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East Texas hospital practice mass movement of patients across the region

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This Wednesday, April 18 all across East Texas, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and coordinating agencies will be working together to practice the triage and transfer of patients with injuries from potential tornado.  Approximately 250 students will be ‘acting’ as tornado victims.

This would be necessary when hospitals and/or nursing homes suffer damage during a severe weather event. The priority of the Texas hospital system is to maintain patient/staff safety at all times.  Practicing how a mass surge of patients will function is a priority among healthcare professionals in the 19 counties in East Texas.

Each hospital and nursing home will be working through what we call an exercise. This means they will be simulating the actual process of receiving the patients, assessing their condition, treatment plans and admitting the patient to their facility or to evacuate existing patients due to infrastructure issue.

While hospitals and EMS agencies handle emergencies each day, there is a different process when we are moving several hundred patients at a time.  The Medical Operations Center known regionally as the G-MOC will set up in Tyler at the Regional Advisory Council office located at 100 E Ferguson Street in Tyler.  The function of this team is to manage at a regional level the flow of patients based on the number of patients who need to be moved and the current available patient beds at each hospital and nursing home.  This will be coordinated in Tyler by the Regional Advisory Council, Northeast Texas Public Heath (NETHealth) and representatives from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS), hospitals, EMS agencies and the regional Disaster District Coordinator with real time data; just as it would be in a disaster scenario.

Here is a list of participating facilities by county.

Participating hospitals, nursing homes, educational facilities and Emergency Management across the region by county:

 Camp County:

UT Health Pittsburg

Cherokee County:

Cherokee County Sheriff

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Jacksonville

Jacksonville Fire Department

Jacksonville Police Department

Tyler Family Circle of Care Jacksonville

UT Health Jacksonville

UT Tyler Nursing School

Freestone County: – Freestone Medical Center Fairfield

Gregg County:

Champion EMS

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center Longview

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center North Park

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center Kilgore

Heritage of Longview Healthcare and Rehabilitation – Longview

Pace Opportunity Center, Inc. Longview

Select Specialty Hospital Longview

UT Tyler Nursing Longview

Harrison County:

CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Medical Center Marshall

GenesisPrime FQHC Clinic-Marshall

Marshall Manor Nursing and Rehab Marshall

Henderson County:

Chandler Nursing Center – Chandler

Tyler Family Circle of Care – Athens

UT Health Athens

Panola County: – UT Health Carthage

Rusk County: – UT Health Henderson

Smith County:

Allegiance Home Health Tyler

Baylor Scott White/Texas Spine and Joint Tyler

Breckenridge Village Tyler

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Tyler

CHRISTUS Healthsouth Rehab Tyler

City of Tyler Fire Department

Disaster District 6 Coordinator Tyler

Northeast Texas Public Health

Smith County Fire Marshall’s Office Tyler

Tyler Family Circle of Care – three (3) Tyler locations

Tyler Junior College

UT Health East Texas EMS

UT Health North Campus Tyler

UT Health Tyler

UT Tyler Nursing Tyler

UT Tyler Pharmacy Tyler


Van Zandt County:  Van Zandt Regional Medical Center Grand Saline

Wood County:

CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Winnsboro

Quitman Fire Department

UT Health Quitman

Winnsboro Fire Department

Wood County Emergency Management/Northeast Texas Public Health Department

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Summer Work Program Aims to Connect 2,000 Texas Students with Jobs

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AUSTIN ⎯ The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) today announced the kickoff of its 2018 Summer Earn and Learn program that provides students with disabilities, aged 16-22, with work readiness training and paid work experience. The program is a partnership between TWC, Texas Workforce Solutions Offices and Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services (TWS-VRS).

Last year, more than 1,500 students participated in Summer Earn and Learn and worked in positions as design graphics assistants, customer service representatives, peer counselors and others. Small and large businesses who participated in the program include Alamo College in San Antonio, the Clements Boys & Girls Club in Killeen and CVS, HEB, and Verizon locations throughout the state.

“The Summer Earn and Learn program provides valuable opportunities for Texas students with disabilities to learn about the exciting careers available to them in the Texas workforce,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “We encourage students and parents to contact their local Workforce Solutions office to learn more about these paid internship positions available this summer.”

