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With the recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, attention has been focused on emergency care. Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says Hunt Regional conducts regular Hazardous Vulnerability Assessments, or emergency drills, to prepare for likely emergency situations that would hit the area.  The results of the drills are evaluated for their effectiveness. 

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the local emergency centers do see cases of opioid abuse.  She says it's important that opioid medications -- such as oxycodone or fentanyl -- not be prescribed for relatively minor pain trouble.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, discusses the recent re-opening of the cardiac catheterization lab at the Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville. With the new cath lab, Hunt Regional will be able to able to care for patients suffering a heart attack who otherwise would have to be taken to another facility. 

 

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A recent survey shows the state of Texas close to the national average in a measurement of preparedness for responding to an emergency.  Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says they recently conducted a drill to prepare for a possible disaster in the area.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the fourth most common cancer, and the second leading cause of cancer deaths.  But Kim says it is relatively easy to treat if it is found early. She says people with diets high in red meat and/or fried and broiled foods tend to be more at risk for colorectal cancer.

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The director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, Kim Saenz, says the emergency centers have been exceptionally busy treating cases of the flu and strep in recent weeks.  She said the Quinlan center is seeing an average of about 50 patients a day and Commerce just under 40.  But on one day, the Commerce center saw 65 patients.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, comments on a recent award presented to the hospital district by the state Department of Health for its birth-registration services, including measurements on all birth registration, timeliness, and training of registrars.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says vein finder finders make the task of taking blood from cancer patients and others much easier.  One of the objectives of the recent Bras for the Cause campaign was to provide one or more additional vein finders for Hunt Regional's Lou and Jack Finney Cancer Center.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Medical Centers of Commerce and Quinlan, discusses the causes of stress and depression that may affect college students as the new school year begins.

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Kim Saenz, director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, reflects on an article about the growth of free-standing emergency centers.  But Kim says the facilities in Commerce and Quinlan are different from many of them, in that they tend to be for-profit facilities located in upscale suburban areas, whereas the local facilities are run by the public Hunt Regional Healthcare

Hunt Regional Home Care has earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says less than two percent of home health agencies across the country earned the five-star rating.

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Centers in Commerce and Greenville, says one in four deaths of children one to four years old is due to drowning.  Kim says parents and other adults should never be more than an arms length away from children in the water.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says May is both Mental Health Month and Stroke Awareness Month.  "FAST" is the acronym to remember when responding to stroke: "F," take note of facial drooping; "A," be aware of weakness

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The director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, Kim Saenz, says it is common for senior citizens taking medications to make mistakes, causing a visit to the emergency room.  Kim says the average senior citizen in taking 17 medications, making the task of taking them all correctly challenging.  But she says the use of blister packs labeled by the day, and other packaging improvements, have cut down on the number of medication-taking errors.

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Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says the Commerce center is offering lunch at 12 noon Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  The lunch is free for those over 60, and $4 for others.  The meals are provided by Senior Center Resources and Public Transit in Greenville, which also provides transportation.  Call 903-454-1444 the day before to request a ride.

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