Lumberton, TX – May 14, 2020 – Altus Lumberton Hospital, the main headquarters of the Altus Emergency Center group, today announced that its staffing of the Silsbee Testing Site will come to an end with the closure of the COVID-19 testing site on Friday, May 15th. Staffing was provided by Altus Lumberton Hospital upon the request of the County. With test numbers decreasing daily, Hardin County Emergency Management has determined a designated county testing site is no longer required and other testing sites in the area will be continued by various local health departments.
Hardin County partnered with Altus Lumberton to open the drive-thru testing site on March 31, 2020. During this time, Altus nurses collected swab specimens on more than 1,300 patients in the area. Shannon Seymour, RN and medical technologist (laboratory technologist), was placed in charge of the project for Altus. She continued operations for the site for six weeks alongside a team of local healthcare professionals that were recruited for the project.
Kevin Herrington, President of Altus Lumberton Hospital, said, “Altus has been a trusted healthcare resource in our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have been able to work closely with Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel throughout this public health emergency and appreciate the confidence he has in our abilities to provide testing for Hardin County and surrounding areas. I would like to thank our exceptional staff for their hard work and dedication, without them this site would not have been a success.”
Taseer Badar, Chairman and CEO of ZT Corporate, said, “The team at Altus Lumberton Hospital has provided exceptional care to everyone in the area. The operational team has ensured that the hospital is run with the community needs front and center. The hospital as well as the other Altus Emergency Center locations are a crucial part of our portfolio of healthcare companies.”
Altus Lumberton Hospital received hospital accreditation and Medicare Deemed status in March, just in time for the COVID-19 public health emergency. In addition, In April, Altus Emergency Centers also announced that its freestanding emergency centers in Lake Jackson and Waxahachie received notification from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allowing for a temporary designation to serve Medicare and Medicaid insured patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff has supported the healthcare needs of the community and will continue to do so during the pandemic
About Altus Lumberton Hospital
Altus Lumberton Hospital opened in December of 2013 as the most advanced Emergency Center in Lumberton, Texas. Altus Lumberton serves as the main headquarters of the Altus Emergency Center group and in December 2020 received hospital accreditation making them the first hospital in the area in over 20 years. The hospital serves an integral role in the community by providing much-needed emergency care to residents of the area. For more information, visit www.altuslumbertonhopsital.org.