Local Workforce Development Boards, who oversee the Workforce Solutions Offices, will collaborate with local TWS-VRS staff to promote the program and identify students and businesses who are interested in participating. Students will receive work readiness training and connect with a local employer, where they will have the opportunity to do hands-on work for five weeks or more. The students will learn about the employer’s industry and develop skills and work experience that will prepare them for successful transition to postsecondary education and employment.

“Employers who sign on to Summer Earn and Learn are committed to the professional development of workers in their industries and developing potentially long-term employees,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “The program provides employers with direct access to their local workforce, which consists of students who are eager to learn and work.”

“Through Summer Earn and Learn, our youth are viewing firsthand the day-to-day responsibilities associated with careers they might chose for their future,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Afterwards, students will return to school with meaningful skill sets and knowledge of the workplace.”

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Applications being accepted until April 30 for two board of trustee seats

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Kilgore College is accepting applications until 5 p.m. Monday, April 30, for two board appointments to fill the vacant seat of the late James Walker and the seat of Bob Heath who is retiring.

Heath represents the South Zone, Voting Unit #1, Place 7.  The remainder of the term for this seat lasts until May of 2019 when a regular election will be held for that seat.

Voting Unit #1 includes Leverett’s Chapel, West Rusk and Overton independent school districts.

Walker’s vacant seat is Voting Unit #2, Place 2, North Zone (Gladewater, Sabine and White Oak ISDs).  The remainder of the term for this seat lasts until May of 2021.

Applicants for the two seats will be reviewed by a board subcommittee that will recommend an appointment for consideration by the full board.

According to board bylaws, any vacancy occurring on the KC Board of Trustees through death, resignation or otherwise, shall be filled by a special election ordered by the board or by appointment by resolution or order of the board. Appointees will serve until the next regular election.

Each member of the board must be a resident, qualified voter of the district and must take the proper oath of office before taking up duties of the board.

Anyone interested in being appointed to serve in one of these two vacant board seats can submit a letter of interest to Nancy Law, located in Office 100 on the first floor of the Stewart McLaurin Administration Building on the Kilgore campus.

Office hours are 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 8 a.m. to Noon and 1 to 3:45 p.m. on Friday.

To receive forms by mail or e-mail, call Nancy Law at 903-983-8101 or e-mail:

More information is available at

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AUSTIN – In recognition of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 9-13, the Texas Department of Transportation reminds drivers that every day requires caution when driving through work zones. In 2017, work zone fatalities in Texas increased 9 percent over the previous year, resulting in 199 deaths and 813 serious injuries. With 4 percent of those fatalities being road crew workers, the remaining 96 percent was comprised of motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.

“We always urge drivers to exercise great caution and obey traffic laws, especially in work zones,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “Doing so helps ensure everyone – motorists and work crews – gets home safely to their loved ones.”

As the state’s population continues to boom, the price of progress can mean more than 2,500 active TxDOT work zones at any given time. In 2017, there were 27,148 work zone crashes in Texas, an increase of 5 percent over 2016. The leading causes of statewide work zone crashes – speeding and driver inattention – are entirely preventable. Fines in work zones double when workers are present and can cost up to $2,000.

“Roadside crews often work only a few feet from fast-moving traffic,” Bass said. “Driver vigilance is paramount to ensuring the safety of everyone in the work zone. We urge anyone driving through a work zone to minimize distractions, give their full attention to the road and be prepared to slow down or stop on short notice.”

As part of its ongoing Work Zone Awareness campaign, TxDOT also reminds drivers of the Move Over/Slow Down law, which requires drivers to move over or slow down when approaching TxDOT crews, law enforcement, emergency vehicles or tow trucks stopped on the roadside or shoulder with flashing blue or amber lights. Failure to do so can result in fines up to $2,000.

To further help raise awareness about the need for driver responsibility in work zones, TxDOT is partnering with Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company to spread the campaign message around the state. An integral part of Texas Mutual’s mission – helping employers prevent workplace incidents and minimizing their consequences – aligns with TxDOT’s Work Zone Awareness efforts.

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Texas Prepaid Tuition Program Enrollment Deadline Approaches

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(AUSTIN) — Texas families can lock in today’s cost of undergraduate tuition and school-wide required fees at Texas public colleges and universities by enrolling their children in the tax-advantaged Texas Tuition Promise Fund® prior to the close of the current enrollment period on Feb. 28.

