25 and 27, at 510 E. Commerce.

The department is partnering with The University of Texas at Tyler, Graduate Nurse Practitioner Program, to provide services that include breast and cervical health screening, primary care services and check-ups, pap tests, diagnostics and more on those days.

The department offers breast and cervical cancer screening, immunizations, family life planning, women’s and men’s primary care, disease surveillance, public health and family preparedness, consumer health and food safety inspection, among other services.

ETMC’s annual Great Getaway set for April 22 through 24

East Texas cancer survivors can participate in East Texas Medical Center Cancer Institute’s annual “Great Getaway” retreat April 22 through 24 at Pine Cove on Lake Palestine.

The retreat gives cancer survivors a chance to relax and refocus. It also provides opportunities for meeting others who share some of the same concerns associated with cancer. Any adult who has been diagnosed with cancer is invited to attend.

Pine Cove offers motel-style rooms that have private baths. All lodging, meals and snacks are included in the $50 registration fee. Arrival time begins at 1 p.m. April 22 and the retreat will conclude at 1:30 p.m. April 24.

Registration forms and fees must be received by April 9. Space is limited and priority will be given to first-time attendees. A limited number of scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. For more information, call ETMC Cancer Institute at 903-595-5550 or 800-541-0592.

ETMC offers free forum about women’s health

ETMC will offer a free KnowledgeFirst Forum on women’s health issues at noon Tuesday in the ETMC Pavilion, 801 Clinic Drive.

Dr. Jennifer Newton and Dr. Sheila Layne with Four Seasons Women’s Health will discuss the use of a robot in women’s gynecological surgeries.

For example, the da Vinci Si Surgical System allows surgeons to perform procedures through a few tiny incisions, which can make healing easier. The surgeon controls the da Vinci system. Although it is often called a “robot,” the da Vinci cannot be programmed or make decisions. It replicates the surgeon’s movements.

Lunch will be served at the event and free parking is available next to the Pavilion. The gate and building will open at 11:30 a.m. and the presentation will begin at noon. To preregister, call 866-333-ETMC and press 6.


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