Altus Lumberton To Become a Hospital
Lumberton, January 30th, 2020.
Built on the belief that every life matters, Altus Emergency Centers has announced that starting December 9th, its headquarters in Lumberton will become a hospital. Renaming itself to Altus Lumberton Hospital.
Altus Lumberton first opened its doors in December 2013. Over the course of these six years, the emergency center has become an intricate part of the community by providing much-needed emergency care to residents of the area. Moreover, the center has experienced continued growth, and its leadership felt the next step was to expand the services and become a hospital.
The facility will still provide its signature emergency care. However, they are increasing their services to those traditionally found at hospitals, including in-patient care.
Kevin Herrington, president of Altus, stated the main reason the Altus Lumberton location was becoming a hospital was to be able to admit patients who required overnight stay.
“The people of Lumberton opened their community to us and allowed us to become part of their families. We wanted to give back to this community who has given so much to us. Providing patients with quality medical care close to home was the right choice” Kevin Herrington
Altus Lumberton saw a problem when their patients needed to drive long distances either south to Beaumont, or north to Lufkin when they required hospitalization. The lack of facilities which provided the required care close to home not only was an inconvenience to patients, it also represented an added financial burden to their families.
“The people of Lumberton deserve better from the healthcare system. The residents of Lumberton are caring and charitable, always ready to lend a helping hand. They should not have to compromise their health needs in any way. Altus Lumberton was in a position to correct a wrong, and we took the opportunity” Dr. Ike, Chief of Staff
Benefits for the Community
With the transformation of Altus Lumberton, residents of this large community will for the first time in over 20 years, have access to first-class hospital services.
Although not a large hospital facility, Altus Lumberton will provide a much-needed service with plenty of added benefits.
Among these benefits, operations administrator Richelle Blackburn listed:
- In-Patient Care with 4- Hospital Beds (For 2-3 Overnight Stays)
- Open 24/7, No Lines
- Online Check-In for an Expedited Process
- Easy Parking
- Access to Local In-House Doctors 24/7
- Cutting-Edge ER Technology On-Site 24/7
- On-Site Full-Service Diagnostic Laboratory
- 24/7 Imaging Capacities (CT Scan, X-Rays, Ultrasound)
- Pediatric Focused Examining Rooms
- Patient Advocate
Medicare Patients, Coming Soon!
Another great advantage of Altus Lumberton becoming a hospital is the ability to be recognized by Medicare. We are in the process of obtaining a Medicare number through accreditation with Center for Improvement In Healthcare Quality (CIHQ).
That means senior citizens residing in or near Lumberton can now have access to the best quality medical care without having to go far from home.
Any Medicare member with Part A and Part B coverage will be a direct beneficiary of the new Altus Lumberton hospital facility.
As always, the Altus Lumberton facility will provide patients and their families with their top-rated Patient Advocate service.
The Patient Advocate is available to help answer questions regarding health insurance plan coverage. They also file claims and appeals on behalf of the patient and offer assistance in other areas.
Although Altus Lumberton has offered this service for many years, the scope of its role will now expand to ensure patients get the coverage they are entitled to on hospital services like in-patient care.
The facility will start providing hospital services as early as December 18th, and the official ribbon ceremony is expected to take place On January 30 of 2020.