The Texas Tuition Promise Fund, the state’s prepaid college tuition program, allows participants to prepay undergraduate tuition and school-wide required fees by purchasing tuition units for a four-year degree, two years of community college or just a few semesters at Texas public colleges and universities.

“The Texas Tuition Promise Fund provides an opportunity to start paying for your child’s future higher education at today’s costs,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “Starting a plan for your child’s education today will help you save money on tomorrow’s expenses.”

To enroll children younger than 1 in the program at 2017-18 prices, the deadline extends to July 31. The next annual enrollment period begins Sept. 1, with new contract prices based on Texas public college costs for the 2018-19 academic year.

Complete plan information, current prices, enrollment forms and more are available online at, or by calling 800-445-GRAD (4723), Option 5.

Purchasers should carefully consider the risks, administrative fees, service and other charges and expenses associated with the contracts, including Plan termination and decreased transfer or refund value. The Plan Description and Master Agreement contains this and other information about the Plan and may be obtained by visiting the website or calling 800-445-GRAD (4723). Purchasers should read these documents carefully before purchasing a contract. 

Participation in the Texas Tuition Promise Fund does not guarantee admission to or graduation from any college or university. 

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Conservative Lt. Gov. Candidate Scott Milder Announces Endorsements from Former Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff, Rep. Byron Cook, and Two Former Commissioners of Education, Dr.

(ROCKWALL, TX) – Scott Milder, conservative Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor, has been gathering momentum for his campaign, receiving key endorsements from former Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff, State Representative Byron Cook, and former Commissioners of Education Dr. Shirley Neeley Richardson and Dr. Mike Moses.

“I am honored to have the support of each of these leaders, as well as the many voters across Texas who have given their time and energy to my campaign. Throughout the state, I heard the same thing time and again – we need a Lieutenant Governor who works for us, not for wealthy donors and special interests. I agree, and that is why I am running for office. If I am elected, I will work hard for the people of Texas and I will always listen to you, not the special interests that have influenced government for too long,” said Scott Milder.

Quotes from all four endorsers are as follows:

“A great leader must first be a great listener, and never forget that their first responsibility is to the entire state. Scott Milder is a proven conservative whose dedication to serving all Texans is evidenced in both word and deed. He is well-suited to healing the wounds in our State Capitol in order to tackle the many issues facing boardrooms and classrooms across Texas today.”

-Bill Ratliff, Former Lieutenant Governor

“Scott Milder offers a common sense approach that would prove beneficial to our state. He is a traditional Republican who believes in and will fight to protect the conservative tenets of limited government, local control, pro-business policy, and our constitutionally mandated system of free public schools.”

-Byron Cook, State Representative and Chairman of the House Committee on State Affairs

“Scott Milder has had the courage to put his name in front of the voters in our state to become the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Scott deserves your support, and by way of this letter, he is receiving my endorsement. For those who are truly serious about wanting a change in the way our state is governed, and the way public schools are treated, it is imperative to support Scott’s candidacy.”

“Scott understands that he is not just running to represent educators. He must represent all Texans, and he will do an effective job of creating an environment that is healthy for business, education and prosperity in Texas. He is the person who can best work with members of the Texas Senate in a positive, constructive way to bring about common sense and fiscally responsible solutions to our state’s challenges. Texans need to take this opportunity to endorse Scott’s stewardship of our future.”

-Dr. Mike Moses, Former Commissioner of Education

“I strongly support Scott Milder because I have worked with him, I know Scott and his family and I know how honest, sincere, dependable, intelligent and focused Scott Milder is on doing what is best for Texas! Scott has a grass roots campaign that is transparent, well developed and driven by his vast experience in public schools, public office, the business community and point blank: Scott is not afraid to do the right thing!!! It is time to elect hard working men and women to the Texas Legislature that have truly walked a mile in OUR shoes!”

-Dr. Shirley J. (Neeley) Richardson, Former Commissioner of Education

Scott Milder, a conservative Republican, has twenty years of experience as a businessman. Scott served two terms on the Rockwall City Council and co-founded a nonprofit organization supporting Texas education. He lives in Rockwall with his wife of twenty years, Leslie, and their children. The Milders are members of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall.


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